Page last updated at 22:14 GMT, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 23:14 UK

Talks continue over school strike

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Twenty-five teachers belonging to the NASUWT union are on strike

Talks have been continuing at the Labour Relations Agency to try to end the teaching strike at Movilla High School in Newtownards.

The NASUWT union consulted with teachers, after arbitration talks at the mediation agency on Wednesday.

Union representatives then returned to the LRA for further talks.

Jerry Bartlett, deputy general secretary of the NASUWT, said their members were eager for a solution to the dispute to be found.

Representatives from the union and the South Eastern Education and Library Board were in separate rooms, responding to proposals via a mediator.

Twenty-five teachers at the school have been striking since Monday, 13 October.

The dispute arose over teachers' pay being docked for refusing to teach a pupil whom they claim assaulted one of them.

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