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Fury as headteachers BACK pupil strike that will see thousands of schoolchildren walk out of lessons next week in a protest over climate change (6 Pics)

A nationwide school strike over climate change has been 'applauded' by the head teachers' union, leaving many furious.
The mass walkout called UK Youth Strike 4 Climate currently has students in 38 cities and towns across the country planning to join them on Friday's protest.
It is expected thousands of pupils from places including Cardiff, Brighton, Exeter and Glasgow will down their books for three hours, reports the Sunday Express.

The UK Youth Strike 4 Climate event was organised on social media and encourages all pupils whether at school, college, or university to join in on the three hour walk out Friday February 15
This isn't the first time that young people have coordinated action against climate change and the UK strikes have taken inspiration from a 16-year-old Swedish activist.
The National Association of Head Teachers, which is chaired by Andy Mellor, has welcomed the day and 'applauded' students for being prepared to take action.
A spokesman said: 'When you get older pupils making an informed decision, that kind of thing needs to be applauded.
'Society makes leaps forward when people are prepared to take action.
'Schools encourage students to develop a wider understanding of the world around them, a day of activity like this could be an important and valuable life experience.' 
However some have been quick to critisise the protest calling it 'ridiculous' and 'just truanting'.
Toby Young, former director of the New Schools Network, said: 'Calling this a strike is ridiculous. What are they going to do? Down pencils? This is just truanting.'

Former primary school teacher and Tory MP William Wragg said: 'I would not encourage a walk out, it's far more fruitful to learn about climate change in school.'
While education campaigner Margaret Morissey OBE said she was pleased to see children taking action but that 'we need to get out of the culture that ... you go on strike if you don't get your own way.' 
The Department for Education said regarding the individual protests across the country, they are a matter for individual schools.
However a spokesperson added that pupils can only take term-time leave in exceptional circumstances, and where this has been authorised by the headteacher.
Writing on their Facebook page, the UK Youth Strike 4 Climate group explained the reasons behind their action, saying: 'The World's Youth are waking up. 
'Millions of young people are realising it's now or never and are now taking direct action on the climate crisis and ecological catastrophe. 
'Whether you are at school, college or uni, go on strike on the Friday 15th February. 

'For some this falls on half term; join the protest anyway, with youth from across the world.'
Depending on which strike is being attended, pupils are told to meet at prominent locations such as outside Parliament Square in London and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. 
The children's climate change movement started last year when 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg started Fridays for Future.
She now strikes every Friday to protest the lack of effective climate legislation on a governmental level with many students across Europe following suit.
Last November 15,000 Australian pupils left their classes over concerns about the planet.
As well as Australia, there has also been strikes in Germany, Switzerland, Canada and Japan. 
Jake Woodier, of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, which is helping to coordinate the strikes, said Greta's message struck a chord with young people in the UK.
He told the Guardian images of Greta's solo protest outside Sweden's Parliament 'really inspired people' to take action themselves.
Mr Woodier added: 'Young people see what is happening … they realise politicians are nowhere near where they need to be on this and want to do something.'


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