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Teachers’ Strike

Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on the teachers’ strike, the PMS replied that the Government’s view had been expressed by Jim Knight, that we were very disappointed by the expected strike this week, but that was obviously nothing compared to the disappointment of parents whose children’s lessons will be disrupted. It was very important, as Jim Knight had been saying, that parents were aware of what was happening in their children’s schools and were informed as soon as possible about whether their child’s school would be affected. And he understood that DCSF with the Association of Directors of Children’s Services had written to local authorities to emphasise the need to minimise closures and any disruption to pupils and parents.

Asked if the Prime Minister would urge teachers to return to school on Thursday, the PMS replied that it was the Prime Minister’s view that he was disappointed by the Strike action. The disputed pay settlement arose out of a recommendation from an independent pay and review body that the Government accepted.

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