A total of 40 schools in Northamptonshire were closed on Tuesday with hundreds more only partially open due to industrial action taken by the two biggest teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT.
A rally held at the Park Inn in Northampton was attended by a group of more than 100 union members who talked about their reasons for the strike and possible future action if the Government does not begin a dialogue with them.
Gordon White, county secretary for the NUT, said the strike was “not just about pay and pensions” but was also about protecting teachers’ working conditions
He said: “What is significant about striking is momentum. Once you start a course of action it’s no use waiting for a year.
“We need to show the Government that we mean business.
“At the moment the national union joint strategy is to have this rolling strike action around the country.
“We’re trying to increase the pressure on Michael Gove to come to the table. If we don’t do anything he is going to do what he wants, if we do take strike action then there’s a chance we can make them take a step back.”
National Government figures show qualified teachers working outside London earn between £21,804 and £57,520 with headteachers earning up to £106,148.
One teacher from a school in Northampton, who did not want to be named, said he was worried about the future of education following the major changes to exams by the Government.
He said: “None of us teachers want to be out on strike and make pupils miss a day of school as the reason we got into teaching is that we care about the education of children
“I would love Michael Gove to come in a classroom as I don’t believe he knows how education works. We all work from 8am until 5pm and do work at the weekends.”
However, some parents on the Chronicle & Echo Fcebook page said they do not agree with the teachers’ strike.
Paul Habgood said: “The reality of the situation is it impacts the parents first and foremost, they have few choices here - as it is, parents need to use up their holiday allocation to cover holidays or pay exorbitant child care fees just so they can go to work to earn money to pay for basics, let alone more child care or unpaid time away from work to cover teachers strikes because they are not happy with their lot.”