West Midlands teachers on strike

Members of the National Union of Teachers demonstrated in one of Birmingham's central squares today over workload, pay and pensions.

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NUT member apologises to parents but blames MP

A member of the NUT in Birmingham has apologised to parents for today's strike, which meant many children could not go into school.

But Kevin Courtney also said it was necessary for parents to see that the Government has caused teachers to have to go on strike.

The Government says it's surprised the strike took place, as talks are underway with unions.

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NUT member says changes to education a big reason for strike

A Nottingham NUT member has explained the reasons for today's teacher strike to ITV News Central's Education Correspondent, Peter Bearne.

Susi Artis says changes to the structure of education in the country is a main reason behind the strike, as well as pay and pensions. She spoke during the NUT march in Nottingham earlier today.

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Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: Schools in your area affected by teachers' strike

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.

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Teachers strike: 300 Nottingham teachers to march

by Peter Bearne
300 teachers are preparing to march in Nottingham
300 teachers are preparing to march in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

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.

The strike is part of a row with the Government over pay, pensions and workload
The strike is part of a row with the Government over pay, pensions and workload Credit: ITV News Central
Hundreds of schools across the Midlands will be closed today
Hundreds of schools across the Midlands will be closed today Credit: ITV News Central
The government has condemned the strikes for the 'disruption they will cause'
The government has condemned the strikes for the 'disruption they will cause' Credit: ITV News Central
The chief of Ofsted has also criticised the strikes
The chief of Ofsted has also criticised the strikes Credit: ITV News Central

Read: Midlands schools affected by the strikes

Is your school affected by teacher strike action?

Previous strike action by the NUT and NASUWT Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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.

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