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Your views: Are teachers right to walk out on strike?

Pupils across London are facing disruption to lessons today as teachers strike over pensions and pay. Do you back their action? Have you had to take the day off to look after your children? Tweet us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page.

Claire Earney Up the game. One day here and there won't help, you need two/three days in a row. Perhaps Gove will listen!

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@itvlondon i think they should open the school on a saturday and disrupt the teachers on a day off. See how they like it.

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Educating Essex head: Strike 'is like a snow day'

There are "no winners" in the teachers' strike with schools running as if it was "a snow day", head teacher Vic Goddard told Daybreak.

Mr Goddard, the principal on Channel 4's hit documentary series "Educating Essex" described his love for teaching but admitted there was no pleasing everyone with today's strike.

"I am sure I haven't pleased the union today by not having a partial closure. Heads have to make that decision - can I keep all children safe in my school?"

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London schools facing 'substantial strike disruption'

The National Union of Teachers claims a "significant" number of schools will stay closed in London tomorrow as teachers strike over pay and pensions. London NUT secretary Bob Stapley says the "vast majority" of its 55,000 members in the capital are expected to walk out, adding:

The messages we are getting indicate the action will be very effective. Almost every state primary and secondary school in the capital will be affected and there will be some significant closures.

It means thousands of parents will either have to take a day off work or arrange childcare. Are you affected by the strike action? Happy to be interviewed? Get in touch with us at planning@itvlondon.com

Walthamstow school to feature in new TV series

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A school in Walthamstow is to be the next to be featured in Channel 4's 'educating' series.

Following in the footsteps of Educating Essex and Educating Yorkshire, Frederick Bremer School, which opened in 2008, will be the backdrop for the next series of programs.

With 10 episodes scheduled it will be the longest series yet.

More than half of the school’s students have English as an additional language, and a third receive free school meals. Despite this 52 per cent achieved five good GCSEs, including English and maths, last year.

Headteacher Jenny Smith said that the show had been successful in showing the nation how schools like hers work to give their young people the best opportunities.

Thousands more places needed in London's schools

Thousands more school paces will need to be created in the capital in the next few years, according to the Local Government Association.

Nationally, one in three council areas need urgent action at secondary level over the next five years.

Among the boroughs affected in London are Newham, which will need to provide nearly five thousand extra secondary places by 2019.

By that year, Richmond will need to create another two thousand.

Several boroughs, including Harrow, Croydon, Hounslow and Newham, need to create extra capacity in their primary schools.

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