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Public sector workers to strike over working conditions

Some schools are closing because of the strike action Credit: PA

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.

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Tackling homophobic bullying improvement in schools

Schools in Nottinghamshire are the most improved in the country for preventing homophobic bullyinh Credit: PA

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.

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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