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Schoolchild worried about strike's impact on her exams

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.

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Striking teachers hold rally in Preston

Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

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.

Teachers on rally in Preston Credit: ITV Granada
Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

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?"

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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:

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