National Education Union (NEU) Cymru and NASUWT members join forces in a joint day of action on Wednesday 12 February, in a bid to change Newport Council's mind on proposed changes at Caerleon Comprehensive School. 

They will be delivering a letter to Cllr Gail Giles, Cabinet member for education, and Newport's interim Chief Exec, Sheila Davies, at 9:30am on Wednesday.

Caerleon Comprehensive has suffered from historic and prolific underfunding and the staff have been subjected to restructuring and redundancy procedures on a regular basis for a number of years. Members fear the proposed restructuring will reducing staffing levels.

David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru said:

"Our members are rightly worried about these proposals. We don't believe now is the time to be restructuring based on plans for the new Curriculum. The Education Minister has told the schools not to rush planning for this. We have until 2022 to get this right.

"It is disappointing that the plans also see support being withdrawn from children with special needs, for discrete classes. The planned increase of class sizes is not acceptable.

"We recognise the Council is under financial pressure, but withdrawing support for the most vulnerable should not be the answer here. We'll be delivering the letter today, and hope that negotiations can come to a better solution for all."

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Strikers will be gathered outside the Civic Centre between 8 and 10am:

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My Local School data shows that the school budget per pupil is eleventh from bottom in Wales. This means that a staggering 95% of other secondary schools have more money per pupil.

The data also shows that the school is in the bottom 18% of Welsh secondary schools in terms of pupil-to-teacher ratio. This means more than 8 in 10 other schools will have more teachers per pupil than Caerleon Comprehensive.

The Local Authority are not working to support the school but are putting pressure on the Governing Body into making a number of changes that the teaching staff feel will have a detrimental effect on pupils’ learning.

Whilst the school is not anticipating a process of compulsory redundancy, the school will still suffer a reduction of 9.3 teaching staff between September 2019 – 2020.

To restructure at this time before the full details have been published is short sighted and further changes to roles are envisaged by many staff.