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Nottinghamshire secondary school dispute is far from resolution

Governors at the Kimberley School have rejected an offer by the NUT to hold fresh talks about their plans to become an academy Photo: ITV Central

A dispute which has already led to seven days of strike action at a Nottinghamshire secondary school seems as far from resolution as ever.

Governors at the Kimberley School have rejected an offer by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to hold fresh talks about their plans to become an academy in return for suspending further action.

The NUT had proposed extending the consultation process and involving the conciliation service ACAS in a new round of negotiations.

But the governing body has refused, saying there is no middle ground and they remain determined to push ahead with conversion.

The school believes the financial benefit from becoming an academy is too good an opportunity to miss.

Governors fear that further delay could jeopardise their plans to convert in September.

Headteacher Chris Teal also claimed that hostility is growing among parents to the disruption. The NUT has escalated its strike action since 29 May.

Tomorrow, union members at the school will stage their third walkout this week.

They are worried about possible changes to their terms and conditions.

Union officials say the action is part of a wider anti-academy campaign in Nottinghamshire.

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