List of schools closed across England and Wales today as thousands of teachers go on strike in bitter pay row – is your school affected?
- Thousands of National Education Union (NEU) teachers are striking today
- It comes amid the ongoing pay dispute between the NEU and the Government
Thousands of teachers have walked out from schools this morning in a bitter row over pay, affecting some seven million pupils.
The strikes in England and Wales – which are the first of seven days worth in February and March – follow failed talks on Monday between Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and the general secretaries of unions representing teachers and headteachers. Teachers in Scotland, meanwhile, are in the middle of a 16-day rolling programme of strikes.
After the walkouts were confirmed, parents and guardians up and down the country are now being forced to juggle their plans and work commitments as their children spend the day away from the classroom.
Around 85% of schools will be either fully or partially closed by the strike action today, the general secretary of the National Education Union has said.
The strikes – which are the first of seven days worth in February and March – follow failed talks on Monday afternoon between Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and the general secretaries of unions representing teachers and headteachers
Around 85% of schools will be either fully or partially closed by the strike action today, the general secretary of the National Education Union has said
Wednesday, February 1 – England and Wales
Tuesday, February 14 – Wales
Tuesday, February 28 –Northern, North West, Yorkshire & The Humber
Wednesday, March 1 – East Midlands, West Midlands, Eastern
Thursday, March 2 – London, South East, South West
Wednesday, March 15 – England and Wales.
Thursday, March 16 – England and Wales
Speaking outside Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham, south London, Dr Mary Bousted told the BBC: ‘About 85% of schools will be affected – either fully closed or partially closed – today.’
She said striking teachers have received ‘many’ messages of support from parents.
‘We are very sorry that parents have been so inconvenienced by this strike action,’ she said.
‘We know that for many of them it will be very difficult to get childcare.
‘But we’re also receiving many more messages from parents who say ‘Well, something has to be done, my child is being taught by supply teacher after supply teacher’.’
However, the Education Secretary said she expects most schools will open despite the action.
Ms Keegan told BBC Breakfast: ‘We did do a survey and we have rung round a lot of schools as well and that told us told us that the majority of schools will be open but some will have restrictions for different cohorts.’
Ms Keegan said the the country could not afford above-inflation pay awards.
‘What is not realistic is for us to be looking at inflation or inflation-busting pay rises. We cannot risk fuelling inflation with inflation-busting pay rises. We have to look after everybody in the economy,’ she said.
Here, MailOnline looks at the schools across the country which are shut as a result of the action today.
The list of schools which are open and closed today is available here.
The list of schools which are closed today is available here.
A full list of school closures has not been circulated for Cornwall.
A spokesman for the local authority told Cornwall Live: ‘It’s one for the individual schools to manage, who should be communicating with parents over any potential disruption.’
Among the schools confirmed to be affected are:
Penrice Academy in St Austell
Poltair School in St Austell
Details on which schools are closed, partially open or open to vulnerable and critical worker children is available here.
A full list of school closures in Durham can be found here.
A full list of school closures in Cumbria can be found here.
A full list of school closures is available here.
A full list of school closures in Devon can be found here.
A full list of school closures in Dorset can be found here.
A full list of the schools which are closed or partially open can be found here.
A full list of school closures in Essex can be found here.
A list of full and partial school closures in Gloucestershire can be found here.
A full list of closures in Hampshire can be found here.
A full list of closures will be available here in the morning.
You can search to see if your child’s school in Kent will be affected here.
A full list of school closures in Lancashire can be found here.
Grantham Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School has said it will be partially closed on February 1.
People living in London are advised to check the website of their local authority for school closures where they live.
These can be found here:
Barking and Dagenham
City of London
Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington & Chelsea
Kingston upon Thames
Richmond upon Thames
Archbishop Beck Catholic College – partially open to Year 11
Gateacre School – fully closed
Irby Primary School – fully closed
Kirkby High School – fully closed
Lawrence Community Primary School – only open o Nursery, Class 2M & Class 5B
The Liverpool Blue Coat School – fully closed
St Julie’s Catholic High School – closed to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
West Derby School – fully closed
A number of schools in the county have already confirmed they will be closed, while some have said they will merge classes in a bid to beat the teacher shortage.
Others will go back to remote learning or hold ‘activity days’ instead of curriculum-focused teach, the Eastern Daily Press reports.
A full list of closures is not published by the two councils, but parents can search for individual schools in North Northamptonshire here and West Northamptonshire here.
A full list of closures in Northumberland can be found here.
James Peacock Infant and Nursery school – fully closed but provision will be made for vulnerable children
Toot Hill School – intends to stay open but has warned parents it may have to partially close
Schools that are closed will appear on a list here.
A full list of primary and secondary school closures is available here.
A full list of closures in Somerset is available here.
A full list of closures in Staffordshire is available here.
A list of closures in Suffolk is not available and parents are asked to check directly with their child’s school.
A list of closures in Surrey is not available and parents are asked to check directly with their child’s school.
School closures in the West of the county can be checked here, and in the East here.
A full list of closures is available here.
Bishop Wordsworth’s School (partially closed)
Nova Hreod Academy (partially closed)
The John of Gaunt School Trowbridge (partially closed)
Bradon Forest School (fully closed)
A full list of closures is available here.
Home Farm Primary School (Feb 1, partial closure)
The Calder Learning Trust (Feb 1)
Todmorden High School (Feb 1)
Newsome Academy (Feb 1, partial closure)
Shire Oak C of E Primary School
Broom Valley Community School (Feb 1, partial closure)
Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College (Feb 1, partial closure)
Kettlethorpe High School (Feb 1, partial closure)
Woodthorpe Primary School (Feb 1, partial closure)
Local authority websites for Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham feature details of school closures tomorrow.
Strikes continue in Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen and parents are advised to check directly with schools to see if they are affected.
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