Thousands of students and teachers came together, outside the classroom, in protest against education cuts and reforms in Spain.
Instead they took to the streets mainly gathering in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. The strike action affected all levels of education from nursery to university.
Unions claim up to 70 per cent of Spanish teachers took part in the national strike. Organisers of the protest, The Platform for the Defence of Public Schools, are concerned cuts to scholarships are running down the state school system and creating elitism within higher education.