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Teachers are due to walk out on Wednesday in the first national strike in more than six years. As schools and the government prepare, here’s what you need to know about developments this week.

Since the vote to strike, around 32,000 people have joined the National Education Union – and the vast majority are teachers.

Strike rules mean anyone who is an NEU member by the time of the action can go on strike. As can school staff who do not belong to a union.

However staff in unions that failed in strike votes cannot join industrial action.

The NEU said the growth in members “should worry the government. Our argument is cutting through”.

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