Striking teachers take part in mass march in Bristol

Thousands of teachers from across the South West have marched through Bristol City Centre in protest at what they say is the underfunding of our education system.

The NUT, which organised the demonstration, are particularly angry at the Government's backing for academies which they feel is putting money in business rather than furthering children's education.

Teachers are on strike and, while parents may be disrupted because their children have to stay off school, the union says the future of children's education is more important.

Here are some of the images from today's march in Bristol

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This chap clearly has a big reason to demonstrate Credit: ITV News

Schools minister Nick Gibb has revealed that "seven out of eight schools are refusing to close" despite the teachers' strike.