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NUT members at 13 primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted over plans to make the schools academies.
“Forced academies have nothing to do with raising standards of education.
There is no evidence at all to support the notion that changing the status of a school will transform the educational attainment of its pupils.
The majority of the school communities in Birmingham do not support this move."
– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
“Primary academies are a fairly new phenomenon and there is no evidence to suggest that a change in status will automatically raise standards.
"What it will do is take the school further away from the local community and make it accountable only to the Secretary of State in London or a private sponsor or Trust.”
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.”
Teachers in Nottingham have gone on strike for the third time in less than a month over plans to introduce a new school term system in the city.
The city council wants to replace the traditional school year with five terms which would mean an end to the long six week summer holiday.
It believes this would improve the standard of children's work.
Fifty-five schools have been forced to close or partially close in Nottingham today.
Teachers across the city have gone on strike for the third time in less than a month.
For the full list of the schools affected click here.
Teachers Louise Regan and Ivan Wels reflect on a family holiday to Croatia. Under proposals from Nottingham City Council they would have different term dates to their two children, making family holidays very difficult.