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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.

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?"


Thousands of schools to face disruption and closure

The NUT's ongoing industrial action focus on three issues, changes to pay, pensions and workload. Credit: PA

Thousands of schools across England and Wales will face disruption and closures today as teachers stage a one-day national walkout in an ongoing bitter row over pay and conditions.

The strike, called by the National Union of Teachers, could force some schools to close to some or all pupils.

The action has been condemned by the Department for Education (DfE) who say it will disrupt parents' lives and damage children's education.

NUT members are expected to join picket lines across both nations, with the union also holding a number of rallies.

Ofsted chief condemns 'disruptive' NUT strike action

On the eve of strike action by the National Union of Teachers, the head of Ofsted told ITV News he condemned that action.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw also spoke of his new mission to improve classroom discipline, calling on headteachers to be tougher and more consistent in their methods.

ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:


Ofsted boss condemns 'disruptive' teachers' strike

The head of schools regulator Ofsted has told ITV News the planned teachers' strike is disruptive and unwelcome.

Members of the National Union of Teachers, the UK's biggest teaching union, are set to stage a walkout in England and Wales tomorrow over an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.

ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:

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."

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