STAFF at three Merseyside schools will strike this week in a row over changes to appraisals.
National Union of Teachers members at Longview Primary School and St Margaret Mary’s Junior School, Huyton will stage a two-day walk-out along with NASUWT members from both schools and Newton-le-Willows Primary in St Helens.
The picket is the latest move in a long-running dispute over local authority plans to make changes to teachers’ appraisals.
NASUWT executive member Mick Burrows said: "The dispute has been ongoing since October 2011 and we have made attempts to negotiate with the local authorities concerned.
"The current appraisal system ensures no more than three hours of lesson observation can be carried out each year and no more than three sensible employee objectives can be set at each appraisal.
"Under the new system there would be no limit to the amount of observation that could be carried out on a member of staff and more objectives can be set.
"There is also an issue with confidentiality. The current system ensures appraisals are kept private whereas under the new one employee assessment documentation can be shared with any parties deemed interested and authorised.
"There are quite a lot of parent governors, which is a good thing, but it potentially means the parents of children a teacher is dealing with could have access to their performance reports."
Staff will picket outside their schools from 7.30am on both days but it is believed all three will stay open despite the strike.
A St Helens council spokesman said the authority had requested a meeting with NASUWT and arbitrators ACAS and had requested the union suspend the strike action until after it had taken place.