Teachers' work to rule will begin this week
Teachers are set to start their work to rule action from Wednesday in a row over changes to pensions.
The action is being taken by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, two of the biggest teaching unions, who are also campaigning for better working practices.
Children's after-school activities and lunchtime supervision could be hit.
Union leaders in the city said it was not designed to disrupt children's learning and that strike action would only be a "last resort".
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Ian Leaver, assistant secretary of Leicester's NUT branch, said: "Approximately 50 per cent of teachers in the city are in the NUT but, combined with the NASUWT make up more than 80 per cent of the teaching workforce nationally and so we expect the action to be widespread.
"It's against central government policies and is designed to encourage the education secretary, Michael Gove, to discuss teachers' concerns. It is not designed to hit the learning of children. Indeed, it's designed to free up teachers to allow them to do the job that they are paid to do."
Nikki Anderson, who has two children at Avenue Primary, in Clarendon Park, said: "It could affect my elder son who attends a lunch time table tennis club, but that wouldn't be the end of the world. I support teachers' rights to take some action. I know how hard they work and the vast amount of changes that are being put upon them."
A dad from the school, who didn't want to be named, said: "I'm glad they're taking this action, rather than going all out and striking first. It's not ideal, but they have to get their point across somehow."
The action includes teachers working their scheduled hours only, and being given time in their rota to plan lessons. It follows a one-day strike last November which closed hundreds of schools in Leicester and Leicestershire.