Dozens of schools in Northamptonshire are only partially open today as a result of the NUT teaching strike.
According to Northamptonshire County Council’s website, 24 schools in the county are closed while the majority of secondary schools in Northampton are only open to certain year groups.
Gordon White, county secretary of the NUT said the strike was part of a campaign to protect pay, pensions and to ensure a workload that means children receive the best possible teaching.
The latest nationwide strike, which the NASUWT teaching union is not taking part in, follows a series of regional strikes in the autumn, including union action in Northamptonshire in October last year.
Mr White said members of the NUT are concerned that government changes will have a damaging effect on education, including teachers working until they are 68 or beyond, increasing pension contributions by 50 per cent and reducing the pension package and introducing performance related pay.
He said: “Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels.
“Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction.”
Schools listed as closed on the county council website:
Broughton Primary School
Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village
Diamond Learning Community
East Hunsbury Primary School
Greenfields School and Sports College
Guilsborough Church of England Primary School
Helmdon Primary School
Higham Ferrers Junior School
Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School
Kings Heath Academy
Kingsley Primary School
Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School
Oakley Vale Primary
Pitsford Primary School
St James CEVA Primary School
Sywell C of E Vol. Aided Primary School
The Elizabeth Woodville School
The Latimer Arts College
Victoria Primary School
Weldon Church of England Primary School