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Teacher: 'It's largely about the conditions for me'

Thousands of public sector workers from across the North East are taking part in a 24-hour strike today.

Like the last strike of this scale, it means hundreds of our schools will be closed or partially closed. The industrial action also affects town halls, libraries, Sure Start centres and many other council-run facilities.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Nik Jones, from Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, is one of thousands of members of the National Union of Teachers taking part in the walkout. "It's largely about the conditions for me", he said.

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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.

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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


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

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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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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.

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.

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