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Tens of thousands of children are missing lessons today as teachers stage a one-day strike over pay, pensions and conditions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT are taking part in industrial action across the North West.
Around 2,765 schools in 22 authorities are affected by the walkout, the unions have claimed.
As part of the action, rallies are being held in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Chester.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the teaching profession is in "crisis" following "three years of attacks by the Coalition Government".
Teachers' unions have announced a rolling programme of regional strikes over the next few months, affecting schools across England and Wales.
It is thought the action could be followed by a national walkout in the autumn over a dispute on pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said in a letter to both unions in March that he was wrote willing to meet them to discuss their dispute, but also insisting that the "direction of travel" on both of their key issues is "fixed".
From this autumn, teachers' pay will be linked to performance in the classroom, with schools setting salaries, rather than following a national framework.
More than 2,500 schools in the North West of England could be affected today as teachers stage a walkout over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT will take part in a strike, the first in a planned national rolling programme of strikes across England and Wales which will continue in the Autumn term.
Twenty two authorities, and a possible 2,765 schools, across the North West will be affected as joint rallies are held in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Preston.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, will address the rally in Liverpool at midday.