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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 26th March 2014.

Around a quarter of Cornwall's 272 primaries and secondaries are being hit by strike action.

Some are completely closed - others are keeping some classes going.

You can find out what is happening at your local school here.

It is as members of the NUT walk out from from Sennen to Stoke Climsland.

It is the latest in a series of strikes in an ongoing row over pensions, performance-related pay and workloads.

Last year the NUT staged stoppages with the NASUWT union, which is not taking part in the latest action. The NASUWT has been encouraged by the promise of talks over the disputed issues.

Cornwall NUT Secretary, Ian Williams, said, "Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised.

"All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us."

Ian Bruce speaks for headteachers in the Duchy, trying to work out what classes can go ahead. He told Pirate FM: "For the working parent it can be a problem if they've got nobody to look after the children if their school or classroom is closed. Sometimes it might be one class closed and they've got younger and older siblings going to school.

"Of course, if you're taking strike action, you want to have impact."

Ella is 8 and from Goldsithney. Her school is open but her big brother's is shut. She said: "I think they might have a fun day because they are not at school. Maybe their parents have taken a day off work to go out somewhere to play - and go where they want to go.

"I don't really think it's fair. I think I might have a hard day, thinking about my brother not going to school and me going to school. So I think I might have a hard day getting over it."

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