Teachers suspend national strike for 'genuine talks'

A planned one-day walkout by teachers across England has been halted after Education Secretary Michael Gove confirmed he is willing to discuss a basis for "genuine talks".

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT - two of England's biggest teaching unions - had planned the strike before Christmas in a continuing row over pay, pensions and conditions.

The unions said they have now received confirmation that Gove was willing to meet to discuss their key issues and as a result they would be suspending strike action.