he biggest teachers strike in years is to go ahead after talks between the education secretary and a teaching union failed.
Last-minute talks were held by Gillian Keegan on Monday in a bid to resolve a pay dispute with teachers ahead of a planned strike on Wednesday.
Members of the National Education Union (NEU) in England and Wales will now walk out on Wednesday, with more industrial action planned in the following weeks. Following the meeting, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “It was good of the Secretary of State to make time to meet with us today. However, the meeting was unproductive.
“This was unsurprising as the Secretary of State was unable to make any offer on the eve of industrial action.
“That being said, there is an agreement that further talks will take place and we continue to hope a resolution can be found.”