Rallies have been held by teaching unions in the north west over the weekend ahead of planned strike action over government school reforms. This is from the BBC…
The first in a series of events planned across the country took place in Liverpool and Manchester earlier.
The NASUWT teachers’ union and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said a one-day strike is planned in north-west England on 27 June.
The government said parents back its curriculum and pay reforms.
More than 1,000 parents, teachers and school governors attended the first Rallies for Education at Manchester’s Midland Hotel and Liverpool’s Holiday Inn.
Julie Reid, a teacher attending the Manchester event, said schools should not be turned into academies to “make a profit”.
She added: “I’m here today to try to stop the attack on teachers’ pay and conditions.
“Deregulation will take away children’s rights to have a qualified teacher in the classroom.”
Further events will be held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Leeds in the coming weeks.
Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said: “If the government doesn’t listen to the fact that we have got serious issues to be addressed we may have to move to strike action, but no teacher wants that.
“Morale is the lowest I’ve known it for a long period of time.”
The NUT says parents’ distrust political interference in schools and the rallies aim to persuade the education secretary to “change course”.