'Championing the rights of children'

Thousands of schools shut by NUT strike

Garry Wed 26 Mar 2014 18:23

Thousands of schools in England and Wales were closed on Wednesday, as teachers joined picket lines in action over pay, pensions and conditions.

The strike was staged by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Union leaders said the action had been a "clear demonstration" that teachers were thoroughly tired of "intolerable pressures" from the government.

The Department for Education (DfE) claimed only 12% of schools in England were forced to close completely.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the one-day national walkout had been a success and did not rule out further strikes next term.

"Today has been a clear demonstration that teachers are thoroughly tired of the intolerable pressures they are being put under by the coalition government," she said.

"Teachers love teaching but are crushed by the long hours and stifling accountability regime.

Read more... (BBC News - 26 March)