Teachers across the
The walkout hit more than 2,700 schools today, Thursday. It's the first in a series of planned strikes by the NUT and NASUWT unions.
Sue Bannister is an NUT member in
"My son's going into teaching. His course will cost £27,000 not to mention loans he'll need to live on.
"And all for something Gove says we don't care about."
Strikers report widespread support from parents and other workers on their picket lines.
Mark Bell also teaches in
"Parents value teachers. People are really behind the strike in my school. There's a real determination to stand up."
Messages of support have flooded in. In
And the PCS union has organised lunchtime protests today in solidarity with the strike.
Workers have won international backing too. Teachers in
NASUWT member Andrew McBurney said he wants to see "sustained action so the government starts listening".
"It’s not enough to keep your head down and get on with it," he said. "I've not had a pay rise for three years and the cost of living keeps going up. Something’s got to change."
Teachers are rallying in Liverpool,
In reality millions of ordinary people are suffering under the Tories and want to see them stopped. We need more action like today's teachers' strike so that we can beat them.
As Sue put it, "We should be going in the direction of a general strike. Look at