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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

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

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 Credit: ITV News Central
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' Credit: ITV News Central
The chief of Ofsted has also criticised the strikes Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Schools across region to close as teachers go on strike

Schools across the region are to close today as many teachers go on strike, in protest against government changes to their working conditions.

Click here to find out whether your school is to be affected by the teachers strikes

Teachers from the NUT go on strike today Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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.

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Ofsted chief condemns teachers' strike action

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."

Teachers plan Nottingham march on strike day

Nottingham's branch of the NUT plan to march through the city tomorrow morning during a day of action.

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