More than 100 schools will be hit by strike action by teachers tomorrow forcing parents to find childcare or take time off work.
The one-day walkout is a protest over changes to pay, pensions and the Government’s approach to education.
At least 61 primary and secondary schools in Leeds will be closed all day and 46 have confirmed partial closures.
The Government has condemned the strike action but teaching union leaders said school staff are angry at the way the profession is being treated by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The disruption has split opinion among parents.
Mum-of-one Joanne Hart, 29, from Beeston, has a son at Broomfield South SILC in Leeds.
She said: “I am supporting them. The teachers I know go above and beyond their job role with little or no acknowledgement let alone pay. I’m glad of an extra day with my son.”
But YEP reader and parent Vickie Clayton said: “I am appalled at the strike. I’m having to take time off work unpaid just to cover childcare.
“Maybe I should invoice the school for my time off work? They invoice us if we take the children out during school times.”
The strike by the two main unions representing classroom teachers is part of a long-running national campaign.
Nick Raine, National Union of Teachers regional officer for Yorkshire, said: “I know that parents in Leeds will share our concerns.
“We are taking strike action because Michael Gove is refusing to meet or negotiate with us.
“Free schools and academies are causing chaos.
“We have got a record number of unqualified people in classrooms and education is being deregulated.
But the Government won’t consult with teachers, their representatives or anyone to do with education.”
A Department for Education spokesman said: “All strikes will do is disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”
Industrial action 1 October – school closure position at 11am 27/9/13
Schools that will be closed to pupils on Tuesday 1 October
Boston Spa School
Bracken Edge Primary
Bramley St.Peter’s C of E Primary
Christ the King
City of Leeds
Cockburn College of Arts
Drighlington Primary School
East Garforth Primary
Ebor Gardens Primary
Elmete Wood (BESD SILC)
Grange Farm Primary
Hill Top Infants
Hunslet St.Marys C of E Primary
Ingram Road Primary
Kirkstall Valley Primary
Lawns Park Primary
Micklefield C of E Primary
Pudsey Waterloo Primary School
Quarry Mount Primary
Richmond Hill Primary
Rothwell C of E Primary
Royds Specialist Language College
Rufford Park Primary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary
Scholes (Elmet) Primary
Shire Oak Voluntary Controlled Primary
St Mary’s C of E Boston Spa
St.John the Baptist C of E Primary
St.Marys’ Catholic Comprehensive
Temple Moor High
Valley View Primary
Westbrook Lane Primary
Wetherby St.James C of E Primary
Wigton Moor Primary
Partial closures on Tuesday 1 October
Allerton Grange High
Beeston Hill St.Lukes C of E Primary
Calverley C of E Primary
Calverley Parkside Primary
East Ardsley Primary
Farsley Farfield Primary
Featherbank Infants Horsforth
Holy Rosary & St.Annes Catholic Primary
Horsforth Newlaithes Junior
Horsforth St.Margarets C of E Primary
Horsforth West End
Hunslet St.Josephs Catholic Primary
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Kerr Mackie Primary
Lower Wortley Primary
Meadowfield Primary School
Methley Primary & Nursery School
Moor Allerton Hall Primary
Otley Ashfield Primary
Otley Prince Henry’s
Pudsey Lowtown Primary
Pudsey Southroyd Primary
Pudsey Tyersal Primary
Rawdon St Peter’s C of E Primary
Rothwell St.Marys Catholic Primary
Roundhay St.Johns C of E Primary
Strawberry Fields Primary School
White Laith Primary
This information will be updated at www.leeds.gov.uk as schools continue to confirm their position.