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Mixed views on striking teachers

On Facebook, Jane Caithness Turner says:

"I agree with them. they should voice their anger, as we all should... If we all work until 68 there will not be any jobs for youth... Teachers work harder than MPs, time for fairness."

On Facebook, Antonio Barbaro says:

"A strike is always a last resort and for a profession as dedicated as teachers to come out on strike takes a lot. Backing them 100%. Good luck to them."


Teachers' strike

Teachers on the picket line at Charles Thorp Comprehensive School, Ryton, in a row over pensions, pay and working conditions. They say this is a 'reluctant' strike but that they have been left with little choice.

Campaigners on the picket line Credit: ITV
'Gove Must Go' posters Credit: ITV
Campaigners in Ryton Credit: ITV
'We Won't Wait 'Til 68' posters are held up on the picket line Credit: ITV

Will your child's school be open during day of strikes?

Thousands of children will be off school tomorrow (October 17) as teachers take to the picket lines.

Two of the country's main teaching unions will march in cities across the UK, including Durham.

Some schools will be forced to close if too many teachers are on strike.

Details of which schools will be closed can be found in the links below:


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Teachers to stage two days of walkouts in October

Teachers will stage two days of walkouts in October in a row over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers are set for a national strike before Christmas. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Two teaching unions have announced that their members in eight areas of England will strike in October with thousands of pupils set to be affected.

Unions NUT and NASUWT said members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region will take part in a walkout on October 1.

Those in the North East, London, the South East and the South West will strike on October 17.

A national strike is likely to follow and take place before Christmas.

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'Relentless attack on teachers is damaging morale'

The two largest teachers' unions, who have announced they will go on strike before Christmas, have criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove for his "relentless attack" on the profession.

The Secretary of State needs to take seriously the very deep concerns and anger of teachers and school leaders.The relentless attack on the teaching profession is damaging the morale of teachers and undermining the education of pupils.

The Secretary of State has the opportunity to avoid further national strike action by demonstrating that he is willing to engage seriously on the issues that we have put to him.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

Michael Gove is well aware that under his time as Education Secretary, teacher morale has plummeted. Teachers are angry at the Government’s continual undermining of their pay, pensions and working conditions.

Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and they are very well aware of the difficulties that this causes for parents and pupils. Teachers, however, have been left with no option. If we do not take a stand now to defend the profession, then the consequences for teacher recruitment and education will be disastrous for all.

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT
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