Premier League stars from the region have joined a literacy drive by naming their favourite books.
Members of the National Union of Teachers demonstrated in one of Birmingham's central squares today over workload, pay and pensions.
List of schools in the Midlands affected by strike action on Wednesday 26th March.
Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.
The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).
Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.
More than 300 teachers from the NUT are preparing for a march through Nottingham city centre.
The union is staging a one-day strike in its ongoing row with the Government over pay, pensions and workload.
Hundreds of schools across the Midlands are expected to be closed or partially-closed today because of a one-day walkout by teachers in an ongoing row over pay and conditions.
The national strike, called by the National Union of Teachers, has been condemned by the government for the disruption it will cause to families.
For a list of closures across the Midlands click here.
Schools across the region are to close today as many teachers go on strike, in protest against government changes to their working conditions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers have planned protest marches, with notable ones in Birmingham and Nottingham taking place this morning.
It is part of a union campaign against what it sees as government attacks on teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has condemned the teachers' strike set to take place in England and Wales tomorrow.
Sir Michael told ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall: "I don't like strikes, I'm sure parents don't like strikes, I'm sure students don't like strikes.
"Learning is disrupted and teachers know that when children leave a school temporarily for day or two days ... it's much more difficult to get back to the routine."
Asked if he condemned the strike action, the chief inspector of schools in England said: "Yes I do."
Nottingham's branch of the NUT plan to march through the city tomorrow morning during a day of action.
Ahead of Wednesday's planned strike action, as a result of the ongoing trade dispute between Michael Gove and the National Union of Teachers, the NUT's General Secretary has highlighted the cause for concern for those in the profession.
Christine Blower is calling for 'joint action' to force government to make the necessary changes:
Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until the age of 68.
Our concerns have to be addressed if a crisis in teacher supply is to be avoided. It is not for us to comment on the decisions of other organisations, but the NUT continue to believe that joint action by teacher unions is the best way to defend teachers and the education service.
Now more than ever, teaching unions need to stand together to defend the members we represent and to speak with one voice.