Teachers threaten further walk-outs as weekly talks continue

As the weekly meetings continue between DfE officials and the education unions, Michael Gove writes to the general secretaries outlining three areas in which he is willing to take forward their suggestions. However, with his policies remaining firmly off

After six weeks of meetings between the education unions and the Department for Education (DfE), the education secretary has set out the areas in which he will allow his officials to “take forward” suggestions.

However, the letter, which was sent to the general secretaries of the seven unions involved in the weekly talks, agrees to joint work on just three areas.

Furthermore, with the direction of government policy having been firmly off the table since the talks began in February, these three areas only relate to the implementation of existing policy.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) cited Mr Gove’s letter as justification for its strike action last Wednesday, March 26, and warned that unless there was “movement” summer strike action was likely.

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