Further teacher strikes are set for later this month after members of the National Education Union (NEU) rejected the Government’s “insulting” pay offer.

The overwhelming majority of teachers voted to rip up the latest pay offer in a consultative ballot, with 98 per cent of NEU members in England rejecting the offer on a turnout of 66 per cent.

It means further teacher walkouts are set for 27 April and 2 May, when hundreds of thousands of NEU members will head to the picket lines.

Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, joint general secretaries of the NEU said: “This resounding rejection of the Government’s offer should leave Gillian Keegan in no doubt that she will need to come back to the negotiating table with a much better proposal.”

They had previously described Ms Keegan’s latest pay offer, which would see teachers handed a one-off payment of £1,000 this year and a 4.3 per cent pay rise next year, as “insulting”.

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