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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pupils at home as teachers strike

Some 50 staff at Newcastle-under-Lyme School in Staffordshire have walked out after the head of English was sacked, partly due to poor exam results. A meeting on Friday between unions and school governors failed to reach an agreement to get Peter Cash reinstated. The school said it was closed but about 40 staff had come in to work. About 1,100 pupils have been affected by teachers going on strike in what may be the first ever industrial action at an independent school.