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Schools minister Nick Gibb has revealed that "seven out of eight schools are refusing to close" despite a teachers' strike.
Responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons about the strike, Mr Gibb paid tribute to the "dedication of the vast majority of teachers and head teachers".
The industrial action by the NUT is pointless but it is far from inconsequential - it disrupts children's education, it inconveniences parents and it damages the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public.
But because of the dedication of the vast majority of teachers and head teachers, our analysis shows that seven out of eight schools are refusing to close.
As a nationwide teachers' strike continues, the Education Department has said that out of the 21,957 publicly funded schools:
Teachers are on their way to Parliament Square to demonstrate against the government's education policy.
ITV News' Charlene White tweeted a video of the protesters as they made their way through Regent Street.
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Teachers are putting children's education at risk and disrupting parents by taking "unnecessary" strike action, Nicky Morgan has told Good Morning Britain.
The education secretary denied claims the government was cutting funding, saying the schools budget was the highest it has even been.
She said less than a quarter of members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) had voted for strike action, which she claimed represented less than 10% of the total teaching profession.
Morgan also said the government would re-engage in talks with the NUT to "air all the issues".
"This strike is unnecessary, it is putting children's education at risk and inconveniencing parents."
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