Secondary schools across Harborough district are closed today (Tuesday, October 1) due to a teacher strike.
Robert Smyth Academy and Welland Park Academy in Harborough, Lutterworth High School and Lutterworth College, Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley and Kibworth High School all made the decision to close as they could not guarantee there would be enough teaching staff.
Primary schools including Church Langton, Claybrooke, Harborough C of E, Fleckney, Houghton, Husbands Bosworth and St Luke’s in Thurnby have also closed or partially closed as a result of the strike.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) have organised the regional strike in a row over pay, pensions and workloads.
Teachers across the midlands, easter, Yorkshire and Humberside regions have walked out today.
Strike action in the north east, London, and across the south is planned for October 17.
Robert Smyth said it decided to close due to having ‘a significant number of staff involved in the action and in consideration of the health and safety of students’.
Lutterworth College has estimated around 100 staff will be on strike.
Some schools remain open on a limited basis for students to complete homework or take certain classes.
The strike comes just days after firefighters staged a four-hour protest over pension arrangements.