Parents warned over West Sussex school closures due to industrial action

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Parents across the county could face school closures, some at very short notice, when members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) take industrial action later this month.

West Sussex County Council is warning parents to expect disruption to a number of schools when the strike takes place on Wednesday March 26.

Parents are being advised to check with their child’s school to see what impact the action is likely to have and whether the school will be closed or partially closed to some classes.

The county coincil says that decisions about whether to close a school for the day are taken by individual headteachers and governing bodies. If a school remains open the headteacher and governing body need to check they have appropriate staffing arrangements in place to ensure the safety of pupils.

The county council has stressed that the industrial action is the result of a national dispute between the Government and the teaching union and it has no control of the situation locally.

People can find details of any school closures or partial closures on the County Council website at or by checking individual school websites.