Call for more cash in schools

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Schoolteachers across Lancashire have vowed to carry on their campaigning after a day of strike action which saw dozens of schools closed.

The National Union of Teachers called the one-day national walk-out in protest at pay and conditions within the education sector.

The county was one of a handful of venues around the country which held rallies.

Hundreds of banner-waving teachers, parents and pupils marched through the streets of Lancaster.

The protest came as the latest data surrounding the controversial Sats tests was released, showing that only 53 per cent of the nation’s primary pupils reached the expected targets.

Teachers had complained about as many as 15 amendments to the Sats requirements prior to the exams and some schools staged a boycott in priotest about the “high standards” expected of 10 and 11 year olds .

Simon Jones, county national executive member said that although regrettable, the strike had been a success.

He added: “ This has been a very well supported strike, both by NUT members and the general public.

“We thank all those parents who have supported us despite the inconvenience it may have caused.

“This strike should not have been necessary.

“The NUT will keep campaigning to ensure that the education our children receive is not compromised through school budget cuts.

“We must invest in our 
education.

“The Government needs to start listening.”