Councillors in Nottingham have given approval to controversial changes to the school year in the city. The city council's ruling Executive Board has reduced the summer holiday from six weeks to five.
The new-look model will see an academic year made up of three terms, with a two-week break in October and a fixed spring break. The move is a compromise from the council's initial plans to introduce a five-term year.
Controversial plans to bring in a five-term school year in Nottingham could be scrapped. The city council says it's prepared to consider a new holiday pattern after talks with the teaching unions.
The council denies it's backing down and says it's listened to teachers. But unions say they're still unhappy at plans to shorten the summer holiday, and can't rule out further industrial action.
Controversial plans to bring in a five-term school year in Nottingham could be scrapped.
The City Council says it's prepared to consider a new holiday pattern after talks with the teaching unions.
But as our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports, it may not be enough to avert further industrial action.
Plans for a five term school year in Nottingham could be scrapped, according to Nottingham City Council.
The new holiday pattern would retain the current three terms with a fixed spring break, regardless of when Easter is.
Cllr David Mellen says they believe this model will be "more acceptable to the workforce."
Teaching unions are meeting with Nottingham City Council today over plans to introduce a five term academic year.
Protests have already been held against the plans but the NUT union warn that if no agreement can be found strike action could be taken.