Pupils at schools in East Renfrewshire face further disruption next week as teachers stage another walkout in a continuing dispute over pay.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) union began 16 days of rolling strike action on Monday, with teachers in two of Scotland’s 32 council areas walking out each day until February 6.

In East Renfrewshire, staff will down tools on Tuesday, January 24.

All primaries, secondaries and Isobel Mair School will be closed due to this strike action.

Nursery classes and family centres will remain open, but may be subject to limited opening hours.

It follows hot on the heels of industrial action that saw pupils across the local area miss lessons last week.

All primary schools, as well as the Isobel Mair School, in Newton Mearns, which caters for youngsters with additional support needs, were closed on January 10, with a limited service in nursery classes and family centres. Secondary schools were closed the following day.

The latest strike is going ahead after talks on Thursday involving the Scottish Government, council leaders and teaching unions failed to resolve the issue.

Unions have rejected a pay offer which would see most teachers receive a 5% wage rise, although the lowest earners would get an increase of 6.85%.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has insisted the 10% teachers are demanding is unaffordable.

The EIS has also announced a further 22 days of strike action will begin at the end of February as the dispute escalates.

Andrea Bradley, the union’s general secretary, said there is “growing frustration” from teachers as talks have failed to result in an improved pay offer.

She added: “This is not action that they should be having to take, it’s simply to achieve a fair pay settlement.”

Ms Somerville said strikes by teachers are “in no-one’s interest”.

“It is disappointing that the EIS has proceeded to escalate industrial action,” she added. “We are continuing to urge teaching unions to reconsider their plans while talks are ongoing.

“Recent discussions have been constructive. There has been a shared understanding that talks have been focused on discussing potential areas for compromise, not on tabling a new offer at this stage.

“To date we have made four offers, all of which have been rejected, but we remain absolutely committed to reaching an agreement on a pay deal that is fair and sustainable for all concerned.”