Welsh teachers warned today they could strike if they are not consulted over plans to reform numeracy and literacy learning.
Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has laid out plans for improved standards that include compulsory reading tests for 7 to 14-years-olds.
The Labour minister's proposals come after Welsh children's grasp of basic numeracy and literacy was shown to be lagging behind most European countries.
NUT Wales secretary David Evans said the union supported improvements in standards but wanted to discuss the implications for teachers with the minister.
If the union was frozen out 13,000 teachers would consider strikes, he said.
But the Welsh government said: "Parents and good teachers are impatient for change."
Plaid Cymru education spokesman Simon Thomas said the government "must not bully them into doing this."
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