Public sector workers have gathered in Nottingham in a row over pay, pensions, conditions, jobs and spending cuts.
A Leicestershire school has sent a letter to parents telling them they are staying open today despite their teachers supporting the public sector strike action.
St. Peter's Catholic School in Earl Shilton told parents they "strongly support the strike action" but are not walking out because it "would cause too much disruption for our year 6 children's final week."
The school also says it means a lot to them to say farewell to the children who have "been part of our lives for the past seven years."
The Library of Birmingham says it is offering a reduced service today because of the public sector strike action.
It also advises people to check with their local library to see if it is closed.
Contact details for Birmingham libraries can be found here.
Birmingham residents who are expecting rubbish to be collected today have been told it may not be picked up until the weekend ahead of the public sector strikes.
Members of the GMB, Unison, Unite and NUT unions are walking out, meaning many schools will close and council services will come to a halt today.
Birmingham City Council said: Residents who are due to have a rubbish, recycling or green waste recycling collection on Thursday are asked to put their bin, sacks or boxes out for collection as usual.
"If these have not been collected by the end of the day, please leave the rubbish and recycling out for collection – which will be collected during the weekend, so there is no need for residents to report a missed collection as this will not result in a quicker service."
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the strike action and assure residents we will do our best to collect the waste as soon as we can.”
The Secretary of the NUT in Coventry says teaching needs to be a more appealing profession.
Jane Nellist spoke to ITV News Central ahead of the large-scale strikes which are to take place today.
Public sector workers are to strike today in a row over pay, pensions and workload.
Members of the GMB, Unison, Unite and NUT unions are walking out, meaning many schools will close and council service will come to a halt.
It has been described as one of the biggest days of industrial action since 2011.
Teachers across the East Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow, in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.Read the full story ›
Teachers across the West Midlands will be out on strike tomorrow, in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.Read the full story ›
Nottinghamshire County Council has been named as the most improved local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference in their schools.
That's according to a report by an equality charity today. Lincolnshire County Council was named the tenth best local authority.