The government is seeking to ban a potential strike from teachers at sixth form colleges across the country.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are planning a one-day strike to protest about inadequate funding in the educational institutions.

But the government is challenging the industrial action in the High Court over claims that it would be “politically motivated” rather that a protest concerning working conditions.

Members of sixth form colleges have long claimed that the insitutions receive less funding and harsher cuts than other higher education organisations, but the Department of Education says that it has “ended the unfair difference between post-16 schools and colleges”.

NUT Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney said that the government’s decision to challenge the strike was “regrettable”, but Sixth Form Colleges Association chief executive David Igoe said that the action is “ill-timed” and could affect pupils studying for exams as well as the sector’s reputation.