THOUSANDS of kids across the UK will stay at home today as teacher strikes close schools.
The walkout – the first of five this summer – has been masterminded by the National Education Union (NEU) amid a row over pay.
Thousands of parents have been forced to take the day off work as the industrial action triggers chaos.
Teachers will also walk out on May 2 followed by a three-day strike from late June to early July.
These walkouts threaten to plunge GCSE and A-Level students – due to sit exams in May and June – into chaos.
Meanwhile most schools were closed yesterday in Northern Ireland as all five teaching unions, including heads from the NAHT, took part.
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Only schools in England and Northern Ireland are effected by the strikes.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said in a statement: "What is highly disruptive will become extremely disruptive.
"It is only going to be worse."
A one-off £1,000 Government payment for this school year and an average 4.5 per cent rise for staff next year was blasted "insulting" and rejected by the NEU, ASCL, NASUWT and NAHT.
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It comes as the schools’ watchdog chief said this week's strikes risk harming pupils’ education.
Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman told Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg: “Well, of course. Children have missed a great deal over the last few years.
“It is so important that their education continues and is interrupted as little as it possibly can be.
"I hope the disputes can be resolved rapidly and constructively because we know that children need to be at school.”
Last week, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said it will hold a formal ballot for national strike action in England for the first time in its history.
If successful, coordinated strike action between teachers and heads could result in the biggest series of strikes on record.
A Department for Education spokesman (DfE) said: "Any strike action is hugely damaging.
"We have made a fair and reasonable pay offer to teachers recognising their hard work and commitment.
"Thanks to the further £2 billion pounds we are investing in our schools, next year, school funding will be at its highest level in history."
Check the below list to see if your school is closed today.
Bedfordshire County Council’s school status can be checked on their website.
West Berkshire council has a list of all school closures here.
For all school closures in Bristol, click here.
School status in Buckinghamshire can be seen on an updated list showing which schools are closed or partially closed in the county and will be available first thing on strike days.
Check here for school closures in and around Birmingham,
On strike days, Cornwall Council is not publishing a list of affected schools, saying: ‘It’s one for individual schools to manage, who should be communicating with parents over any potential disruption.’
A full list of all schools and their expected status on strike days is available here.
See if your school in East Cheshire is closed here.
On strike action days, a full list of affected schools can be found on Durham County Council’s website.
Cumbria school students and parents can find a list of affected schools here.
The council has a list of Derbyshire schools which are closed or partially closed on strike days.
A full list of affected schools on strike days is on Devon County Council’s website.
A live list of closed and partially closed schools in Dorset is available here.
On strike days, school status in the East Sussex County Council will be issued at 3.30pm the day before industrial action is due to start.
It also recommends checking individual schools’ websites for advance information, and you can find a list of them here.
A list of school closures were posted at 6pm the day before they happen on the Essex County Council site.
Meanwhile, the advice is to contact individual school for more information.
On strike days, a full list of affected schools, which is regularly updated, can be found on Gloucestershire County Council’s website.
Bolton – click here.
Bury – click here.
Oldham – click here.
Rochdale – click here.
Salford – click here.
Stockport – click here.
Tameside – click here.
Trafford – click here.
Wigan – click here.
A full list, updated as the council is notified by individual schools, is on Hampshire County Council’s website.
Herefordshire County Council is at present only offering a live system which shows whether a school is currently open or closed. The advice is to check with individual schools.
Find out if your school is open on this handy search tool.
Kent County Council offers a search tool to show whether a school is currently open or closed. Parents are advised to check with individual schools.
On strike days Lancashire County Council will release a detailed list showing which schools will be affected by the strikes, and how.
Find all school closures in Leicestershire here.
Lincolnshire County Council is not listing affected schools on its website, so again, check with individual schools for more information.
Check your borough website.
Merseyside County Council’s website is not carrying a full list of affected schools, so contact individual schools for more information.
On strike days Norfolk County Council doesn’t have a list of affected schools at present, so the advice is to check with individual schools.
North Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire County Council will not be offering lists on strike days and says it is up to individual schools to notify parents.
Nottinghamshire County Council is not giving information on the council website on the relevant strike days so you will need to contact individual schools for information.
A list of school closures is made available on Northumberland County Council’s website on strike days.
Oxfordshire Council says it will not provide advance warning of strike action on its website, and asks parents to ‘wait for advice from your child’s school’.
Find all school closures in Rutland here.
A full list of schools which will be partially or fully closed due to strike action is available on Shropshire County Council’s website.
A full and regularly updated list can be found on Somerset County Council’s website.
You can access the list of school closures on Staffordshire County Council’s website.
Suffolk County Council advises parents to check individual schools’ websites for information on strikes.
On strike days, Surrey County Council is not providing a list and asks parents to check individual schools’ websites.
East Sussex County Council will update its list after 3.30pm on the day before any strikes. However, the advice is to contact individual schools.
A list of partial and full school closures is available on the Warwickshire council’s website here.
Wiltshire Council does not appear to post a list of school closures, and so parents should contact individual schools.
Details on school closures are available on the Worcestershire County Council website.
The advice given for strike days is to check with individual Yorkshire schools on their status
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