Decision Over Changes To School Terms

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

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Disruption for parents

Today's strike by teachers over plans to change the school year to five terms has caused disruption for parents.

Melbury Primary School in Bilborough is one of the schools closed today.

One single mother, who has a nine year old son at the school, told ITV Central that she had had to take the day off work to look after him.

She said she understood the teachers' feelings but felt the summer holidays were too long.

Schools closed

Picket line outside Nottingham school Credit: ITV Central News

A number of Nottingham schools are closed today as teachers stage another strike over changes to the academic year.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have walked out for a second time over the plans by the city council.

The first strike closed 18 schools and affected a further 33.

Nottingham City Council wants to introduce a five-term year from September 2013.

They say having more equal length terms with a reduced summer holiday break will improve pupils' learning and attendance.

But teachers say the benefits are unproven and the changes would cause chaos because the city would be out of line with neighbouring authorities.

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Teachers on picket line

Striking teachers on the picket line Credit: ITV Central News

Teachers across Nottingham are on strike for a second time over council plans to split the school year into five terms.

Last month 18 schools closed for the day while 33 others opened with a reduced timetable.

Around 20 schools are expected to shut during the strikes today.

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