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".
– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary
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.
– Christine Blower, NUT 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.