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As thousands of students celebrate success across the North East, we take a look at some pictures from the morning.
Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
Parents in Northumberland are protesting against the axing of free transport for 16-18 year old students.
The row over the scrapping of free school transport for 16-18 year olds in Northumberland reaches a climax today as parents and teenagers protest outside an extraordinary meeting of the council called to discuss the policy.
The council has taken away free school buses for post-16 students because of central funding cuts.
"We want to thank the vast majority of public servants who turned up for work as usual today. Our official estimates are that fewer than half a million took part in this strike action - well short of the inflated claims of union leaders. Within the Civil Service, there has been the lowest recorded turnout for a national strike.
"Every Jobcentre opened, the majority of children went to school as normal and fire services continue to operate with robust contingency arrangements in place.
– Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office
"As part of our long-term economic plan, this Government has had to take tough decisions, including to restrain public sector pay. The blame for today's disruption rests with those union leaders who pushed for unnecessary strike action with weak mandates."
Thousands of striking public sector workers have attended a rally in the centre of Newcastle. Some have told ITV News that they are struggling to pay their bills, and a 1% pay rise is not enough.
Over 40,000 public-sector workers in the North East are striking in one of the biggest walk-outs the country has seen in years.
A march in Newcastle is now underway.
Public sector workers are striking today over a row on pay, conditions, pensions and spending cuts.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter users on the industrial action.
I'm with the strikers. No pay rise for years while ministers give themselves 11% + expenses? Unacceptable #strikeaction
As a parent I would be happy if my children couldn't go to school, they are teaching kids to stand up for what's important #strikeaction
David Cameron said the "time had come" to tighten strike laws and vowed to include this measure in the Conservative manifesto ahead of next year's General Election.
The Prime Minister attacked low turnouts in some ballots, pointing out that only 27% voted on whether to strike in a 2012 walkout.
During his weekly questions in the Commons, he said: "I don't think these strikes are right...I think people should turn up for work.
"I think the time has come for looking at setting thresholds in strike ballots... The (NUT) strike ballot took place in 2012, based on a 27% turnout.
"How can it possibly be right for our children's education to be disrupted by trade unions acting in that way? It is time to legislate and it will be in the Conservative manifesto."