Day of disruption as teachers' strike action is set to close school classes
DOZENS of schools across South Devon will be closed or partially closed today as teachers go on strike.
The National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers are taking part in national industrial action in protest against changes being made by the Government to pay arrangements, pensions and conditions of employment.
Most schools informed parents and guardians in advance whether or not they will be open today but some said that, as they could not ask teachers whether or not they would be on strike, they could not make a decision until this morning.
A Devon County Council spokesman said: "Closure is a matter for individual heads, in consultation with their governors, based on their unique circumstances.
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"However, we would urge schools to stay open if they can to ensure the continuity of the children's education and the least disruption to families."
Schools affected, subject to change, include:
Closed: Curledge Street Academy, Oldway Primary School, Roselands Primary School, White Rock Primary School, Kingskerswell Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, South Dartmoor Community College, Newton Abbot College, Coombeshead Academy, Teign School, KEVICC, Stokeinteignhead School, The Grove Primary School, Totnes and Stoke Gabriel Primary School.
Partially closed: Barton Hill Academy, Brixham College, Canada Hill Community Primary, Eden Park Primary School, Homelands Primary School, Kings Ash Academy, Paignton Community and Sports Academy, Priory Roman Catholic Primary School, Sherwell Valley Primary School, St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School, Teignmouth Community School, Watcombe Primary School, Westlands School, Kingsbridge Community College, Dartmouth Academy.