Teachers are ready to leave strike again today (Tuesday 28 February) in certain regions of England and Scotland.
The last strike, on 1 February, closed 85% of schools and saw ‘over 100,000’ teachers leave.
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 whether schools close?
In England, the decision is left to individual directors.
In Wales, headmasters consult local authorities, and in Scotland they liaise with local councils before deciding whether schools can remain open.
Teachers strike dates in England and Wales
- Tuesday, February 28 –North, North West, Yorkshire and Humber
- Wednesday, March 1st – East Midlands, West Midlands, East
- Thursday, March 2nd – London, Southeast, Southwest
- Wednesday, March 15th – England and Whales.
- Thursday, March 16th – England and Whales.
Dr. Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, assistant secretary general of the National Union of Education, said the Department of Education was being “completely hypocritical in suggesting that we are unwilling to enter into negotiations.”
They added: ‘What we cannot accept are preconditions that oblige us to stop strike action before we make any progress in negotiations to resolve this dispute. The only reason Gillian Keegan came to the table is because of the successful outcome of the NEU vote.
‘We want to resolve this dispute in the interests of teachers and children’s education. Such a resolution will not come, however, without goodwill on both sides.’
Scotland teachers strike dates
- Tuesday, February 28 – Scotland (national strike)
- Wednesday, March 1st – Scotland (national strike)
Are schools closed near me?
Bedfordshire County Council schools are due to open as normal today – you can check the list of schools.
Schools in Buckinghamshire are due to open today. The updated list showing which schools are closed or partially closed in the county will be available shortly on strike days.
Cornwall schools were unaffected by today’s strike.
On strike days, Cornwall Council does not publish a list of affected schools, saying: ‘It is a list for each school to administer, who must communicate with parents about any possible disruption.’
Cambridgeshire schools are unaffected by the strike today. A complete list of all schools and their expected status on strike days is available here.
Schools in County Durham to be affected by strike. So far, 23 schools are expected to close partially or fully due to the teachers’ strike. A complete list of affected schools can be found on the Durham County Council website.
Schools in Cumbria to be affected by strike. A list of those who have reported their plans to Cumbria County Council is available here.
Derbyshire schools are not affected by the strike today. The council has a list of Derbyshire schools that are closed or partially closed on strike days.
Schools in Devon will not be affected by today’s strike. A full list of affected schools on strike days is on the Devon County Council website.
Dorset schools were unaffected by today’s strike. A live list of closed and partially closed schools is available here.
Schools in the East Sussex County Council area were unaffected by today’s strike.
On strike days, a complete list of schools affected by strikes will be released at 3:30 pm the day before each strike begins.
It also recommends checking each school’s websites for advance information, and you can find a list of them here.
Essex schools were unaffected by today’s teachers’ strike.
A list of school closures will be posted at 6pm the day before they take place on the Essex County Council website.
However, the advice is to contact each school for more information.
Gloucestershire schools are expected to be open as normal today.
On strike days, a full list of affected schools, which is updated regularly, can be found on the Gloucestershire County Council website.
In Hampshire, schools are expected to function as normal.
A complete list, updated as the council is notified by individual schools, is on the Hampshire County Council website.
Schools in Herefordshire are due to open as normal today.
Currently, Herefordshire County Council only offers a live system that shows whether a school is open or closed. The advice is to check with each school.
The strikes will not affect schools in Kent today.
Kent County Council offers a search tool to show whether a school is open or closed. Parents are advised to check with each school.
Schools in Lancashire will be affected by today’s strike.
Lancashire County Council has released a detailed list showing which schools will be affected by the strikes and how.
Schools in Lincolnshire will be affected by today’s teachers’ strike.
Lincolnshire County Council is not listing the affected schools on their website, so again, check with individual schools for more information.
London schools were unaffected by today’s strike.
For a school’s status you can check with individual schools or with your local authority – links to their websites are here:
Schools on Merseyside will be affected by today’s strike.
The Merseyside County Council website does not contain a complete list of affected schools, so please contact each school for more information.
Schools in Norfolk were unaffected by today’s strike.
On strike days Norfolk County Council does not currently have a list of affected schools so advice is to check with each school.
North Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire County Council schools were unaffected by today’s strike. Boards will not offer lists and say it is up to individual schools to notify parents.
Nottinghamshire County Council schools were unaffected by today’s strikes.
Schools in Northumberland affected by today’s strikes.
A list of closed schools is available on the Northumberland County Council website, although at the moment only one school is on it.
Schools in Oxfordshire were unaffected by today’s strike.
Oxfordshire Council says it will not provide strike notice on its website and urges parents to ‘await advice from your child’s school’.
Shropshire schools are expected to be open as normal 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 were unaffected by today’s strike.
A complete 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 search the list of closed schools on the Staffordshire County Council website.
Schools in Suffolk were unaffected by today’s strike.
Suffolk County Council advises parents to check individual school websites.
Surrey schools were unaffected by today’s strike.
On strike days Surrey County Council does not provide a list and asks parents to check individual school websites.
Schools in Sussex were unaffected by today’s strike.
East Sussex County Council will update its list after 3.30pm on the day before any strike.
The advice is to contact individual schools.
Warwickshire schools were unaffected by today’s strike. A list of partial and full school closures is available on the council’s website here.
Wiltshire schools will be open as normal.
Schools in Worcestershire will be open as normal. More details on school closures are available on the Worcestershire County Council website.
Schools in Yorkshire will be affected by the strike.
The advice is to check with each school.
Schools in Wales were unaffected by today’s strike. These local authority websites provide details on school closures:
The strike is taking place nationwide in Scotland today, which will have a huge impact.
Check with individual schools to see if they will be closed entirely.
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