Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan said today that she wants to see "some movement" from teachers' unions during talks aimed at averting more strike action.
Department officials will meet the ASTI and TUI today in an effort to resolve the row over Junior Cert reform.
She says she is "moved" on the issue of teachers marking their own students' papers - but unions say there is still some distance between both sides.
Minister O'Sullivan says the threat of strike action needs to be withdrawn.
"These things have to be hammered out sitting down at the table together, they're not going to be hammered out on a strike day in a school, so I would encourage first of all that there shouldn't be any more strikes and that we need to reach agreement on this issue," she said.
"I do need to see some movement, so that we can engage."