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Teachers in Scotland offered new pay deal in bid to avoid strike and keep classrooms open

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Teachers have been offered a new pay deal in a bid to avert strike action which is set to take place later this week. Members of the EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland), Scotland's largest teaching union, are currently due to go on strike this Thursday for the first time in decades.

The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) has also set strike dates for December. The new offer represents a 6.85 per cent increase in pay, however it falls short of the 10 per cent demanded by unions.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said it was a "fair offer" as she looked to prevent schools across Scotland closing.

According to the SNP minister a fully qualified teacher would now receive £35,650-a-year, while those at the top end of the scale would get a five per cent rise and earn £44,453.

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