Striking Sunderland teachers are holding back children’s education, claims Government

Teachers' strike march

Teachers' strike march

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A SPOKESPERSON for the Department of Education suggested that despite strike action, only a quarter of schools had closed.

“The NUT and NASUWT have tried to create as much disruption for pupils and parents today as possible,” they said. “It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government’s measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.

“In a recent poll, 61 per cent of respondents supported linking teachers’ pay to performance and 70 per cent either opposed the strikes or believed that teachers should not be allowed to strike at all.

“All strikes do is disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”