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Teachers turnout in force during a first national strike day on 24 November 2022, the first national schools strike since the 1980s. Photo: Shetland News

MOST primary and secondary schools in Shetland will be affected by further strike action next week.

Only the Cullivoe, Fair Isle and Skeld primaries will escape closure, while a number of nurseries will be open as usual.

Members of four teaching unions and professional associations have voted to take industrial action on Tuesday and Wednesday in an ongoing national dispute over pay.

They are the Education Institute for Scotland (EIS), the NASUWT, the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) and the Association of Head Teachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS).

This action will mainly affect primary schools and early learning and childcare settings on Tuesday and secondary schools on Wednesday.

Shetland Islands Council has written to parents and carers with details of the situation in their child/children’s school.

A full summary of the closures can be found here.

It comes after most schools and nurseries in Shetland were closed in November during a one-day strike by members of the EIS union in an ongoing national dispute over pay.

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