Years of neglect and underfunding have worsened the situation, leaving some schools on the verge of collapse.
That will mean even more cuts to services and further hardship for communities everywhere.
This will only add to the uncertainty and anxiety already being felt by pupils, parents and staff.
Parents, carers and staff should be told if any school buildings are on the brink of collapse.
Staff are already leaving for better-paid jobs in supermarkets, warehouses and coffee shops.
The FSA needs to come up with a significantly higher offer to avoid any disruption.
To halt the exodus of teaching assistants they need to be better rewarded
Council and school workers are enduring a major cost of living crisis.
No worker wants to go out on strike, but staff can’t afford to feed their kids, pay for housing or fill up their petrol tanks
Instead of trying to provide education on the cheap, the government must improve funding for the sector
The sector urgently needs long-term investment
The importance of university staff during the pandemic cannot be overstated.
Trying to force through mass changes to academy status is not only wrong-headed, it’s a complete distraction.
Schools and nurseries up and down the country have been struggling with high absence rates, and a poor supply of tests only makes things worse.
A one per cent pay offer is a joke – and not a funny one.