Lincolnshire teachers to strike on October 1
Teachers across Lincolnshire will stage a mass strike on October 1.
Members of leading teachers' unions the NUT and NASUWT are to take part in the national walk-out in protest over pay and conditions after Education Secretary Michael Gove refused to 'genuinely engage' with representatives of the profession.
The two unions' combined membership covers nine out of ten teachers in the UK.
Earlier today it was confirmed that the strike day for the eastern region will be October 1, with many schools across the county expected to be forced to close for the day.
A number of regional rallies are planned, with Lincolnshire teaching staff invited to attend protest gatherings in Nottingham and Sheffield.
A further rally at an unconfirmed location between Hull and Lincoln is also a possibility.
David Robinson, school services manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said:
"In times of strike action it is up to individual schools to make preparations for the loss of staff and make a decision on whether there is enough cover to enable the school to stay open safely. The health and safety of pupils is the most important thing. It is not clear that union officials have to let school managers know which staff are striking and sometimes this can lead to schools having to make a decision to close on the day. However, when strike action has happened before, in nearly all cases school staff in Lincolnshire have given their schools plenty of notice that they will be taking strike action, allowing alternative plans to be put in place at an early stage. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide guidance and support to schools where we can."