Thousands of schools, jobcentres, tax offices and courts are set to be closed or badly disrupted by Thursday’s public sector pensions’ strike.

The scale of the impact of a 24-hour walkout by up to 750,000 teachers, lecturers, civil servants and other workers became clear as parents across England and Wales were told to make alternative arrangements.

Driving tests will also be cancelled and customs checks at ports affected, while picket lines will be mounted outside Government departments.

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