A planned day of strikes for teachers in October could see all North Devon schools closed or partially closed, according the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, representing nine out of ten teachers, have today confirmed the next phase of their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education.
The NUT and the NASUWT seek to resolve trade disputes with the Secretary of State for Education MP Michael Gove, and as a result plans now are in place for the next stage of industrial action.
The next stage will include strike action in London, the South West, South East and North East regions on October 17.
On the strike days teachers will be attending a series of regional rallies to demonstrate their anger, frustration and concern.
This action follows strikes in the North West of England on June 27 in which thousands of teachers took part.
Jessica Pearce , an NUT officer, said today: “We do have a lot of members in North Devon and people can expect all schools to be closed or partially closed on the day of the strikes.”
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action. It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
“With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice.
“Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession, it is time that he started to listen for the sake of teachers, pupils and education.”
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless. The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.
“Teachers will be angered by the recklessness of the Secretary of State’s continuing failure to take seriously their concerns and engage in genuine discussions to address them.”