Teachers rally against education policies

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT Credit: ITV News

The two main teachers' unions, the NUT and the NAS/UWT have held a rally on Tyneside against Government education policies.

They're protesting at proposed changes to teachers' pay and pensions as well as other educational reforms. NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said that the rally gave an opportunity for the voices of opposition to be raised. She called on Education Secretary Michael Gove to "stop, listen and reflect".

Parents and school governors also addressed the rally at the Centre for Life. It happened on the same day that Michael Gove's policies were given a vote of no confidence by the National Association of Head Teachers.