Schools shut as teachers strike
WHITSTONE School and Ansford Academy are among hundreds of schools across the UK affected by today's strike action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
Teachers across the country are striking over pay, conditions and pensions.
The NUT said: "The failure of the Government to enter into meaningful talks aimed at reaching agreement is now leading to strike action.
"These disputes cover excessive workload and bureaucracy; cuts and other changes to teachers' pay; adverse changes to their pensions; and job cuts."
Teachers say they are deeply concerned about the impact these imposed changes are having on the morale of the teaching profession, the recruitment and retention of teachers and on the provision of quality education for pupils.
Other Shepton area schools closed today are Bruton Primary School, St Aldhelm's Primary School and Upton Noble CEVC Primary School.
Representatives from these schools declined to comment.
Open today are Bowlish County Infants School, Castle Cary County Primary School, Croscombe Primary School, Ditcheat Primary School, Evercreech VC Primary School, Shepton Mallet Infants School and St Paul's Junior School.
The NUT said: "Members of the NUT and the NASUWT teacher unions have been engaged in co-ordinated industrial action short of strike.
"This action by our members has been designed to enable teachers to focus on the job of teaching and to prevent a crisis in the teaching profession which could have devastating consequences for our schools.
"However, the Secretary of State for Education is continuing to make changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service that are not supported by teachers and are making it much harder for schools to recruit and retain good teachers.
"The Secretary of State for Education is refusing to engage in genuine talks with the NUT and the NASUWT about teachers' concerns, despite numerous requests by both unions. Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by strike action. However, the Government's refusal to engage to resolve the dispute means that they have no alternative other than to demonstrate to the Government their concerns."