THOUSANDS of school children are set to be disrupted on Thursday when their teachers take part in a one-day strike in a long-running row over pay, pensions and workload.
Members of two teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT, are taking part in region-wide strike action tomorrow affecting primary and secondary school children.
Officials at Hartlepool Borough Council say the decision as to whether individual schools close, remain open or close partially, is down to the governing body and headteacher.
Education chiefs stress they do “everything possible” to minimise the impact on children affected by the walk-out.
At the time of going to press, a total of 18 town schools had confirmed they will be closed, with 13 partial closures and five remaining open.
Pupils in East Durham are also set to be disrupted with closures and partial closures across the county.
Areas included in this round of strike action include the North East, Cumbria, London, South East and South West.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director of education, Dean Jackson, said: “The decision as to whether individual schools close, partly close or remain open are taken by the governing body and headteacher.
“We are however providing support to schools in whatever way we can to minimise the impact on children and helping to communicate the disruption to parents.
“More detailed, specific details relating to individual schools, will be communicated to parents by the schools themselves via their usual channels.”
The strike action is the latest move in the campaign by the unions over Government education reforms.
NUT and NASUWT members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region took part in a walkout on October 1, followed by those in the North East, London, the South East and the South West on Thursday.
The Government has previously condemned the unions’ rolling campaign of walkouts and said it is disruptive to pupils’ education.
Under the Government’s reforms, due to come into effect from this autumn, teachers’ pay will be linked to performance in the classroom - with schools setting salaries rather than following a national framework. Changes have also been made to public sector pensions.
Barnard Grove Primary School. Closed
Brougham Primary School. Closed
Clavering Primary School. Closed
Fens Primary School. Partially open
Golden Flatts Primary School. Closed
Grange Primary School. Closed
Greatham CofE Primary School. Closed
Hart Primary School. Closed
Hartlepool Pupil Referral Unit. Open
High Tunstall College of Science. ClosedHoly Trinity Church of England (Aided) Primary School. Partially open
Jesmond Gardens Community Primary School. Partially open
Kingsley Primary School. Closed
Lynnfield Primary School. Partially open
Manor College of Technology. Partially open
Rift House Primary School. Closed
Rossmere Primary School. Closed
Sacred Heart RC Primary School. Closed
Seaton Carew Nursery School. Open
Springwell School. Open
St Aidans CofE Memorial Primary School. Closed
St Begas RC Primary School. Partially open
St Cuthberts RC Primary School. Partially open
St Helens Primary School. Partially open
St Hilds Church of England Voluntary Aided School. Partially open
St John Vianney RC Primary School. Partially open
St Josephs RC Primary School. Partially open
St Teresas RC Primary School. Closed
St. Peter’s Elwick Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. Closed
English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College. Closed
Throston Primary School. Open
Ward Jackson Primary School. Closed
West Park Primary School. Closed
West View Primary School. Closed
Eldon Grove. Closed
Cotsford Infant School. Partial closure. Pupils in Class 2 should not come to school. All other classes should come to school as normal.
Cotsford Junior School. Closed
Deaf Hill Primary School. Closed
Our Lady of the Rosary RCVA Primary School. Closed
Our Lady Star of the Sea RCVA Primary School. Closed
Seascape Primary School. Closed
Sedgefield Primary School. Closed
Trimdon Junior School. Closed
Wellfield School Maths and Computing College. The school is closed for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9
Wingate Junior School. Closed.