Teachers' strike in England and Wales: Updates on Wednesday 26 March

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Last updated 26 March 2014


  • News updates on the teachers' strike
  • Pictures, analysis and reaction from 26 March


Emma Hallett, BBC News

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the teachers' strike.

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STANDARD 07:40 Strike issues

The NUT says the one-day action is against:

  • Excessive workload and bureaucracy
  • Performance related pay
  • Unfair pension changes

STANDARD 07:46 Government reaction

The industrial action has been condemned by the Department for Education which says it will disrupt parents' lives and damage children's education.

STANDARD 07:55 National strike

Today's walkout affects schools in England and Wales. It is the third national strike since 2011.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are not affected.

STANDARD 08:13 Strike in Cornwall

In Cornwall the local authority says 63 out of 272 schools have reported they will be either fully or partially closed as a result of the national teacher strike.

A list of the closures known so far can be found here.

STANDARD 08:16 'Desperate last measure'

Yvonne Carr, the NUT representative at Sowerby Bridge High School in West Yorkshire, said: "People only go on strike when they're desperate.

Teachers picketing at Sowerby Bridge High School

"It's a desperate last measure to get this government to listen to the fact their changes will be detrimental for education - not just for teachers today but for the next generation of children to come."