Decision Over Changes To School Terms

Teachers in Nottingham strike about proposals to split the school year into five terms.

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Changes to school year approved

by Peter Bearne
Councillors in Nottinghamshire have approved changes to the school year. Credit: ITV Central

Councillors in Nottinghamshire have approved changes to the school year. There will still be three terms but there will be a fixed two-week break at the end of the Spring term.

The Children and Young People's Committee on the county council voted in the new holiday pattern this morning.

Nottinghamshire will be out of step with neighbouring counties and will be operating totally different term times to Nottingham City, which is moving to a five-term academic year.

The new system will come into force in September 2013 and remain in place until 2016, when the council will review the matter again.

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NUT suspends strike action in Nottingham

The National Union of Teachers has agreed to suspend strike action which was due to take place this week in Nottingham.

This announcement comes after a meeting between Nottingham City Council and NUT representatives over plans to split the school year into five terms.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT, said: "The Union welcome the progress made today in discussion and hopes that this will speedily lead to a resolution of this serious dispute."

Councillor David Mellen from Nottingham City Council said: “I am pleased that we have had a constructive meeting with the union and that they have agreed to withdraw strike action, which ensures that children’s learning, especially at exam time, is not affected.”

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Strikers' demonstration

Striking teachers demonstrating inside Nottingham council offices. Credit: ITV Central News

Around a hundred teachers are staging a demonstration inside Nottingham City Council offices against planned changes to the school year.

The members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are on strike today in protest at moves to introduce a five-term year.

The rally began outside but the demonstrators have entered the building and are demanding that someone from the council talks to them.

The NUT claims the term changes will be disruptive. The council says they would improve pupils' achievement and attendance.

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