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Teacher morale "dangerously low"

The secretary of Bradford NUT, John Howarth, has apologised to parents affected by today's strike - but says he hopes they will support the teachers' action.

Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.

– Bradford NUT Secretary, John Howarth

Teachers in England and Wales to strike over pay

Teachers have vowed to press ahead with a one-day strike over pay and conditions despite calls to halt the action because it will disrupt children's education.

Tens of thousands of teachers are expected to take part in tomorrow's walkout, which could force schools across England and Wales to close to some or all pupils.

File photo of two people on an NUT picket line.
The National Union of Teachers is set to strike tomorrow. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive

The strike, which has been condemned by the Department for Education, has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) as part of a dispute over changes to pay and working conditions as well as pensions.

Fellow teachers' union NASUWT has decided not to take part in the strike action.



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:

Find out if schools in your area are affected by the strike action here

Hundreds of North East schools to close because of teacher strike

Hundreds of schools in the North East of England will be closed or partially closed due to a strike by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers has called the strike because of a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers marched through Newcastle in April 2008 Credit: PA

Read: List of North East schools affected by strike action

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Every energy technology has associated risk

Researchers at Durham University have published a major report looking into the dangers of fracking. They say fracking, which involves fracturing rocks to release shale gas, is relatively safe. But drilling boreholes, whether for fracking or not, is potentially dangerous.

Richard Davies from Durham University says there is some sort of risk with every energy technology.


University of Sunderland "deeply concerned" to hear of graduate on missing plane

The University of Sunderland has said staff are "deeply concerned" to hear reports that one of its ex-students may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our graduates, Huan Peen Chan, who studied at the University of Sunderland between 1992 and 1995, may be one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. "Although we are not able to confirm these reports at this time, we wish to pass on our thoughts to the family at this difficult time.”

– University of Sunderland spokesman
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