Schools closed by striking teachers

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A teachers’ strike hitting St Helens on Wednesday has had a mixed impact on borough schools.

Members of the National Union of Teachers walked out as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions and working conditions.

Latest figures suggest that of the local authority-maintained schools, seven schools were closed, with the remainder either fully open or partially open.

School closed by the strike are: Newton Primary, Garswood Primary, Rainford Brook Lodge Primary, Rainford CE Primary, St Ann’s CE Primary, St John Vianney Primary and Penkford.

St Helens branch secretary Max Atkins said the NUT is being forced to act because education minister Michael Gove “is not listening to teachers”.

The strike is the first in recent years when the NUT will not be joined by fellow union the NASUWT.