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Teachers on the march across the region

There was an impromptu day off school for many children in our region and an extra complication for working parents.

Many schools across the east were either closed completely today, or were open with just a few classes running, as teachers went on strike in a row over pay, workload and pension deals.

Click below to watch Tanya Mercer's report for the east of the ITV Anglia region

Teachers go on the march across the region

There was an impromptu day off school for many children in our region and an extra complication for working parents.

Many schools across the east were either closed completely today, or were open with just a few classes running, as teachers went on strike in a row over pay, workload and pension deals.

Click below to watch Elodie Harper's report for the west of the ITV Anglia Region

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Pictures from the Cambridge NUT rally

Members of the NUT who are on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions held a rally in Cambridge today

Cambridge NUT Rally Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Cambridge teacher rally Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Teachers in Cambridge Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
A large turn out in Cambridge Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
NUT members in Cambridge make their feelings known Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia

Teachers to go on strike

Parents face uncertainty as another teachers' strike looms. The National Union of Teachers is set to take action over pay and conditions in the first national strike since 2008.

But with teachers not having to give advance warning over whether they'll take part, some parents may not find out if their school is affected until tomorrow morning.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Cambridge University community centre approved for north west development

Artist impression of plans. Credit: Cambridge University

A community centre on the north west development at the University of Cambridge has been approved by local planning authorities.

The joint venture with trustees from the University and Cambridge City Council, will serve the new community and the wider Cambridge public.

Heather Topel, of the North West Cambridge Development said: “The development is very much a joint venture that brings together Cambridge City Council and the University to provide a quality facility for the community, and we look forward to delivering this aspect in partnership.”

Works on the North West Cambridge Development infrastructure will start in 2014 with phased completions from late 2015-16.

MP confesses she went to the chippy instead of eating school dinners

Elizabeth Truss. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss today admitted she did not eat school dinners - because a lollipop lady helped her reach a nearby chip shop instead.

The education minister reminisced about her youth and confessed pupils benefited from the "special" helper used by her primary school.

The government has pledged to introduce free school meals for every five to seven-year-old in England in an attempt to improve the health of pupils and raise performance.

But speaking during a debate on teaching assistants, Ms Truss said: "I didn't actually eat school dinners at my primary school.

"There was a chip shop over the road and the school provided a special lollipop lady to take us to the chip shop at lunchtime instead.

"So I didn't avail myself with the services of the school dinnerladies at the time, but lollipop ladies were also a very important part of our school infrastructure."

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