Teachers across the East Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow, in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Teachers across the West Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow, in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Thousands of schools across England and Wales forced to close as teachers strike and threaten further action.
More than 300 teachers from the NUT are preparing for a march through Nottingham city centre.
The union is staging a one-day strike in its ongoing row with the Government over pay, pensions and workload.
Hundreds of schools across the Midlands are expected to be closed or partially-closed today because of a one-day walkout by teachers in an ongoing row over pay and conditions.
The national strike, called by the National Union of Teachers, has been condemned by the government for the disruption it will cause to families.
For a list of closures across the Midlands click here.
Schools across the region are to close today as many teachers go on strike, in protest against government changes to their working conditions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers have planned protest marches, with notable ones in Birmingham and Nottingham taking place this morning.
It is part of a union campaign against what it sees as government attacks on teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has condemned the teachers' strike set to take place in England and Wales tomorrow.
Sir Michael told ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall: "I don't like strikes, I'm sure parents don't like strikes, I'm sure students don't like strikes.
"Learning is disrupted and teachers know that when children leave a school temporarily for day or two days ... it's much more difficult to get back to the routine."
Asked if he condemned the strike action, the chief inspector of schools in England said: "Yes I do."
Nottingham's branch of the NUT plan to march through the city tomorrow morning during a day of action.
Ahead of Wednesday's planned strike action, as a result of the ongoing trade dispute between Michael Gove and the National Union of Teachers, the NUT's General Secretary has highlighted the cause for concern for those in the profession.
Christine Blower is calling for 'joint action' to force government to make the necessary changes:
Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until the age of 68.
Our concerns have to be addressed if a crisis in teacher supply is to be avoided. It is not for us to comment on the decisions of other organisations, but the NUT continue to believe that joint action by teacher unions is the best way to defend teachers and the education service.
Now more than ever, teaching unions need to stand together to defend the members we represent and to speak with one voice.
A spokesman from the Department for Education has responded to plans by the National Union of Teachers to strike on Wednesday.
He said parents would struggle to understand why the NUT was pressing ahead with strikes, when government measures are in place to allow head teachers to pay good teachers more money:
– Department for Education
They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and those talks will begin shortly. Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is nevertheless taking strike action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.
General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, has spoken out ahead of a planned strike on Wednesday, which is set to see more than 40 schools forced to close in the East Midlands alone:
The NUT announced national strike action on March 26th as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which both ourselves and the NASUWT are in dispute: pay, pensions, jobs and workload. Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the STRB, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better for teachers.
The NUT has made clear that strike action can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and engages in serious dialogue with the NUT on the matters of our dispute. The Education Secretary has offered a meeting with officials on February 25th for all teacher unions to discuss talks about a wide range of matters. We will engage positively in this process but there is still no commitment to address the issues in dispute, only how the policies he has imposed will be implemented.