Uncertainty as school strike looms

Teachers plan a one-day strike
Teachers plan a one-day strike
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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Parents have been left in the dark as a teachers strike looms.

Neither Hampshire County Council nor Portsmouth City Council has published a list of schools that will be affected by a one-day stoppage on Thursday next week.

The NUT and NASUWT teaching unions are in a dispute with the government in respect of reforms to the education sector, as well as teachers’ pay, conditions and pensions.

The council has written to all its schools, providing information for staff on the implications of participating in industrial action.

Headteachers are being asked to find out whether any staff will be striking and the likely impact on the school.

Councillor Peter Edgar, the council’s executive member for education said: ‘We do not believe strike action helps children’s education and I hope the decision of unions to ask their members to take part in an industrial day of action does not lead to widespread disruption.

‘This dispute is not with the county council but with the government over changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

‘As always, the county council’s primary concern is for the education and welfare of children.’

The county council says it will post information about closures at hants.gov.uk/schoolclosures.

Portsmouth City Council says it has asked schools to give it an indication of whether they expect to be open or closed, and are planning on publishing a list soon.

The list will be published at portsmouth.gov.uk.

The city council advises parents to contact their school directly for the most up-to-date information.

Are you a parent who thinks you should know by now whether or not you children will be affected next week? Ring education reporter Ruth Scammell on 023 9262 2131 or email her at ruth.scammell@thenews.co.uk