Teachers' work-to-rule plan could hit after-school clubs in in Leicester and Leicestershire
Children's after-school activities and lunchtime supervision could be hit as teachers decide to work to rule in a row over pensions and working conditions.
If the policy fails, strike action by hundreds of teachers in the city and county is on the cards this autumn.
It follows a one-day strike last November which closed hundreds of schools in Leicester and Leicestershire as teaching unions attempted to force politicians around the table.
The action is being taken by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT – two of the biggest teaching unions – in an attempt to protect members from changes to their pension and campaign for better working practices.
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Ian Leaver, assistant secretary of Leicester's NUT branch, said: "This action isn't designed to disrupt children's learning. The whole idea is to eliminate the burdensome tasks that prevent teachers from teaching and are a response to the continued attacks on teachers from this Government."
The action, to start at the end of the month, includes teachers working their scheduled hours only, attending meetings in those designated hours and being given time in their rota to plan lessons.
It will mean that many teachers who run lunchtime or after- school clubs in their own time may also decide to down tools.
In addition, teachers may refuse to cover for staff absences and carry out administrative tasks such as collecting money from pupils or parents.
The unions say teachers are spending less time in the classroom and more time on other tasks.
They also claim they are being robbed of a fair pension following the Government's decision to stop final salary schemes in favour of average career earnings and request greater contributions.
Mr Leaver said: "Attempts to introduce a more punitive performance management system and a freeze on pay have left teachers demoralised. This joint action is a statement by teachers to the Secretary of State that enough's enough.
"Teachers want to be left to do the job they are paid to do, which is to teach children, without continual interference from central Government."
He said unions wanted to give Education Secretary Michael Gove every opportunity to speak to them before walk-outs took place.
Alan Hackett, NASUWT's executive regional member, said: "We're not afraid of taking this further if necessary, but we hope this will force Michael Gove to sit up and listen to our concerns. We want to reclaim the classroom and concentrate on what teachers are supposed to be doing – teaching children.
"There are still very strong feelings about changes to our pensions at a time when salaries aren't rising and we're being asked to pay more into them.
"This isn't about disrupting pupils, but doing the job we set out to do. It's important we look at all other avenues before walking out."
Sally Morrison, head of Eyres Monsell Primary, in Leicester, welcomed the joint action.
She said: "Many teachers work on goodwill and put in hours of their own time to lunchtime and after-school clubs, as well as taking shed loads of additional work home with them."
A Department for Education spokeswoman called the decision "disappointing".
She said industrial action would disrupt pupils' education, inconvenience parents and damage teachers' reputation in the eyes of the public.