Over 3,000 schools in England and Wales are set to close this week as thousands of teachers take strike action over changes to their pension contributions.
A further 2,200 schools are expected to partially close on Thursday (June 30th).
Addressing the House of Commons, education secretary Michael Gove said the strike will not help schools.
Furthermore, he argued that industrial action will cause "massive inconvenience" to many hard-working families.
Mr Gove urged headteachers to consider alternatives to closure, such as increasing class sizes or drafting in parent volunteers.
"Nothing can replace the great teaching offered by gifted professionals, but I would far rather see schools stayed open and offered a restricted curriculum than see hard-working families have to lose a day's pay themselves or have to pay for ad hoc and expensive last-minute childcare," he added.
Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham said the Labour Party also believes the strikes are a mistake.
Posted by Katy Kearns