Industrial action closes Ribble Valley schools

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Hundreds of pupils in the Ribble Valley will miss lessons today (Thursday) as members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) walk out on strike.

Two Ribble Valley secondary schools – Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe and St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington are closed.

St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School in Clitheroe is also closed although the Year Six trip to Waddow Hall is going ahead as scheduled. Class One at St Peter’s CE Primary School at Simonstone is also closed, but the remainder of the school is open as usual to pupils.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are protesting over changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

The strike is being held alongside action by five other public sector unions, but the other teachers’ unions are not taking part in the strike.

The Department for Education said there was no justification for strikes as talks with ministers were continuing.

The action today (Thursday) follows a national walkout by the NUT on March 26th. There were also regional strikes by the NUT and another teachers’ union, the NASUWT, in 2013.