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Parents were only given a week's notice of today's strike action. Many have been forced to take the day off work to look after their children due to school closures.
One charity in Durham offered childcare for just £5 to take the pressure off working parents.
Hundreds of teachers have marched through the streets of Durham as their fight with the Government over changes to pay and conditions reaches boiling point.
Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to alter teachers pensions and introduce performance related pay. Unions say the move will devastate the profession and children's education.
Thousands of teachers have been protesting against Government plans to link salary with performance and pension changes.
Some teachers said the strike action is "a necessary evil".
On Facebook, Jane Caithness Turner says:
"I agree with them. they should voice their anger, as we all should... If we all work until 68 there will not be any jobs for youth... Teachers work harder than MPs, time for fairness."
On Facebook, Antonio Barbaro says:
"A strike is always a last resort and for a profession as dedicated as teachers to come out on strike takes a lot. Backing them 100%. Good luck to them."
Teachers from across the region set of on a march across Durham as part of a pay and working conditions strike.
Teachers on the picket line at Charles Thorp Comprehensive School, Ryton, in a row over pensions, pay and working conditions. They say this is a 'reluctant' strike but that they have been left with little choice.
Thousands of children will be off school tomorrow (October 17) as teachers take to the picket lines.
Two of the country's main teaching unions will march in cities across the UK, including Durham.
Some schools will be forced to close if too many teachers are on strike.
Details of which schools will be closed can be found in the links below: