Council advises Hampshire headteachers to prepare for strike

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HAMPSHIRE County Council is bracing itself for widespread disruption in schools as teaching union members strike next Thursday.

It is sending letters to advise schools how to manage possible closures on the day, and to ask headteachers to report the scale of their expected strikes.

Teaching unions the NUT and ATL, which represent 41 per cent of teachers in Hampshire, have voted in favour of industrial action to oppose changes to their pension.

Cllr Roy Perry, Hampshire’s education boss, said he hoped strike action would not lead to widespread disruption of pupils’ education.

He added: ‘The decision to close a school will be one for individual heads and their governing bodies to make.

‘They will have to decide whether they have sufficient staff to enable them to open the school safely and maintain a full or revised curriculum.’

To record the impact of strike action on a school visit hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures