Children off school as teachers protest

Hundreds of children missed lessons yesterday
Hundreds of children missed lessons yesterday

Children in Fleetwood were out of lessons yesterday as three of the port’s schools closed as part of national strike action.

Hundreds of children missed their classes across the country as members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) walked out in a long-running dispute over school funding, pay and conditions.

School closures included three Fleetwood schools - Fleetwood High School, Flakefleet Primary School and St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School.

The union said its members had shown strong support for the strike, which it added was being backed by many parents.

An NUT spokesman said: “Most schools where action is being taken are affected by closures or reduced subjects.”

The NUT claims funding to schools is being cut, leading to increased workloads for teachers and bigger class sizes.

Acting general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The NUT is aware that strike action can be disruptive to parents and carers and for that we wholeheartedly apologise. Equally, teachers do not take strike action lightly.

“The problems facing education, however, are too great to be ignored and we know many parents share our concerns.

“The strike is about the underfunding of our schools and the negative impact it is having on children’s education and teachers’ terms and conditions.”

Six schools across Wyre were affected by closure.