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Teachers take strike action across the South West

Some schools in the region are partially open Credit: ITV Westcountry

Many schools are shut across the West Country today as teachers go on strike.

It's part of a nationwide walk-out organised by the NUT, in a dispute over performance related pay, as well as pensions and conditions.

The Government says the strike's damaging for children's education and will be unpopular with parents.


Union says teachers 'at the end of their tether'

The National Union of Teachers is staging a one-day national strike tomorrow which will affect schools across the South West. Some may be closed or only partially open.

The union says the strike is over the changes to teachers' pensions, performance-related pay and workload.

Andy Woolley, the South West Regional Secretary of the NUT, says many teachers are 'at the end of their tether':

£16.2 million funding announced for Devon schools

Schools in Devon are to get £16.2 million to address underfunding Credit: ITV News West Country

The Schools Minister has announced an extra £16.2 million in funding for schools in Devon. It means an increase of almost £200 per pupil in the authority, which is currently the sixth lowest-funded in the country.

A consultation document has also been published on a new way to make the allocation system fairer in future.


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Investigation after teacher "taped pupils mouths shut"

Ian Bradbury, Executive Head Teacher of the Quantock Federation said: “We take all allegations concerning the well-being of our children very seriously. An incident happened yesterday which we are investigating thoroughly.

A member of staff has been suspended whilst the investigation continues. My thanks to the numerous parents who have brought this matter to my personal attention and have given their on-going support to us in this challenging situation.”

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