Schools in England look set for further disruption over the coming weeks after talks to avert planned strike action by teachers ended in failure, with no new offer on the table.

Union leaders met the education secretary, Gillian Keegan, on Wednesday morning, the latest of a series of meetings. Though they remarked on a new urgency about the talks, there was still no progress on pay.

As things stand, further strike action by members of the National Education Union (NEU) planned for later this month and into March looks inevitable, one leader said. There are also warnings of a potential escalation, with other unions now considering next steps.

More talks are expected to follow, and the NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney said his members would not back down.

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