More than 1,500 striking teachers marched in central London today in protest at Government changes to the education system. Demonstrators from the National Union of Teachers held banners reading "Gove Out" and wore T-shirts with the slogan "Stand Up for Education".
Morag Carmichael retired from full-time teaching four years ago but joined today's demonstration:
"We're here because we don't like what the Government is doing. The profession has got worse in a number of ways over my 24 years. The paperwork, workload, and hours are all issues now."
Jackie Pennant's two sons, Rohan, aged nine and seven-year-old Kiyan, were unable to go to their school in Catford.
Some parents were forced to book a day's holiday from work, some relied on the trusted fallback of grandparents of a childminder.
Traffic ground to a halt as thousands of members of the NUT set off along Regent Street.