Teachers strike puts pressure on exams

Teachers strike puts pressure on exams

Tens of thousands of teachers will strike in England today as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Just before the main season of exams kicks off.

Weeks before students are set to take their GCSE and A-level exams, many schools expected to prioritise GCSE and A level pupils as a result.

Teachers are holding their fourth national strike this year, leading to further disruption for children and parents.

Members of the National Education Union (NEU) and another strike is planned for 2 May.

After the last walkouts, the government made a new pay offer for school teachers which was described by the Department for Education as "fair and reasonable".

It also said schools would receive an extra £2.3bn over the next two years.

All four unions involved in the dispute rejected the offer, saying it was still not fully funded meaning schools would have had to make cuts elsewhere to afford it.