Some schools across our region will be closed today as members of the NUT go on strike.
It's the first national day of action in the long running argument about teachers' pay and conditions.
In Brighton and Hove, 60 schools are shut today, with six partially closed.
Phil Clarke of Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT has said:
Parents should direct their understandable frustration at the disruption our strike causes directly at the government. By attacking teachers rather than supporting them the government risks the long term future of quality education in this country. Pay cuts of 15%, on top of 60 hour weeks and being made to work until 68 make the job increasingly unattractive. Already nearly 50% of teachers don’t last 5 years in the job.
– Phil Clarke, Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT
We need to retain and develop teachers not drive them out of the profession. Education Secretary Michael Gove hasn't even turned up to the talks held to avert this action. The quicker the government realises that it needs to work and negotiate with us as professionals the sooner these strikes will be over."