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Strike: Ex-soldiers may run classes

Published 24/11/2011 | 14:41

Former soldiers could stand in for teachers at a Norwich school during next week's strike action
Former soldiers could stand in for teachers at a Norwich school during next week's strike action

A headteacher is planning to draft in former soldiers to run classes during next week's strikes.

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Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Norwich, had hoped to bring in serving soldiers to keep classes going during the strike day on November 30.

However, a spokesman said the Army has since pulled out but the school will press ahead by bringing in ex-servicemen who work on mentoring programmes for a private company. The former soldiers will run classes as part of a bid to provide an insight into different walks of life.

Headteacher Rachel de Souza said: "It's about not disrupting children's education and supporting our working parents. Everyone is suffering at the moment because of the economic situation and we don't want to make things harder for anyone.

"It's a simple principle - if we can stay open and support our kids' education, then that's what we must do."

The spokesman added that the school was also working on bringing in police officers to visit some classes.

About half the teachers at the 850-pupil school are expected to join the walkout over pension reform.

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