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PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 August 2010

CHILDREN S education will suffer if planned teaching cuts go ahead, a union have warned.

CHILDREN'S education will suffer if planned teaching cuts go ahead, a union have warned.

Union bosses have vowed to fight the axing of six positions at Morden Mount School, Lewisham Road.

UNISON claim three teaching assistants will go, the school's only two bilingual posts will be scrapped and one administrator.

The school is due to accept pupils from Charlotte Turner School which Greenwich council is due to close.

Greenwich branch secretary for UNISON, Onay Kasab, said: "We will fight any compulsory redundancies. This is purely budget led, how can a school due to accept pupils from Charlotte Turner now decide to cut staff?

"It will be the children who suffer as a result, unless we can fight off these cuts."

A spokesman for Greenwich council said Morden Mount staff are in discussion with unions over the reduction of non-teaching posts. The decision to close Charlotte Turner was taken in the light of the school's continuing failure to improve, despite extra resources and support.

"Funding follows children and all schools receiving additional children will receive additional funding. No class sizes will exceed 30."

He said the council is continuing to work with Charlotte Turner parents to ensure that they are able to place their child in their preferred alternative school.

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