East London Advertiser (November 2011) - No to strikes

Teachers at special needs school choose not to strike "for sake of pupils"
By Nadia Sam-Daliri

Teachers at a special needs school chose not to strike today because they feared disrupting their pupils’ routine would not be good for them.   Despite staff members having "issues around pensions", the full workforce at Ian Mikardo school decided not to take to the picket line, for the sake of their pupils.  They went into work at the Bromley-by-Bow school, which caters for 11 to 16-year-olds, while thousands of other teaching staff across Tower Hamlets joined the mass protests.

The school said in a statement: "The matter was considered extremely carefully.  Given that we work with children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties we deemed that to strike would be disruptive to the environment that we are trying to create. "We also do not want to involve them in our battles with the government given their own relationship with society." 

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