Teachers' strike halts lessons for children across the North East
The first national strike of teaching staff in 15 years is taking place across the region.
Today, (1 February) marks the first of seven planned walkouts in a dispute over pay. The National Education Union (NEU) want a 12% pay rise for its members, rather than the 5% offered by the government.
The union argues that the average teacher's pay has fallen by 13% in real terms since 2010.
Teacher Ryan Brown, who is standing on a picket line in Stockton said: "Unfortunately, we have come to a situation in education where it's been underfunded for so many years now that children's education is suffering every day.
We have got so many teachers teaching out of subject, an increased reliance on supply staff. Obviously it's not an ideal situation, we do apologise for any disruption on the day, but what I can say is, this is a fight that has come with the best of interests, it's all for the future of education."
In a statement, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “It is hugely disappointing the NEU is continuing with strike action. These strikes will have a significant impact on children’s education, especially following the disruption of the past two years, and are creating huge uncertainly for parents.
“With talks ongoing on a range of issues, including around future pay, workload, behaviour and recruitment and retention, it is clear that strikes are not being used as a last resort.“I have been clear that unions do not need to strike to meet with me. I also reiterated my call to union leaders to ask their members to let head teachers know if they intend to strike, helping schools to minimise the impact on children. I will continue doing everything possible to protect children’s education."
Here is a full list of all the schools that will be closed in our region:
Walkergate Community School
St Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road
Walker Riverside Academy
Jesmond Park Academy
Hotspur Primary School
Thomas Walling Primary Academy
Biddick Academy, Washington
St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College
Town End Academy
St John's Church of England Academy.
Marine Park First School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, North Shields
Kings Priory School, Huntington Place
Kings Priory School, Percy Park Site
Whitley Bay High
Monkseaton Middle School
Consett, NDA, The Croft,Newker and Framwellgate
North Park Primary
Croft Community School
Shotley Bridge Primary
Cotsford Primary School
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Blackhill
The Meadows School
Villa Real School
Stanhope Barrington Primary School
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College Lanchester
The Oaks Secondary School
Bowburn Primary School
Park View School
Holy Trinity Rosehill
High Tunstall School
Hill Top School
St Joseph's, Hebburn
The Beacon Centre
Mortimer Community College
Hadrian Park Primary School
Hebburn Lakes Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Academy
Whitburn C of E Academy
Hebburn Comprehensive School
Will my child's school be closed?
The decision to open, restrict attendance, or close a maintained school is being left to the headteacher.
The National Education Union (NEU) is required by law to provide schools with the number of members that it is calling on to take strike action in each workplace, but the union does not have to provide the names of members.
Teachers are under no obligation to tell their headteacher that they intend to strike, which means headteachers and academy trust bosses are unlikely to know how many of their staff will be taking strike action until the last minute.