Two days of talks have just broken up between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Nottingham City Council at the conciliation service Acas.It comes after the council offered to consider other holiday patterns. In a joint statement, the two sides said they have agreed to a further meeting involving all the teaching unions "to look at alternative models of terms and holidays. The outcome of these discussions will then be considered by Executive Councillors".
The council wanted to introduce a five-term year from September 2013. There would also be a shorter summer holiday which the authority claimed would prevent pupils' "learning loss". The NUT has argued that the changes would cause chaos, leaving Nottingham out of step with neighbouring areas. The union has already staged three one-day strikes over the issue, but agreed to suspend further action so talks could take place.
Cllr David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services: “I am pleased that progress has been made in our aim to best meet the needs of our City children in the way our terms and holidays are arranged.”
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers: “I am pleased that the NUT has reached agreement which provides for all options to be considered, to form part of constructive negotiations which will now involve all unions representing school staff.”
Jim Kerr, Senior Conciliator from Acas: “This is a complex and challenging issue and we are grateful to the parties for their commitment and constructive efforts in the talks. This has enabled an agreed way forward which Acas is happy to continue to support.”