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Last Updated: Thursday May 08 2008 11:42 GMT

Teachers' strike: what are you doing?

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More than 6,000 schools in England and Wales are set to be hit by the teachers' strike on Thursday.

So we wondered what you'll be doing...

If your school's shut, are you going to work with your mum or dad or are they taking a day off to look after you?

Perhaps you're going to spend the day with friends or relatives? Or maybe join a protest some where?

If you're in Scotland or Northern Ireland, what do you think of the strike? Do you think it's right to disrupt schooling to protest over pay?

Maybe your teacher is going on strike but you've still got to go to school?

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Your comments

"I think teachers should be allowed to strike because they should get more money. If it wasn't for the teachers then no kids in the world would have an education."

Loren, 10, Warwickshire, England

"It is not fair, we have never had a strike in my life."

Fatima, 9, Birmingham, England

"I don't agree with the strike. If the teachers get more money then the fire brigade, police and nurses will all strike for more money... what happens if there's a fire, crime or an accident on that day?"

Anna, 11, Kent, England

"I agree that teachers should have the right to strike but their timing is really bad. We have an important test coming up and the teachers should be helping us study. They're putting their money before our education!!!!!!"

Charlotte, 11, Derbyshire, England

"I went to town, got my haircut and bought myself some really nice things :D"

Anisa, 12, Nottinghamshire, England

"I think it's stupid for teachers to strike, they get quite a lot all ready!"

Floz, 10, Norwich, England

"I enjoyed myself. I spent my day shopping. I saw so many of my friends spending their time shopping and having a good break!"

Candy, 13, Middlesex, England

"I had to spend the whole day with my dad at work, it was sooooooooooo boring. I would have much rather been at school with my friends."

Daniel, 11, Nottingham, England

"My school didn't have a strike because I live in Ireland!!"

Aisling, 10, Galway, Ireland

"We had a teacher strike here in the US last year. It was fun because we had no school for a week, but bad because we didn't learn anything. Our teachers got the money though. Hope your teachers get it too."

Hayley, 11, San Francisco, USA

"I'm glad we had the day off. I have loads of homework, so today was a great day to catch up on it."

Jessica, 12, Manchester, England

"I'm bored because most of my friends don't have a strike."

Amy, 7, London, England

"I really hated today because I had to go to school."

Ellis, 11, Essex, England

"I went to school because our school is private."

Marcus, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I don't think teachers should go on strike as it disrupts thousands of peoples' education. It can cause parents to get fired because they have to stay off work to look after their children!"

Robyn, 13, Almunecar, Spain

"I don't think it's fair that when teachers refuse to go to school it's called a strike, but when children do it it's called playing truant or skiving."

Freya, 11, Wiltshire, England

"I was stuck at home doing my homework and also cleaning my bedroom."

Thomas, 12, Oxford, England

"Teachers shouldn't get paid more; nurses get underpaid but they can't just go on strike."

Bethany, 12, Kent, England

"Relaxing and shopping!!! WOO!"

Amy, 12, Oxfordshire, England

"I have been revising all day as we are in the middle of our exams - I am furious."

Jessica, 12, Derbyshire, England

"I'm going to my cousin's house and staying all DAY!"

Sunni, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I'm staying in bed all day!."

Jake, 12, Derbyshire, England

"I am appalled! I get the day off but have to do schoolwork."

Hayden, 13, West Sussex, England

"Woohoo!! I have the day off today and I've gone for a haircut and shopping. I also have an appointment at the opticians."

Carla, 12, Newcastle, England

"I don't think it is fair, we should be learning."

Jessica, 8, Merseyside, England

"I'm just gonna sit back and enjoy the day. I think we go to school too often! I might go out with my friends as well!"

Ivana, 11, Manchester, England

"I think it's OK but kids are missing their learning time... but the teachers do need a day off."

Amy, 9, Sheffield, England

"Yes, my school is on strike today so I get a day off. My little cousins still have to go in today."

Chloe, 11, Clwyd, Wales

"I'm taking the opportunity to get all my homework done. I am then going to visit my granddad and my new baby cousin."

Catherine, 11, Cheshire, Wales

"I'm really sad that I can't go to school today, so I will help my gran clean my shoes."

Charlie, 8, Brighton, England

"I think it's not fair. My brother's class is in school and my class is NOT in school."

Tyler, 10, Norfolk, England

"I am sitting at home playing on the computer. My brothers have to go to school. Ha ha ha."

Zainab, 13, Lancashire, England

"I'm not doing anything because it is raining where I am! I want to go back to school and it's bad that the teachers don't get that much money."

Samuel, 11, Birmingham, England

"My school is off today but they're making us do work at home... I think that's unfair."

Kitty, 8, Buckinghamshire, England

"I'm going to a theme park because I begged my dad to take me."

Samantha, 10, London, England

"I have to be at school all day! Some of my friends have the whole day off! It's quite cool though because there are only six of us for our drama lesson."

Emily, 12, Staffordshire, England

"I think that it's pointless having the strike today. Why don't they have it tomorrow, seeing as it'll be Friday?"

Nerys, 13, West Glamorgan, Wales

"I think the strike is a very good idea because teachers should get paid more for what they do. I think the government should imagine life without teachers and be grateful for what they do."

Rebecca, 11, Hampshire, England

"I am reading Newsround on the web and surfing the web. I think it is great, but my sis is in school :("

Charlotte, 12, Liverpool, England

"Only three classes in my school have the day off. I'm in one of them but my friend is in another class and has to go to school. I do agree with the striking, as teachers should be getting paid more."

Leah, 11, Scarborough, England

"I'm just going to be at home doing nothing. I am sad that I will not be able to socialise with my friends at school."

Sulaimaan, 9, London, England

"I'm sitting at home listening to music and relaxing! Me and my brother get the day off but my sister has to go into school!"

Bethany, 12, Bradford, England

"I am watching TV today because my teacher is on strike. I think that it's not fair for some children who have to go to school when their brother or sister is having a day off."

Osian, 8, West Glamorgan, Wales

"I am currently at home and I will practise my guitar for my exam that is coming up. I am very pleased that whilst campaigning for rights we get a bonus too!"

Claire, 11, Sheffield, England

"I think it's a good idea for the teachers because they do a lot for us and they deserve more money. It's also a good idea because we can catch up on our sleep."

Charlotte, 11, London, England

"I think it's a good idea because I can go out and play with my friends."

Lily, 9, London, England

"The teachers at my school aren't going on strike, so I still have to go to school. I think that is a good thing though, because education is very important and I don't think teachers should go on strike about money if it going to disrupt our education."

Olivia, 10, Harrogate, England

"I'm relaxing - all day!!! I'm also glad we are missing school because we have PE today, and the teacher is horrible!"

Lucienne, 10, Oxford, England

"I have today off but I think teachers get paid enough already. My mum had to give up a day of work to look after me!!!!"

Katie, 11, Letchworth, England

"I don't have school today because of the strike but I think it's fair. Teachers are really underpaid for their work and now I hope they get a pay rise. My mum is a teacher and she's part of the NUT so today she's also on strike."

Zainab, 13, Middlesex, England

"I think that it is a bad idea for teachers to strike because it is letting down the children."

Rachel, 9, London, England

"My mum is making me do workbooks so I don't escape the work."

Samuel, 10, Oxfordshire, England

"I think teachers should get paid more! I am not just saying they need to go on a march so we don't have school, but they need to stand up for their rights!"

Howra, 12, Middlesex, England

"I'm not off school because I go to a Welsh school, it's so unfair."

Anwen, 11, Burry Port, Wales

"My school will not let Year 7's have the day off 'because we are too young to be home alone' and the other years all have homework. I'll be in school with normal lessons and supervised lunch activities! Boring!"

Lydia, 12, Norwich, England

"I don't know what I'm doing but I think teachers should get a pay rise because they spend so much time teaching children, they are badly treated and I feel quite sorry for them."

Jordan, 12, Portsmouth, England

"I will be helping my mum clean the house and might go out with my mates."

Charlie, 13, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think this is good because you can meet up with your friends and just chill out instead of going to boring old school."

Demi, 12, London, England

"My teachers aren't going on strike, but I don't mind because we've just had our holidays, and it's a bit stupid to be going off again for a day so early."

Rachael, 12, Sussex, England

"I am going to have a really good time at my friend's house, and I hope the teachers will have a great time too, because they have to put up with children who are really bad."

Karina, 11, London, England

"My mum is a teacher, but she isn't making such a big fuss about it."

George, 10, London, England

"It's quite good that the teachers stood up for their own rights, and we get a day off school. COOL!!!"

Molly, 9, Manchester, England

"It's not fair that teachers are going on strike. If teachers don't have to go to school then why should we?"

Lizzie, 12, London, England

"I'm off school and my brother isn't. We attend the same school. People think it's confusing but I think it's great."

Jenna, 11, Gateshead, England

"My school is staying open and we're one of the few primary schools doing that in our area. I think teachers are paid enough, they get more than most nurses, some people get way less than them in wages, so they should stop moaning!"

Jaz, 11, Brighton, England

"I'm off school and I'm having a sleepover and going bowling!"

Esme, 12, Gloucestershire, England

"Four classes in my school get the day off, so some of my friends do, and I don't! They miss a maths test we have to do, I don't see why they couldn't just close the whole school."

Joshua, 11, Birmingham, England

"I think that the teachers should have a say about how much they get paid but they shouldn't strike so near to SATs."

Rachel, 11, Swindon, England

"On the day of the strike my mum wants me to go out to a museum, and I just want to play with my friends."

Jaydon, 12, Derbyshire, England

"We are off school tomorrow, but we have been given homework to keep us busy anyway."

Nancy, 12, North Yorkshire, England

"I'm staying at home doing nothing, just being bored and watching TV. If I was at school I would be learning a lot more, and having fun playing football with my mates."

Kurt, 11, London, England

"I don't really care about the strike because my school is open!!!"

Chloe, 12, Kent, England

"My sister's school is going on strike and mine isn't but I think that's OK as I have SATs coming up and I need to revise at school."

Ellie, 10, East Yorkshire, England

"I'm happy there is a strike because I can relax at home and watch TV all day."

Sonia, 9, London, England

"I'm going to watch the film Titanic because it's a long film and will take up most of my day and give my mum a bit of peace."

Austin, 10, England

"I think that Scotland is lucky to stay at school because people are forgetting that the main thing is education, not money."

Declan, 10, Scotland

"The teachers at my school are on strike tomorrow and so the school has shut down. I think this is really good because otherwise the teachers won't get the attention they need to get the government to pay them more money."

Cee, 12, England

"I think this is stupid, I really want to go to school tomorrow! I think the government should just give the teachers what they want."

Danielle, 11, Manchester, England

"My school is not closed except for Year 2, I am in Year 6. I think it is pretty logical for this to happen as teachers have been underpaid for years on end."

Idar, 11, London, England

"My school is closing so I am going round to my friend's house and we are having a movie marathon!"

Suzanna, 12, Epsom, England

"Our school is open but many of the teachers are on strike. This affects me and my friends in year 11 as we are taking our GCSEs this year and I need all the help I can get!"

Tamzin, 15, Kettering, England

"I am happy because I don't have to go to school. I get a lay-in and I get to go to the farm with my friends!"

Ellyse, 7, London, England

"I agree that the teachers should be going on strike as the wages they are being offered are ridiculous. It is an insult to their jobs giving them stupidly low wages. If they don't get what they want I think they have every right to strike. It's ridiculous. Offer them some real money."

Alex, 13, Sheffield, England

"I am staying at home whilst my sister goes to school because her teacher isn't on strike. While my sister is at school I might help people at my dad's work."

Eden, 7, Ipswich, England

"I go to a secondary school where not all the teachers are going on strike. We were told today that the children that are going to do exams soon have to stay but the others get to have the day off. I have to go to school but it's not going to be a normal day so it's not all bad. I would like teachers to get paid more."

Lily, 12, Bicester, England

"I think it's ridiculous that they're striking! Loads of people get paid less than teachers do and they don't strike! It's horrible because some kids are missing out on a day's worth of education that may really help them. I guess it's more annoying for people doing their SATs and GCSEs because they have exams to study for so they might be missing out on a lesson that could affect their grades¿"

Annayah, 13, Wiltshire, England

"I think they should strike because they are treated unfairly. They are not paid enough."

Cameron, 9, England

"On Thursday I'm going to revise for my SATs because it is only in a week and six days so I think school should still go on."

Vinesh, 14, Wolverhampton, England

"There's loads of teachers striking at our school but we still have to go in!"

Hallie, 12, Harrogate, England

"Seven classes in my school won't be in because of the strike. I have to go to school but my younger brother doesn't. At least I'm not missing a swimming day like the other Year 5 class!"

Lauren, 10, Wales

"I don't really care because my teacher is on strike and all my friends have to go to school. Me and my mum are going swimming instead. Wicked!"

Eve, 9, Coventry, England

"We're going to go to a science museum so that we still learn!"

Kaine, 9, Swansea, Wales

"Some of my teachers at school are part of the strike and because of this the school is shutting but the Year 11s, 12s and 13s have to go in because they have big test exams coming up. I'm in Year Nine but a few friends of mine are going to school in the afternoon to do some important maths revision for our SATs in two weeks' time."

Danielle, 14, England

"Our school is shut on Thursday and I am so happy. I am really looking forward to having another day off just after the holidays!"

Molly, 10, Northumberland, England

"My class is closing but the rest of the school isn't! I'm going to my auntie's house to play with my baby cousin tomorrow."

Sophie, 9, Essex, England

"I'm upset because my teacher isn't part of the NUT and I don't get a day off but my little sister does. It is not fair!"

Fleur, 10, Ipswich, England

"My school's shut tomorrow so I get a day off. I miss yet another one of my violin lessons (which I have to pay for) but on the upside, I am going swimming."

Hayley, 11, England

"I think it's selfish of the teachers to go on strike when so many year 11s and sixth formers are coming up to big exams but I don't mind because we're getting a day off :-) I'm probably going to go shopping."

Anna, 14, London, England

"I am disappointed that my little brother gets a day off and I don't BUT it's good in a way because I'm in Year Six and I'm preparing for the BIG SATS TESTS!"

Tilly, 10, Colchester, England

"I have to go to work with by mum or she will have to stay home with me. I think teachers should get paid more because they have to look after up to 30 children which could be really difficult."

Ronay, 12, England

"I obviously think it's good that I get a day off school, but I think going on strike for just one day will not help the problem at all. My sister is about to take her A-Levels and the teachers have gone on strike just as she is preparing for the exams. This will have an effect on all those taking exams which is definitely not on. I will be meeting up with some friends and having a good time!"

Hannah, 13, Emsworth, England

"My school is going on strike because there won't be enough teachers. I will be staying at home or going to my next door neighbours."

Kerry, 12, Penryn, England

"I think it's really unfair since the younger classes get a day off, but we still have to go to school!"

David, 11, Plymouth, England

"My school is going on strike. I think it's good because I don't think that they get paid enough. I go to a comprehensive so I think that they do need more money. They do a good job and they aren't getting paid for what they do."

Laura, 13, Amersham, England

"I'm not going to school tomorrow because mine is closed. My mum and dad are at work so I will be round my friend's house all day. I think it is better like this so I can hang out with my mates."

Matteo, 12, Epsom, England

"Our teachers aren't going on strike!"

Anna, 11, Reading, England

"I'm going into town with my mate Ethan to help him find a birthday present."

Bradley, 13, Hull, England

"My maths teacher is going on strike because she doesn't get paid enough money, and so is my English teacher!!"

Laura, 12, Essex, England

"Even though lots of our teachers are going to be on strike, we still have to go to school!"

Claire, 14, Wiltshire, England

"I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'm just so glad that we haven't got school!"

Danielle, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"My big brother is looking after me, and my best friend is coming round for the day. We are going to call on my other friend, go to the park and eat sweets!"

Katherine, 11, Lutterworth, England

"My teacher is off, but my brother John is going to school because his teacher isn't part of the NUT. He's really upset"

Grace, 9, Gillingham, England

"I'm staying home because my brother's old enough to look after me. We both go to the same school while our parents are still at work."

Matty, 12, Swindon, England

"Only some teachers are on strike so Years 9 and 11 have to go in for revision! I have to have a day of English, maths and science!!"

Scarlett, 13, Kent, England

"My teachers aren't having a strike, it's unfair!"

Jenny, 11, Wallingford, England

"I'm glad they're on strike. They don't get the money or respect they deserve. They spend all day teaching rude and arrogant students. Tomorrow I'm going to a fair, so I'm glad they're striking. Hopefully the Government will listen this time!"

Shelby, 14, Dagenham, England

"My teachers are on strike so we are not going to school. My mum is taking the day off to look after me, my brother, my friend and my brother's friend."

Katherine, 10, Seaford, England

"My school isn't being closed because of the strikes, which is really annoying! My friends in the nearby school have got the day off and they're camping outside."

Mi, 13, Lincoln, England

"All kids should stay at home for a week."

Charlie, 11, Northampton, England

"When our teachers are on strike I have to go my Nan's house and it's boring."

Fern, 9, Crawley, England

"Woo! A free day of school! Not sure how many of our teachers are striking, but we're glad it's tomorrow and not next week as we have our French GCSE!"

Becky, 14, East Grinstead, England