NEU Sixth form industrial ballot and strike

The strike ballot for sixth form colleges closed on 16 September and five out of six members voted to take action – 84 per cent of members voted Yes to action and Yes to saving the sixth form college sector.  Following that ballot, NEU members in sixth form colleges took strike action on three days in October and November 2019.

It has not been possible to resolve the dispute with the Secretary of State, so National Education Union members working in 34 sixth form colleges will be taking strike action on Wednesday 12 February, Thursday 27 February and Tuesday 10 March (the day before Budget day).

There is currently an overall £700 million shortfall in funding for Post 16 education.

Teaching staff numbers and support staff posts have fallen significantly due to the real-terms cuts, while at the same time student numbers have risen. This is putting the future of sixth form colleges under serious threat. If the crisis continues to go unaddressed, it is students’ education that will continue to suffer.

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List of colleges taking strike action:

Ashton Sixth Form College

Bilborough College

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

City & Islington Sixth Form College

Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Esher College

Gateway Sixth Form College

Havering Sixth Form College

Hereford Sixth Form College

Hills Road Sixth Form College

King Edward VI College – Nuneaton

King Edward VI College Stourbridge

Long Road Sixth Form College

Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield

 Newham Sixth Form College

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Peter Symonds College

Priestley College

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Reigate College

Richard Huish College

Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Sir George Monoux College

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College

St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

St John Rigby RC Sixth Form College

The Blackpool Sixth Form College

The Brooke House Sixth Form College

The Sixth Form College Solihull

Thomas Rotherham College, Rotherham

Varndean College

WQE and Regent College Group

Xaverian College