Teachers union the NUT has today cancelled its planned strike, having decided that the changes to teachers' pensions actually represent a valuable lesson in life for pupils.
'Naturally, as our members have dedicated their lives to serving the public rather than accepting highly paid high-flying jobs in the private sector they always put the education of their children above their own personal gain' explained union leader Christine Blower, 'and having given these changes to our pensions careful consideration we now realise that pupils can learn more if we accept the changes than if we don't.'
Support for the changes has been growing amongst teachers in the last few days. 'I was all in favour of striking' said Bristol teacher Muriel Adams, 'but then I thought, my kids can learn all sorts of things from this: mainly that you get shafted by your employer whether you're in the public or private sector and that you'll probably have to work until you die. It's important that we prepare them properly for the world of work.'
Other teachers echoed his comments. Law teacher Phillip Gate said 'we're already planning a study of the one-sided employment laws that allow employment terms and conditions to be changed and the impact that a further weakening of the right to strike would have. It's been brilliant.' Maths teacher Mick Waite added 'I've had my students working out how much better off I'll still be when I retire than if I'd worked in the private sector. I'll still never be able to retire, but at least we all fully understand the figures now.'
Not all teachers were so pleased though. Media studies teacher Ted Lawson grumbled 'we've had to cancel plans for our short film 'Kettled: Sir's day out on strike', and French teacher Frank Atkinson said 'I've invited some teachers from France over for the day to join in - they love a good strike. Now they're just going to have to help my class practice their French speaking skills or something. They'll be bitterly disappointed.'
Pupils however have surprisingly welcomed the news. 'I'm glad I'm not getting a day off' said sixth-former Michael Greenway. 'All I was going to do was sit on the sofa playing X-box, and now I get the chance to see if that throbbing vein on the side of Mr Conway's head gets any bigger. If we keep reminding him of the extra year he's going to have to work here maybe he'll collapse in front of us and I'll get to see the NHS in action - that'll be better than doing work experience doing filing in some office won't it.'