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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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Morgan: Teachers putting children's education at risk

Teachers are putting children's education at risk and disrupting parents by taking "unnecessary" strike action, Nicky Morgan has told Good Morning Britain.

Nicky Morgan speaking to Good Morning Britain. Credit: GMB

The education secretary denied claims the government was cutting funding, saying the schools budget was the highest it has even been.

She said less than a quarter of members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) had voted for strike action, which she claimed represented less than 10% of the total teaching profession.

Morgan also said the government would re-engage in talks with the NUT to "air all the issues".

"This strike is unnecessary, it is putting children's education at risk and inconveniencing parents."

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