Thousands of schools across England and Wales forced to close as teachers strike and threaten further action.
Thousands of schools across England and Wales will face disruption and closures today as teachers stage a one-day national walkout.
Teacher Tom Hayes has written to the parents of children at his school explaining why he, and his colleagues, have decided to strike.
As teachers announce plans that could result in strike action there seems to be little support for any walk outs with parents reacting angrily to the plans.
- Helen Nellie Chadwick: Surprise surprise think parents should unite as one to stop the fines for taking kids out as its prejudice as it doesn't apply to the disruption that strikes cause let alone the poor pupils about to do their exams.
- Gypsy Bluebell: Outrageous. Parents can't take children out of school because of disruption to the rest of the class... I have no sympathy with them, whatsoever.
- Ron Lock: Why don't they have their strikes in August, as a nurse I am getting fed up with this... Maybe we should refuse to treat teachers when they go on strike!
- Tracy Trotter: Find a different way than walking out. It not only hurts the gov it hurts every parent and costs [them] to find childcare.
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The Department for Education has hit out at the National Union of Teachers over proposed strike action in June, saying it will "damage the reputation of the profession".
A spokesperson added that it was up to headteachers to ensure their staff have manageable workloads.
Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so. Further strike action will only disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.
It is important that teachers work closely with school leaders to ensure that their workload is manageable. We trust the professionalism of our headteachers to monitor their staff's workload and address any issues.
Teachers have taken to Twitter in support of the news that summer strike action has been approved by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
#NUT2014 so pleased that we have passed the stand up for education motion. Loved the fact that everyone stood up and clapped at the end!
#NUT2014 Strike action isn't certain, it is an OPTION, to be taken if the Govt won't negotiate. The Govt can prevent it, if they want to.
The National Union of Teachers has voted for a series of fresh strikes, starting with a national walkout in June.
The action relates to a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Michael Gove has been described as a "demented Dalek on speed" today as teachers debated calls for a major escalation of strike action.
Teachers need to put "maximum pressure" on the Government to force them to change their policies on issues such as pay and working conditions, activists at the National Union of Teachers annual conference also heard.
Ian Murch, a member of the union's executive, launched a stinging attack on the Education Secretary, saying: "We need a secretary of state who believes in treating teachers properly and respecting their professionalism."
He told the conference: "We are here to do the public a favour, to make sure Michael Gove's days are numbered. Michael Gove you have to go."
He then described the minister as "a parody of an Education Secretary"
"Michael Gove, the demented Dalek on speed who wants to exterminate anything good in education that's come along since the 1950s." Murch continued.
"Michael Gove, the man who says he wants to set schools free and then sends in the Spanish inquisition."
After thousands of teachers walked out on strike today - over pay, pensions and conditions - the schools minister David Laws says he is "disappointed" the action was taken.
Mr Laws described the strikes as "unreasonable" as "constructive" talks are continuing between Department for Education and unions.
A schoolchild has told ITV News the teachers' strike has affected her because she is "not getting enough education" ahead of her SATs exams.
Lauren Scobie said the walkout was both "good and bad" because teachers were "getting the attention" of Education Secretary Michael Gove but they were also adversely affecting her education.
Teachers and campaigners taking part in the national strike have been rallying outside Brighthelm Centre in Brighton & Hove. Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw sent these pictures from the demonstration.
Teachers have been holding a number of rallies across the North West as part of their industrial action, forcing the closure of many schools.
The NUT are boycotting classes as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pension cuts and working conditions.