North East teachers strike as part of national row

Thousands of pupils missed school today, because their teachers went on strike. 280 schools were closed, as members of the National Union of Teachers walked out in a row over their workload, and funding cuts.

The Government says industrial action is harmful to education. But many parents took their children along, to support rallies across the region.

Striking teachers like Nick Jones say that education funding has been ripped away from the education sector.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan criticized the strikes saying that the government has protected the overall schools budget.