VOTE: Local teachers join rally on day of school strike action

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Teachers from across the Lancaster district joined tens of thousands in a day of strike action last week, to demonstrate their anger in the education system.

Lancashire teachers, supported by the local public and teachers and parents nationwide, marched and rallied in Preston last Thursday.

They gathered at the Old Corn Exchange and wearing their green t-shirts which proudly displayed “Stand Up For Education” marched up Friargate to the Flag Market.

The noise of the accompanying band was drowned out by the chants of “Gove must go” – echoed by some of the onlookers!

Lancashire NUT Secretary Sam Ud-din said: “Education is being sent backwards a hundred years by Michael Gove’s enforced reforms.

“He is spending yet more on his privatisation agenda – more ‘free’ schools’ announced this week, again where they are not needed.

“At the same time he continues to denigrate every achievement of students and teachers, making the conditions for learning and teaching ever more harsh.”

Sandylands Primary school teacher Rebecca Worth, who made a speech at the rally, said: “I came into teaching to make the lives of the students better – not to compete for better pay against my colleagues.”