TEACHERS across North Devon will be taking strike action tomorrow over workload, cuts to pay and changes to pensions.
Both Park Community School and Pilton Community College are due to be closed tomorrow, and unions expect the majority of schools across North Devon will follow suit.
The strike has been organised by the two main teaching unions, NASUWT and NUT as a demonstration against the government’s latest policies for teachers across the country.
In a leaflet sent out to parents, the unions claim the secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, was refusing to engage in talks with them to discuss teacher’s concerns.
The unions are concerned about excessive work loads and bureaucracy, cuts and other changes to teachers pay, adverse changes to pensions, and job cuts.
Together, the unions represent nine out of 10 teachers across the country, who are concerned that the cuts could affect the quality of teaching.
In a letter to parents and carers, head teacher of Park Community School David Atton said he was left with no choice but to close the school as the majority of staff would be taking action.
Although Pilton will also be closed, they are running classes for year 11 pupils for part of the day and are accommodating any students whose families cannot make other arrangements.
A NASUWT spokesperson said there would be no picket lines in North Devon, as they are trying to put the focus on larger marches and rallies.
The spokesman said: “The idea of these strikes is that schools will close, rather than turn into picket lines.
“The main rally in the South West will be taking place in Bristol, and buses and coaches will be taking people who wish to join in up to them.
“Strike action is always a last resort, but we want the Government to engage in genuine talks with us to resolve this dispute.”