Unions call for 'attitude change' from govt on teaching

England's two biggest teaching unions NASUWT and the National Union of Teachers, who organised today's strike, have called for "a change in the government's attitude to education".

The overwhelming majority of teachers in four regions will be on strike today.

Strike action is a last resort, teachers have been left with no choice but to demonstrate their anger and frustration in the face of their genuine concerns being dismissed and trivialised.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary

No teacher takes strike action lightly but the intransigence of this Education Sectary has left teachers with no choice.

We cannot stand by and watch our profession be systematically attacked and undermined. There needs to be a change in the Government's attitude to teachers and education.

– Christine Blower, NUT general secretary

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Thousands of teachers on strike

Thousands of teachers are taking part in a one-day strike today in a continued row over pay, pensions and working conditions. The walkout will affect schools in the East of England, the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside.