Teachers' unions and the government are holding "intensive" talks to try to end a dispute over pay in England.

The National Education Union said it would not announce any further strike dates for the next two weeks, while the talks are ongoing.

The most recent strike was on Thursday, which disrupted more than half of England's schools.

The Department for Education said the talks would focus on teacher pay, conditions and workload reduction.

"In order for talks to begin and, we hope, reach a successful conclusion, the NEU has confirmed it will create a period of calm for two weeks during which time they have said no further strike dates will be announced," a statement said.

Four teachers' unions - the Association of School and College Leaders, National Association of Head Teachers, NASUWT and the NEU - are all involved in the talks with the Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan.

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