Teachers in England and Wales are drowning under an accountability regime so punitive that it is driving them out of the profession in their thousands. According to one authoratative poll, 53% are thinking of leaving in the next two years.

The regime takes the form of punitive inspections, which can lead to the sacking of the headteacher and even the closure of schools. The pressure is passed down to the  teachers who are subject to constant checks on the mountains of data they have to produce, on their marking, which has to be done according to the latest directive and on their teaching - again to a template. If they are found wanting they are liable to be put on a fast track to the sack.

As a union activist I am always meeting teachers at the end of their tethers. This story is typical of the ones I hear. In this case the teacher, who describes himself as 'passionate about teaching and the learning process' is finally driven out by a series of observations, in which, no matter how hard he tries to teach in the way he is told to, he is always found wanting.

The good news is however that more and more teachers are getting together in schools and saying enough is enough. The latest example is the John Roan High School in London. They are on strike tomorrow and this is why, according to their statement:

We are fighting to win – not just for a policy on observations, workload and marking that means we can do our job without excessive stress, but for something more.

We are fighting for respect, we are fighting for the next generation of teachers who should be able to stay in the classroom for more than three years without giving up due to stress and exhaustion.

We are fighting for our students who would like to see the same teachers last longer than a few terms. We are fighting for our school, a great school that is loved by teachers, students and parents because we are community.

The continuous denigration and bullying of teachers is not restricted to England and Wales. It is global, but so is the resistance. Check the Performance Pay link on this site and you will see stories from Mexico to Kenya to Greece about teachers saying, 'Enough is enough!' The John Roan school is the latest UK example. Only we have the power to stop the destruction of public education in its tracks - if we are prepared to stand together and defend our profession, our schools and the children we teach.