Break teachers' dispute with parents' help, schools told
British schools are being told to recruit a volunteer army of parents, sports coaches and scout leaders in an attempt to beat the biggest teachers' strike in history.
Guidance issued by the Department for Education suggests that governors enlist a temporary workforce to keep schools open when hundreds of thousands of teachers walk out on Wednesday.
It is believed almost every state school and college in England and Wales may have to close.
Unions taking part include the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the National Union of Teachers, the National Association of Head Teachers, the NASUWT, the Welsh teachers' union UCAC and the University and College Union.
It is the first time all have walked out at the same time, and the NAHT's first strike, making it the biggest mass action on record.