England teachers' strike: Updates on Thursday 17 October

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    0730: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's teachers' strike.

    If you'd like us to feature any of your photos or comments, send them to locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     
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    0733:

    Thousands of schools are expected to be closed across much of England as teachers strike over pay, pensions and jobs.

    Teachers in London, Cumbria, the South East, North East and South West are taking part in the one-day strike.

     
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    0740:

    As thousands of teachers in several parts of England go on strike over pay, pensions and conditions, BBC Education looks at the backdrop to the industrial dispute.

    Teachers on strike in Liverpool in June
     
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    SOUTH WEST SCHOOLS 0746:

    In Cornwall, 107 schools have announced they will either be closed or partially closed to pupils as a result of the industrial action, Cornwall Council says.

    More than 110 schools will be affected in Devon by closures or partial closures. The Devon County Council area will see 43 affected, the Plymouth unitary area has 52 schools and there's another 19 in the Torbay unitary council area.

     
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    0755:

    Today's strike is the third in a series of regional walk-outs in protest at changes to pay, pensions and workloads.

    Teachers walking through the city centre in Birmingham on 1 October

    The first strike was at the end of June in the north-west of England. During the second day of action on 1 October, more than 2,500 schools were closed or partially closed in the east of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber.

     
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    LONDON SCHOOLS 0800:

    Nineteen out of 33 London boroughs have provided information to BBC London 94.9 about the number of schools affected so far.

    Of those, about 400 schools are completely closed and 450 partially closed.

     
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    0810: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    Are you affected by today's strike? Email your thoughts to locallive@bbc.co.uk and we'll feature some here.

     
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    AS IT HAPPENED
    • News updates on England teachers' strike
    • Pictures, analysis and reaction from 17 Oct
     
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    SOUTH SCHOOLS 0812:

    In Hampshire, more than 100 schools are closed or partially closed.

    At least 40 schools are shut or partially shut in Portsmouth, with 18 open.

    Southampton has 45 schools closed or partially closed with about 30 open and the Isle of Wight has 26 shut and 26 open.

     
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    UNION REACTION 0816:

    The NUT's deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney acknowledged many families would be inconvenienced by the strike.

    Kevin Courtney

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We sincerely want to apologise to parents both for the disruption to their children's education and for the disruption of parents' working lives."

     
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    NORTH EAST AND CUMBRIA SCHOOLS 0820:

    In Tyne and Wear, at least 471 schools are affected by today's industrial action.

    On Teesside, more than 106 schools are shut or partially shut.

    Cumbria County Council said at least 75 schools were closed or partially closed.

     
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    GOVERNMENT REACTION 0824:

    A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said it was "disappointing" the NUT and NASUWT were taking action.

    The spokeswoman said: "All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."

     
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    SOUTH EAST SCHOOLS 0828:

    Surrey County Council says 44 schools are shut and 77 are partially closed because of the strike.

    At least 69 schools in Brighton are affected and 157 are closed or partially closed in east and west Sussex.

     
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    0832:

    An NUT picket line is in place outside Charles Thorp Comprehensive School in Ryton, Gateshead.

    NUT picket line in Gateshead

    Send your photos to locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     
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    SOUTH SCHOOLS 0836:

    Oxfordshire County Council has published a list of school closures on its website. It said more than 150 of its 278 schools were closed or partially closed.

    More than 100 schools in Berkshire are affected by the strike.

    There are 16 schools shut or partially closed in Reading, 17 in Bracknell, 16 in Windsor and Maidenhead, 19 in Slough, 30 in West Berkshire and 19 in Wokingham.

     
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    WEST SCHOOLS 0841:

    At least 49 schools in Bristol, 29 in South Gloucestershire, and 35 in Bath and North East Somerset are closed or partially closed due to the strike

    And at least 86 schools in Somerset are closed or partially closed.

     
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    GOVERNMENT REACTION 0846:

    Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, urged teachers in Kent and Medway to cross picket lines.

    Charlie Elphicke

    He said: "This is really damaging to the teaching profession so I'd say think again, go into work and do a really great job."

     
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    SOUTH EAST SCHOOLS 0851:

    In Kent, 41 schools are closed and 94 are partially shut.

     
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    0859:

    The NUT and NASUWT agreed to launch a joint campaign against changes to pay, pensions and workloads in May 2012.

    The two unions are thought to represent about 85% of the teachers in England and Wales.

     
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    SOUTH SCHOOLS 0906:

    Dorset County Council said at least 15 schools will be shut today out of the 174 it runs.

    And fifteen schools will be closed or partially closed, with eight remaining open, Bournemouth Borough Council said.

    Poole Council has published a list of closures which includes at least 21 which are shut or partially shut.

     
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    0912:

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's political reporter took this photo of the picket line at a school in Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean.

    Cinderford picket line

    More than half the schools in the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire are affected.

     
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    SOUTH EAST SCHOOLS 0916:

    Buckinghamshire County Council says 21 schools are closed and 47 are partially closed.

    Milton Keynes Council says 26 of its schools are shut, with 18 partially closed.

     
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    0922:

    Union members and supporters will be holding marches and rallies in support of the strike in Bristol, Durham and London later.

    Smaller events are being held at other locations, including Plymouth's Home Park.

     
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    WEST SCHOOLS 0928:

    In Gloucestershire, at least 135 schools are closed or partially closed while 104 are open as normal.

    In Wiltshire and Swindon, at least 101 schools are closed or partially closed and 177 are open.

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 0932:

    On its Facebook page, BBC News is asking if you've been affected by the teachers' strike. Join the debate here.

    Facebook screengrab
     
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    SOUTH SCHOOLS 0937:

    More than 100 schools in Berkshire are affected by the strike.

    There are 16 schools shut or partially shut in Reading, 17 in Bracknell, 16 in Windsor and Maidenhead, 19 in Slough, 30 in West Berkshire and 19 in Wokingham.

     
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    0943:

    Plans for a national one-day walkout before Christmas have also been announced by the NUT and NASUWT.

     
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    0948:

    John Perry, head teacher of Fowey Community College in Cornwall, said closing his school was the "safest thing to do".

    John Perry talks to BBC Cornwall's Amy Gladwell

    He told BBC Cornwall: "For our students, at this time in their education, every day lost can make a real difference."

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 0953:

    Suzy F tweets: My son secondary skl closed. I FULLY support teachers who do an incred hard and demanding job. They cannot teach at 67 yrs old.

     
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    0958:

    Right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange claimed last month a poll suggested teachers could be persuaded to get behind performance-related pay if given reassurances about its fairness and efficiency.

    But teaching unions said they did not agree with the think tank's conclusions from its survey.

     
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    1004:

    Members of the NUT and NASUWT form a picket line at Harton Technology College in South Shields.

    South Shields picket line
     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1009:

    James McIntoch, from Bury, emails: "Once again we see Teachers who have some of the best pay and conditions in the country causing parents who can only dream of having similar conditions to loose pay or pay for child care to cover this action."

     
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    GOVERNMENT REACTION 1022:

    Schools minister David Laws described the action being taken by the NUT and the NASUWT as "a mess".

    David Laws

    He told the BBC: "They've held a strike which seems to have a multiplicity of different reasons all mish-moshed together in a way that few people can understand any more what this strike is about."

     
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    1028:

    Striking teachers are due to gather in Brighton for a march and rally, reports BBC News.

     
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    1034:

    Research published earlier this month revealed most people in the UK think teachers should be paid about 15% more than their current salaries, while almost three-quarters (74%) were in favour of performance-related pay for teachers.

    The Varkey GEMS Foundation survey found 40% thought unions had too little influence over teachers' pay and conditions, but just under 30% thought they had too much.

     
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    VIDEO: PLYMOUTH PARENTS 1039:

    BBC News has been asking parents in Plymouth how they feel about the teachers' strike.

    Plymouth parent
     
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    LONDON SCHOOLS 1043:

    BBC London 94.9 reports that out of the 20 boroughs which have provided information about the strikes, 445 schools are completely closed and 450 are partially closed.

     
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    BRISTOL MARCH 1046:

    BBC News reporter Chris Kelly in Bristol says: "The march by teaching union members has got under way and is heading for Bristol City centre.

    Bristol march

    "There are teachers from all across the West here. Many have brought children on the march."

     
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    1051:

    Pauline Wood, head teacher at Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland, told BBC Newcastle: "We've got nobody on strike today. We don't see there's any conflict at all.

    "If you're a young teacher why should you have to wait until you've been teaching for 12 years before getting to the top of the scale? I think people should be paid what they're worth."

     
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    LONDON MARCH 1056:

    In London, teaching union members are about to start a march which will see them pass through Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

    The Metropolitan Police website has more information on the route.

     
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    1100:

    BBC political reporter Fergus Hewison is in Durham where a march and rally are being held by striking teachers.

    Durham rally
     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1104:

    Min tweets: @BBCEngland @BBCNews teachers should be paid ALOT more & working conditions improved etc but not at expense of kids education #dayoffschool

     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1110:

    Teaching unions are due to march through Commercial Road in Portsmouth at 12:00, reports The News.

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1114:

    Vanessa Feltz is talking about the teachers' strike on BBC London 94.9.

    Eva, from London, contacted the show to say teachers should not be taking action.

    She said: "Practically all professionals are taking cuts to salaries... teachers are just spoilt brats! Get on with it or Get out!"

     
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    1119:

    BBC Sussex reporter Simon Jenkins is at a strike rally in Brighton, where he estimates there are more than 300 people.

    Brighton strike rally
     
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    VIDEO: DAVID LAWS 1126:

    Minister of State for Schools David Laws tells the BBC he believes the unions are "losing the patience of the public".

     
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    1132:

    More than 3,000 schools in England have been closed or partially closed by the teachers' strike.

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1137:

    We've had hundreds of comments about the strike on our Facebook page.

    Lisa Exeter says: "I think they are right to protest. More people should do this instead of just laying down and taking it."

    While Amanda Frost says: "Teachers, of all people, you would think could articulate themselves sufficiently without having to go on strike!"

     
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    BRISTOL RALLY 1141:

    BBC News reporter Chris Kelly said one of the organisers of today's march and rally in Bristol estimated about 3,000 people had attended.

    Bristol rally
     
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    LONDON MARCH 1146:

    Met Police Events tweets: The @NUTonline march has moved off from Malet St, WC1. Please avoid the area where possible due to temporary road closures

     
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    1153:

    BBC Education has a guide to why teachers are striking.

    It concludes any hope of a settlement in the near future "seems unlikely".

     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1159:

    English teacher Laura Rowlands has shared her reasons for striking with the Guardian newspaper.

     
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    PLYMOUTH RALLY 1204:

    As well as the main union rallies taking place in Bristol, Durham and London, smaller events are being held in other areas, including Brighton, Carlisle and Plymouth (pictured).

    Plymouth rally
     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1208:

    Kim Windsor emails: "I was one of these parents that always berated the teachers for lots of holidays, easy life etc but since working in a school myself as part of the support staff I can now see how extremely hard and the very long hours our teachers work."

     
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    SOUTH EAST SCHOOLS 1212:

    Here are the latest figures on the proportion of schools affected by today's strike action in the South East:

    • Kent: 103 schools closed or partially closed out of 597
    • Medway: 32 out of 100
    • East Sussex: 99 out of 189
    • Brighton and Hove: 58 out of 76
     
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    MP'S REACTION 1217:

    Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton said he was "worried" closing schools would "disrupt" working families and single parents.

    James Wharton

    He said it was "unfortunate" the unions were "refusing" to co-operate with the government's planned measures.

     
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    1223:

    Met Police Events tweets: The front of the @NUTonline march is now on Marsham Street and the rear is at Trafalgar Square

     
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    BRISTOL RALLY 1228:

    BBC News has a report on today's march and rally in Bristol, which was attended by an estimated 3,000 union members and supporters.

    Bristol rally
     
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    VIDEO: CHRIS KEATES 1233:

    Chris Keates, the NASUWT's general secretary, tells the BBC today's action is 'lawfully justified'.

     
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    OXFORD RALLY 1237: Adam Williams BBC News

    The placards are out at the Oxford teachers' rally.

    Oxford placards

    You can ready more about today's walk-out in Oxfordshire here.

     
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    1241: Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter

    Teachers' anger covers performance-related pay, being told they will have to work until they are 65, cuts and reforms.

    But the talk on the picket lines is also about the education secretary himself. When I asked one teacher what today's action was all about, she replied in one word: "Gove".

     
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    1246:

    BBC reporter Susana Mendonca saw hundreds of striking teachers march past Parliament earlier.

    Teachers pass parliament
     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1252:

    Every secondary and middle school in south and west Dorset except one were closed by today's industrial action, reports the Dorset Echo.

     
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    DURHAM RALLY 1256:

    Lee W-F tweets: Teachers marching through Durham, the home of the Miners' Gala

    Durham rally
     
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    1300:

    With thousands of schools closed across England as members of the two biggest teaching unions go on strike, do people who have been affected feel industrial action was justified?

    BBC News hears from a parent, teacher, head teacher and businessman.

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1304:

    Iain Tucker, who describes himself as a frustrated granddad, emails: "It is all very well going on strike but why are teachers leaving after only 3 years in the job?

    "Perhaps they realise it is not the cushy number they thought it was to be."

     
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    NORTH EAST SCHOOLS 1310: Fergus Hewison BBC Newcastle political reporter

    NUT North East representative Ian Grayson estimates 75% of children in the region are off school today due to industrial action by his union and NASUWT.

     
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    1316:

    Some parents have complained they found it hard to find alternative childcare to cover today's strike, reports BBC News.

    Bristol march

    Andy Eastham, from Swindon, said his 15-year-old son asked him: "How can teachers hope to prepare us for the real world when they refuse to get into it themselves?'"

     
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    BRIGHTON RALLY 1325:

    In Brighton, more than 2,000 people, including teachers from across the city and elsewhere in Sussex, staged a noisy march, led by a man playing bagpipes.

    Rachel Henocq, who teaches at Peacehaven Community School near Brighton, said: "I think it's unfair what the government is doing to education.

    "It's ruining children's lives at the moment. Someone has got to take a stand. No-one wants to go on strike. I love teaching and I love children."

     
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    IMPACT ON PUPILS 1329:

    Aylesbury High School, in Buckinghamshire, is partially open to 540 students in years 7-9. Years 10-13 were asked to study at home.

    Alan Rosen

    Head Alan Rosen said: "We need to have as much education going on as we can. If it's possible to have some lessons taking place then they should.

    "It would've been easier to close the school, but because year 7, 8, 9 will get some benefit out of this, it was best to get them in."

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1336:

    Gill, a BBC Wiltshire listener, texts: "I have absolute sympathy for the teachers. I have seen how hard they work. Goalposts are always being moved."

     
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    DURHAM RALLY 1345:

    Striking teachers have been marching through the streets of Durham.

    Durham rally

    Whistles were being blown and there were chants of "Gove Out", reports BBC Look North.

     
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    1353:

    The government says just over a quarter of schools in the North East and Cumbria, the South West, South East and London were forced to shut their doors by the strike.

     
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    1400:

    Met Police Events tweets: The @NUTonline march and rally has concluded. Normal traffic in central London resumes

     
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    PLYMOUTH RALLY 1407:

    Hundreds of teachers from across Devon and Cornwall joined the rally at Home Park in Plymouth.

    Kathy Smith, who travelled from Truro in Cornwall, said: "Children are missing a day of school and that is very hard for us. The last thing we want is for children to miss their education and the inconvenience that causes.

    "But we consider the danger of what Gove is planning for education in the country to be such a threat that we feel we have to take this action and oppose him and try and stop him in his tracks."

     
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    VIDEO: MARCHES 1414:

    BBC News spoke to striking teachers as they took part in marches and rallies in several regions.

    Striking teachers in Bristol

    The government accused unions of "trying to create as much disruption as possible".

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1421:

    Kathryn Gray emails: "Why are the BBC only saying the strike is about pay and pensions? It's so much more than that.

    "It's creating a boring curriculum aimed at the brightest only, artificially pushing grades down by altering boundaries, proposing to stop our planning, preparation and assessment time and lengthening our working day."

     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1429:

    Teachers hate Michael Gove the whistleblower, because he speaks unpleasant truths, writes Cristina Odone in The Telegraph.

     
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    NORTH EAST SCHOOLS 1438:

    BBC Look North reports 471 schools in Tyne and Wear were affected by today's industrial action.

    In Teesside 106 schools were hit and a further 75 schools in Cumbria closed or partially closed.

     
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    BRIGHTON RALLY 1446:

    One protester dressed as a "Govebuster" for the march in Brighton.

    'Govebuster' costume

    BBC News education reporter Hannah Richardson said many striking teachers feel the education secretary Michael Gove has "denigrated their profession" over the past few years.

     
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    1451:

    The Department for Education tweets: Official DfE figs show just 27% of schools closed in affected areas. 60% of schools were closed in same regions in national strike of Nov 11

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1459:

    There's a mix of views from people who are commenting on our Facebook page.

    Darren Lillywhite says: "Special schools should not strike, my kids don't understand disruption to their routine, it affects them really badly!"

    Meanwhile Terry Tovey says: "I fully support the teachers action and blame this government for failing our children. The buck stops with Gove!"

     
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    VIDEO: SOUTH EAST STRIKE 1505:

    BBC South East Today reports hundreds of schools in the region were affected by today's teachers' strike.

    Strikers in the south east

    It said the action was condemned by both Labour and Conservative MPs from the area.

     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1509:

    The Evening Standard in London says 90% of schools in parts of London were forced to send children home today as teachers in the two biggest unions went on strike.

     
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    1517:

    BBC News has a breakdown of how many schools in each county were shut or partially closed by the strike.

    Table
     
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    GOVERNMENT REACTION 1522:

    Prime Minister David Cameron said the strike was "inconvenient for parents" and "not good for pupils' education".

     
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    AUDIO: PERFORMANCE PAY 1527:

    Victoria Derbyshire led a discussion on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning on whether teachers' pay should be linked to performance. Listen here.

     
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    PARENT'S VIEW 1532:

    Penny Bramsden, from the parenting website Surrey Mummy, says the strike has made things very difficult for parents.

    "The stress that a lot of parents are going through today, having to make alternative arrangements at very short notice, it really is a huge headache for them.

    "In particular, the working parents who normally just drop their children off and go work, they've had to rope in all sorts of family members and friends in some case to help out so it really has been fairly terrible for a lot of them."

     
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    IN THE PAPERS 1538:

    Dave Anderson, Labour MP for Blaydon, tells the Tyneside newspaper The Journal he feels the dispute between teachers and the government is a consequence of Michael Gove's "intransigence".

    Durham march

    He described the current confrontation as "a critical point" for education.

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1543:

    Gail Passey, from Woodford, emails: "I am quite horrified by some of the comments the BBC has chosen to publish today.

    "Teachers are well educated, intelligent people, proven by the fact they have qualified in the first place.

    "Does the general public or the BBC truly think that we, as educated people, would strike if we did not think we were truly justified?"

     
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    1547:

    Many of today's protesters have aimed their anger in the direction of Education Secretary Michael Gove.

    But Lib Dem schools minister David Laws said Mr Gove was a "misunderstood" character who was "passionate about education", the Huffington Post reported two days ago.

     
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    1551:

    David Shepherd, Devon regional chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, told BBC Devon he had little sympathy for striking teachers.

    David Shephard

    He said: "The educationalists within the various unions want to continue with a system that is not working for those that are underachieving."

     
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    YOUR VIEWS 1555:

    You can join a debate about teaching in this country on our Facebook page.

    Matt Moran says: "We should take the same approach to education that they do in Finland. Take highly qualified teachers only, pay them like lawyers or doctors & stop all the testing of small children."

    Mike Drew replies: "Quite agree but I wonder how much you are willing to pay in extra taxes to be able to do so?"

     
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    1559:

    More than 3,000 schools were shut or partially closed in London, Cumbria, the South East, North East and South West as teachers went on strike over pay, pensions and jobs.

    Bristol strike

    The Department for Education said it was "disappointing" the unions were taking industrial action.

    The NUT and NASUWT say unless there is a resolution to the dispute they plan to hold a national one-day strike before Christmas.

     
  96.  
    1600: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    Thanks for reading our coverage of today's teachers' strike and to those who contributed with photos or comments.

    You can read more about the industrial action here or see what others have had to say on the BBC News Facebook page.

     

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