Teachers strike today in school funding protest

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Teachers across West Yorkshire are taking part in a national 24-hour strike today in a long-running dispute with the Government over school funding.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will join rallies and marches after voting by more than 9-1 in favour of industrial action.

The union said its demands are to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools for teachers, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

The union has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan calling for “meaningful” discussions to tackle these issues.

There will be a rallies taking place around the region this morning.

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.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wrote to the NUT last week urging them not to strike.

In the letter she said: “To suggest we aren’t prioritising school funding is disingenuous.

“The significance we place on education is demonstrated by the fact that we are investing more than any previous government in our schools.”