Union leaders said they were left with no alternative but to stage industrial action in a row with the government, while the county council said the full impact of the strike may not be known until the day itself
A number of schools across Hampshire will be shut on Thursday (October 17) as two of the country's biggest teaching unions stage another round of industrial action.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) will walk out over pay, conditions and pensions following a bitter dispute with the government.
Headteachers have been asked to ascertain, where possible, the likely effect on staffing in order to inform any school closure plans.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council's executive member for education, said strike action went against the best interests of children’s education and stressed his hope that it would not lead to widespread disruption.
"This dispute is not with the county council but with the government over changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions," he said.
"Schools will have to decide whether they have sufficient staff to enable them to open the school safely, and maintain a full or revised curriculum, and it may not be possible for schools to gauge the impact of the strike until the actual day.
"Staff who do strike will not be paid for that day and, as always, the county council's primary concern is for the education and welfare of children."
Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said the last thing teachers wanted to do was strike but stressed they had been left no alternative.
"With pay, pensions, and working conditions being systematically attacked - and an education secretary who refuses to listen, or negotiate - teachers have no other choice," she insisted.
“Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession. It's time he listened for the sake of teachers, pupils and education.”
Many of the area's schools will be partially closed or shut completely as a result of the strike: