SCHOOLS in Northumberland will be hit by teacher and lecturer strikes later this week.
58 schools in Northumberland have so far stated their intention to close or partially close on Thursday. The final figure is expected to rise.
The industrial action is part of the national teachers’ strike called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will also take part in the demonstrations against proposed changes to their pension scheme, which could see staff having to work longer and lose benefits.
Confusion surrounds how many schools in total will close, as many are still to confirm their plans and they are not obliged to inform their local authority of their decision. Parents are being advised to contact their child’s school directly for more information.
A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “Arrangements will vary from school to school. Any queries regarding possible industrial action at individual schools should be made to schools and not to the county council.”
The UCU Northumberland has confirmed Northumberland College will be affected by the strike, but should remain open.