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Staff at Angel college go on strike in pay row

22 November, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Striking staff outside the college

STAFF at a sixth form college in Angel went on their third day of strikes to demand more res­ources for their students on Wednesday.

Students faced a day of cancelled classes at City and Islington Sixth Form College in Goswell Road as their teachers walked out.

There was strike action at 25 sixth form colleges throughout the country with the National Education Union (NEU) saying there is a £700million shortfall in funding for post-16 teaching.

Pippa Dowswell, an NEU rep for City and Islington and a biology teacher at the college, said: “If we don’t do something and stand up for ourselves and the college we would end up in a situation where we lose sixth form colleges altogether.

“These colleges have lost a fifth of our funding since 2010. We are all suffering as a result.

Ms Dowswell said she had seen a cut in the mental health support offered to students alongside the number of teaching assistants at her college.

She said she didn’t think the government “valued” sixth form colleges and added: “The creation of free schools and academies has pushed sixth form colleges out.

“Students are clear they want more resources and extra support in classes at sixth form colleges.”

Ken Muller, a spokes­man for the Islington branch of the NEU, said: “There was a good turn­out for teachers. There was tooting from cars and the morale was high with teachers willing to take further action if necessary.”

He added: “Sixth form teachers’ pay has failed to keep up with inflation or the pay of teaches in schools.

“It’s not fair and it’s not sustainable.”

The college had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to press.

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