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Minister: Dedication of teachers keeping schools open

Nick Gibb speaking in the Commons today. Credit: ITV News

Schools minister Nick Gibb has revealed that "seven out of eight schools are refusing to close" despite a teachers' strike.

Responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons about the strike, Mr Gibb paid tribute to the "dedication of the vast majority of teachers and head teachers".

The industrial action by the NUT is pointless but it is far from inconsequential - it disrupts children's education, it inconveniences parents and it damages the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public.

But because of the dedication of the vast majority of teachers and head teachers, our analysis shows that seven out of eight schools are refusing to close.

– Nick Gibb
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