The teachers are ready to go strike again today (Tuesday February 28) in certain regions of England and Scotland.
The last strike, on February 1, closed 85% of the schools and provoked the strike of “more than 100,000” teachers.
Members of the National Education Union (NEU) have voted for industrial action in England and Wales, while teachers in Scotland are also on strike.
So how will you know if your school is closed and what to do? Here’s how to find out:
Who decides if schools close?
In England, the decision is left to individual directors.
In Wales, principals consult with local authorities and in Scotland they contact local councils before deciding whether schools can remain open.
England and Wales teachers strike dates
- Tuesday, February 28 –North, North West, Yorkshire and Humber
- Wednesday, March 1 – East Midlands, West Midlands, East
- Thursday 2 March – London, South East, South West
- Wednesday, March 15 – England and Wales.
- Thursday, March 16 – England and Wales.
Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said the Department of Education was being “absolutely disingenuous in suggesting that we are not ready to engage in talks”.
They added: ‘What we cannot accept are preconditions that force us to pause the strike before we have made any progress through negotiations to resolve this dispute. The only reason Gillian Keegan has come to the table is because of the successful outcome of the NEU vote.
‘We want to resolve this dispute in the interest of the teachers and the education of the children. However, such a resolution will not come without the goodwill of both parties.’
Teachers’ strike dates in Scotland
- Tuesday, February 28 – Scotland (national strike)
- Wednesday, March 1 – Scotland (national strike)
Are the schools near me closed?
Bedfordshire County Council Schools will be open as normal today; you can consult the school list.
Schools in Buckinghamshire are due to be open today. The updated list showing which schools are closed or partially closed in the county will be available first thing on strike days.
Cornish schools are not affected by today’s strike.
On strike days, Cornwall Council does not publish a list of affected schools, saying: “This is a task to be managed by individual schools, who should communicate with parents about any potential disruption.”
Cambridgeshire schools are not affected by the strike today. A full list of all schools and their expected status on strike days is available here.
Durham County schools will be affected by the strike. So far, 23 schools have to partially or totally close due to the teachers’ strike. A full list of affected schools can be found on the Durham County Council website.
Schools in Cumbria will be affected by the strike. A list of those who reported his plans to Cumbria County Council is available here.
Derbyshire schools are not affected by today’s strike. The council has a list of Derbyshire schools that are fully or partially closed on strike days.
Devon schools will not be affected by today’s strike. A full list of schools affected on strike days is on the Devon County Council website.
Dorset schools are not affected by today’s strike. A live list of closed and partially closed schools is available here.
Schools in the East Sussex County Council area are not affected by today’s strike.
On strike days, a full list of schools affected by the strikes will be published at 3:30 p.m. the day before each strike begins.
He also recommends checking individual school websites for advance information, and you can find a list of them here.
Essex schools are not affected by today’s teachers’ strike.
A list of school closures will be posted at 6pm the day before on the Essex County Council site.
In the meantime, the advice is to contact the individual school for more information.
Gloucestershire schools should be open today as usual.
On strike days, a full list of schools affected, which is updated regularly, can be found on the Gloucestershire County Council website.
In Hampshire, schools should function as normal.
A full list, updated as individual schools notify the council, is on the Hampshire County Council website.
Schools in Herefordshire should be open as normal today.
Herefordshire County Council currently only offer a live system that shows if a school is currently open or closed. The advice is to check with individual schools.
The strikes will not affect Kent schools today.
Kent County Council offers a search tool to show if a school is currently open or closed. Parents are advised to check with individual schools.
Lancashire schools will be affected by today’s strike.
Lancashire County Council has published a detailed list showing which schools will be affected by the strikes and how.
Lincolnshire schools will be affected by today’s teachers’ strike.
Lincolnshire County Council does not list the affected schools on its website, so again, please check with individual schools for more information.
London schools are not affected by today’s strike.
To find out the status of a school, you can check with the individual schools or with your local authority; the links to their websites are here:
Merseyside schools will be affected by today’s strike.
The Merseyside County Council website does not include a full list of schools affected, so please contact individual schools for more information.
Norfolk schools are not affected by today’s strike.
On strike days, Norfolk County Council does not have a list of affected schools at the moment, so the advice is to check with individual schools.
North Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire County Council schools are not affected by today’s strike. The councils will not offer lists and say it is up to individual schools to notify parents.
Nottinghamshire County Council schools are not affected by today’s strikes.
Northumberland schools affected by today’s strikes.
A list of school closures is available on the Northumberland County Council website, although only one school is currently listed.
Oxfordshire schools are not affected by today’s strike.
Oxfordshire Council says it will not provide advance warning about the strike on its website and asks parents to “wait for advice from your child’s school”.
Shropshire schools should be open as usual today.
A full list of schools that will be partially or fully closed due to the strike is available on the Shropshire County Council website.
Somerset schools are not affected by today’s strike.
A full and regularly updated list can be found on the Somerset County Council website.
Schools in Staffordshire are expected to be open as normal.
You can find the list of school closures on the Staffordshire County Council website.
Suffolk schools are not affected by today’s strike.
Suffolk County Council advises parents to check individual school websites.
Surrey schools are not affected by today’s strike.
On strike days, Surrey County Council does not provide a list and asks parents to check individual school websites.
Sussex schools are not affected by today’s strike.
East Sussex County Council will update their list after 3:30pm on the day before any strike.
The advice is to contact individual schools.
Warwickshire schools are not affected by today’s strike. A list of partial and full school closures is available on the council website here.
Wiltshire schools will be open as usual.
Schools in Worcestershire will be open as usual. More details on school closures are available on the Worcestershire County Council website.
Yorkshire schools will be affected by the strike.
The advice is to check with individual schools.
Schools in Wales are not affected by today’s strike. These local authority websites present details about school closures:
A nationwide strike is taking place in Scotland today, which will have a huge impact.
Check with individual schools to see if they will be completely closed.
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