A day of disruption for parents and children across the region, as teachers went on strike over pay, pensions and workloads. The government has accused the strikers of damaging children's education, while the unions insist that without better conditions the quality of teaching will suffer.
But despite hundreds of their staff turning out for rallies, many schools in the East DID manage to stay open. Here's a report by our education correspondent Elodie Harper...
Dr Patrick Roach the Deputy General Secretary of the teachers' union, NAS/UWT, addressed a rally of striking teachers in Cambridge this morning. Afterwards he spoke to ITV Anglia's Jonathan Wills who began by asking him what message he was trying to get across at the rally.
Striking teachers from across the Anglia region have gathered at a rally in Cambridge. Hundreds of schools are shut today as teachers from two of the biggest unions go on strike. Members of the NUT and NASUWT are striking over pay, pensions and working conditions.
And more striking teachers attended another rally outside Norwich's Forum.