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School support staff vote ends ten-month dispute


Derby school support staff have voted overwhelmingly (nine to one) to accept the council’s latest offer, ending a ten-month dispute over pay and working time, says UNISON.

Derby City Council had imposed changes last June that meant staff lost up to £6,000 a year, as their contracts were reduced from 52 to 44.5 weeks. UNISON said their weekly hours were also increased from 32.5 to 37 with no extra pay.

Since the beginning of the dispute, school support staff staged a series of protests culminating in all out industrial action last month.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

School support staff can go into work with their heads held high, knowing that the value of the work they do for children and schools has been recognised.

– Dave Prentis, UNISON



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Maths success for "slipper" school

Children wear slippers in lessons Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

A Derbyshire school which hit the headlines for allowing its children to wear slippers has won praise for its achievements in Maths.

Findern Primary has received a letter from the Department for Education congratulating it on being in the top two per cent of schools in the country for its Maths SATs results.

The school is in the top 2% in the country for KS2 maths results Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

100 per cent of pupils attained the expected or above standard in the tests taken last summer.

In January of this year, the school decided to allow children to wear their slippers in lessons.

Headteacher Emma Titchener introduced the comfy option after finding out about research showing "shoeless learning" can improve behaviour and classwork. Staff will evaluate the success of the scheme in July.

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