MOST BRENT schools have closed today as predicted while teachers strike over proposed Government changes to their pension schemes.
Local public sector workers have joined thousands up and down the country taking action today, in what is considered to be the biggest day of striking for a generation.
Brent Council has listed the schools that are closed and partially closed on its website.
Hundreds of people are expected to turn up to a local rally this morning, outside The Torch pub in Wembley and near Brent Town Hall.
The Observer spoke to Hank Roberts, ATL general secretary, this morning, as the first members of the crowd started to arrive.
He said: "We have 60 people here already, and we are expecting many more, hundreds infact. We will stay here until 11am and then we will go to London for the bigger march.
"The atmosphere here is good, and there are a lot of people with banners."
The local rally, organised by several unions including ATL, UNISON and the NUT, will also feature speakers including Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, and Christine Blower, NUT general secretary.
Free light refreshments are being provided in the pub.
Shane Johnschwager, NASUWT secretary said, "Teaching is a hard job that no one ever gets rich doing. A good pension has always been part of the deal and all Brent teachers are asking for is a dignified retirement. We are sure that Brent parents recognise how hard their children's teachers work. The Government wants us to pay more, teach until 68 years of age, and receive less. Can anyone see the logic of this? Striking is a last resort. We feel we have been left with no choice."
All state schools in Brent are closed or partially closed today:
Barham Primary School
Braintcroft Primary School
Byron Court Primary School
Capital City Academy
Chalkhill Primary School
College Green Nursery School and Services
Harlesden Primary School
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
Preston Park Primary School
Roe Green Junior School
St Andrew and St Francis CofE Primary School
Wykeham Primary School
Alperton Community School
Anson Primary School
Carlton Vale Infant School
Christ Church CofE Primary School
Claremont High (Academy)
Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School
Copland (A Specialist Science Community College)
Crest Boys Academy
Crest Girls Academy
Curzon Crescent Nursery School
Elsley Primary School
Fawood Children's Centre
Fryent Primary School
Gladstone Park School
Granville Plus Children's Centre
Kensal Rise Primary School
Kingsbury Green Primary School
Kingsbury High School
Lyon Park Infant School
Lyon Park Junior School
Malorees Infant School
Malorees Junior School
Michael Sobell Sinai School
Mitchell Brook Primary School
Mora Primary School
Mount Stewart Infant School
Mount Stewart Junior School
Newman Catholic College
Oakington Manor Primary School
Our Lady of Grace RC Infant and Nursery School
Our Lady of Grace RC Junior School
Our Lady of Lourdes RC School
Park Lane Junior and Infant School
Preston Manor High School
Queen's Park Community School
Roe Green Infant School
Saint Joseph RC Junior School
Saint Mary Magdalen's RC Junior Mixed School
Saint Robert Southwell RC Primary School
Salusbury Primary School
St Gregory's Catholic Science College
St Joseph's RC Infant School
St Joseph's RC Primary School
St Mary's CofE Primary School
St Mary's RC Primary School
Sudbury Primary School
The Furness Primary School
The Kilburn Park School Foundation
The Stonebridge School
Uxendon Manor Primary School
Vernon House School
Wembley High Technology College
Wembley Primary School
Anyone wanting to find out more can visit www.brent.gov.uk
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