All county nurseries, primary and secondary schools will close tomorrow after teachers rejected a new pay offer, East Lothian Council has confirmed.

County teachers will take part in the nationwide industrial action after the EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) union rejected the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: "All of our nurseries, primary and secondary schools will be closed on Thursday, November 24 due to the confirmed national strike action by EIS and AHDS (Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland).

"Schools have shared information with their communities in advance to ensure that all learners and families are aware.

"School lets – such as breakfast, after school and sports clubs who use buildings – can continue as our facilities teams are not involved in this action.

"Families should check with the provider directly."

Cosla had presented teachers across Scotland with an improved offer of up to 6.85 per cent, but this was described by unions as "insulting", and well below their 10 percent demand.

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, the education secretary, had urged unions to consider the the new offer and postpone industrial action but EIS rejected this notion with general secretary Andrea Bradley stating the offer was "nothing less than an abject insult to Scotland's hard-working teaching professionals".

EIS, which represents the majority of teachers in the county, will now walk out on Thursday resulting in the closure of all publicly run schools and nurseries in East Lothian.

She added: "Teachers overwhelmingly rejected a five per cent offer more than three months ago and now, after months of prevarication and weeks of empty promises, Cosla and the Scottish Government come back with an offer that is worth that same five per cent to the vast majority of teachers.

"This is not, as the Scottish Government claims, a progressive offer - it is a divisive offer, made on a differentiated basis, which is actually worse for many teachers in promoted posts."

Teaching unions had been asking for a 10 per cent rise in wages but this has been described by the Scottish Government as "simply unaffordable".

The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) has also announced planned strike action for its members on December 7 and 8 while a third union (NASUWT) has voted to walk out on these same dates, but it remains unknown if these will force school closures in East Lothian.