Two primary schools will close tomorrow and more may follow as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) walks out in a national strike over pay and pensions.
Gosberton Primary is one of the county’s academy schools that will shut up shop for the day and Market Deeping Primary, a local authority school, is also closed.
Lincolnshire County Council is advising parents to check with their children’s school for closure or partial closure – partial closure means some classes will be asked to stay at home.
Parents can also check whether their child’s school is open or closed by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/school-closures – the list is being updated as schools inform the county council whether they can stay open or not.
National news reports say more than 10,000 state schools face being thrown into chaos as teachers in England and Wales down tools.
Headteachers admit the strike will make it difficult for many of the schools to stay open because the NUT is the biggest teaching union, but the Government has issued guidance saying schools can recruit volunteers such as scout leaders and sports coaches to beat the strike.
The county council director of children’s services, Debbie Barnes, said: “We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children.
“This will determine whether they should close for the day or not.
“Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”
The NUT is opposed to Government reforms including higher pension contributions and the introduction of performance related pay that will see salaries rise for teachers who boost pupils’ results and impose high levels of discipline.
This time, the NASUWT, the second largest union has opted out of strike action although it joined the NUT in a series of one-day regional strikes last term.
Tomorrow’s strike is likely to have a knock-on effect with some parents forced to take a day off work to look after their children.
The county council has asked its managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if parents are taking leave.