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As the final day of National Education Union strike action ends, education secretary Gillian Keegan has been told that she has “no further excuse to delay talks”.

The Department for Education (DfE) has been refusing to enter intensive negotiations with unions over teachers’ pay while the NEU is taking strike action.

However, the two national walk-outs on Wednesday and Thursday this week were the final ones in the current series of planned action.

In a joint statement, NEU general secretaries Kevin Courtney and Dr Mary Bousted said: “From Thursday night, Gillian Keegan will have no further excuse to delay talks, since we currently have no further strike dates identified. We hope that this opportunity is not squandered and this dispute can be resolved.”

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