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Teachers and parents to hold school terms protest

A protest will be held over plans to introduce a 5-term year to Nottingham schools. Photo: ITV Central

Teachers and parents in Nottingham will hold a protest today, against the City Council's plans to introduce a five-term academic year.

Nottingham currently has the three-term school year in place. Under the proposals, the five terms would be approximately the same length, split up by two-week holidays. The summer holiday, however, would be cut from six weeks to four. If the plans are given the go ahead, the changes would come into force from next year.

The City Council says children "fall out of the habit of learning over the long summer break" and so breaking up the terms and giving a shorter summer holiday would lead to a "greater chance" of pupils remembering what they have been taught, when they then return in the Autumn.

Critics, however, say there is "no educational benefit" to the plans.

Carol O'Connor, secretary of Nottingham City NASUWT said 'The 5 term year would cause chaos for parents, teachers and pupils."

The consultation between the teaching unions and the city council will continue until this Friday (May 18th).

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