TEACHERS in Totnes are holding a Rally for Education on the eve of a one-day strike next week.
They will be explaining why they are taking strike action, which is likely to cause schools in the region to close for the day on Thursday, October 17.
Although the strike is over pay, pensions and conditions of service, wider educational issues are of equal concern.
Teachers' unions claim that increasing use of unqualified and untrained staff, the narrowing of the curriculum, often at the expense of the arts, along with cuts in local education funding, with resources being diverted into the academy and free school programme instead, are combining to create a crisis in the education service.
The rally is taking place at 4.30pm on Wednesday, October 16, at South Devon Arts Centre in Ford Road.
The event is aimed at members of the teaching unions, but students, parents and governors are also invited.