The education of thousands of children will be disrupted as teachers strike today over conditions and ‘draconian’ changes to education.
Members of the National Union of Teachers plann to meet in front of Portsmouth’s Debenhams department store at midday to rally and march through Commercial Road.
The strike will be part of a nationwide effort aimed at forcing Education Secretary Michael Gove to the negotiating table.
NUT Portsmouth branch secretary Amanda Martin said she regretted the disruption to children’s routine, but that the strike was necessary.
She said: ‘It’s going to create chaos. It’s not something that we want to do but he’s not listening in any way.
Ms Martin said the decision to strike was ‘really tough’.
She said: ‘We don’t make our teachers go out on strike, they’re going to be losing a day’s pay but that’s how passionately they feel.
‘We’ve done our very best to negotiate and to discuss the issues with Mr Gove, but he won’t listen.’
Changes to the education system described as ‘draconian’ include letting schools change the length of the school day without consultation and allowing non-teachers to teach at some schools.
Teachers are also protesting over worsening pay and pension conditions.
The NASUWT, the UK’s largest teachers’ union, will not take part in the strike.
NASUWT Portsmouth secretary Sion Reynolds said: ‘We’re holding fire, really.’
Schools affected by the strike
Cumberland Infant, Southsea
Medina Primary, Cosham
Northern Parade Infant, Hilsea
Northern Parade Junior, Hilsea
St Jude’s C of E, Old Portsmouth
Stamshaw Junior, North End
Fairfield Infant, Havant
Riders Infant, Havant
Sharps Copse Primary, Havant
Sharps Corpse Nursery, Havant
Charles Dickens Primary, Buckland
City of Portsmouth Boys, Hilsea
Copnor Infant, Copnor
Corpus Christi Primary, North End
Craneswater Junior, Southsea
Langstone Junior, Copnor
Priory School, Southsea
Redwood Park, Cosham
Solent Junior, Drayton
St Paul’s Catholic Primary, Paulsgrove
St Swithun’s Catholic Primary, Southsea
Stamshaw Infant, North End
Westover Primary, Copnor
Wimborne Infant, Southsea
Arundel Court Primary, Landport
Brune Park Community School, Gosport
College Park Infant, North End
Copnor Junior, Copnor
Cottage Grove Primary, Southsea
Devonshire Infant, Southsea
Fernhurst Junior, Southsea
Gatcombe Park Primary, Hilsea
Goldsmith Infant, Southsea
Highbury Primary, Cosham
Langstone Infant, Copnor
Manor Infant, Buckland
Mayfield, North End to Copnor
Meon Infant, Milton;
Meredith Infant, North End;
Moorings Way Infant, Milton
Newbridge Junior, Copnor;
Penhale Infant, Fratton;
Portsdown Primary, Cosham;
Solent Infant, Farlington;
St Edmund’s Catholic School, Landport
St George’s Beneficial Primary, Portsea
The Brambles Nursery, Southsea
The Willows, North End to Copnor
Wimborne Junior, Southsea
Havant college, Havant
Bosmere Junior, Havant
Barncroft Junior, Havant
Barncroft Infant Havant
Park Community, Havant
Warren Park Primary, Havant