1. ITV Report

Striking teachers demonstrate in Plymouth

A demonstration by striking teachers in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

Striking teachers have been demonstrating in Plymouth against in protest at what they say is the underfunding of our education system.

The NUT is particularly angry at the Government's backing for academies which it feels is putting money in business rather than furthering children's education.

Flying the flag for the future of education Credit: ITV News

English teacher Tom Briars says it is important to attract people into the profession but it doesn't seem to be very attractive at the moment.

This isn't about us as workers. This isn't about our salaries. This is about the future of education and teachers trying to stand up for what is best for your children.

The future of this country requires talented graduates to want to come into this profession. It requires experienced teachers to want to stay and at the moment that's just getting worse.

– Tom Briars, English teacher

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

The industrial action by the NUT is pointless but it is far from inconsequential - it disrupts children's education, it inconveniences parents and it damages the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public.

But because of the dedication of the vast majority of teachers and head teachers, our analysis shows that seven out of eight schools are refusing to close.

– Schools minister Nick Gibb MP