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Teachers' strike in South Gloucestershire called off at last minute

Tomorrow's planned strike by teachers at John Cabot Academy in South Gloucestershire has been called off.

John Cabot Academy Credit: ITV West Country

The academy in Kingswood was due to close tomorrow, but last-ditch talks between unions and management have agreed a way forward in managing workloads and performance assessments.

After lengthy negotiations, we have reached sufficient agreement with the management of John Cabot Academy to suspend strike action. We have accepted assurances that they have given on reducing workload and the pressures of performance management which we accept in good faith in the hope that positive working relationships can be restored at the John Cabot Academy.

– Wendy Exton. National Executive Member of NASUWT. Nigel Varley. Secretary NUT

Teachers to strike at top academy: ITV West Country want to hear from you

Parents of 1,000 secondary school pupils at John Cabot Academy in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, have been warned to expect a teachers' strike on Tuesday (12 January) in a dispute over workloads and performance assessments.

ITV West Country would like to hear from anyone affected.

  • Will you have to give up a day's work to look after your children?
  • How much money will that cost you?
  • How much disruption will it cause you and your family?
  • How much do you know about the issues?

Maybe you sympathise with the teachers and understand why they're walking out of the classroom.

Whatever your views, we'd love you to get in touch.

Please send your views with your name and phone number to: richard.payne@itv.com

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Top academy calls second meeting with teachers to discuss 'major disagreements'

The school was given an Outstanding by Ofsted in 2009, and has more than 1000 pupils. Credit: ITV West Country

A second meeting will be held this evening (6 January) to discuss 'unresolved points' between school bosses and teachers at a top secondary school in South Gloucestershire - who are set to go on strike next week over heavy workloads.

More than 70 staff members at John Cabot Academy intend to walk out next Tuesday (12 January). If talks fail, a two-day strike will follow.

Union members say the move comes after discussions with the school's leadership broke down just before Christmas.

The NUT tell ITV West Country 'some progress has been made, but there are still major disagreements'.

The unions have given six dates in January on which strikes will take place. Credit: ITV West Country

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), which sponsors the John Cabot Academy say talks will continue this evening in an effort to resolve disputes.

The leadership team at JCA have been continuing to work very hard to find a way to avert strike action at the Academy next week. Union representatives accepted an invitation to meet with the Academy and ACAS on Tuesday 5 January.

The unions accepted that the leadership team had moved in all areas of concern they had initially raised seven working days ago and during this, only the second meeting, agreed to fully sign off 12 of the now 15 areas of concern raised. After four hours of meeting it was further agreed that the parties would re-convene at the end of the day today, Wednesday 6 January, to further consider the proposed solutions for the remaining three unresolved points. The Academy leadership team remains committed to open dialogue with unions and also directly with staff in order to seek to a resolution in the short term and also to ensure positive relations going forward.

– Steve Taylor, CEO Cabot Learning Federation

Blind girl to leave school over bullying fears

Kristy Hooper and her daughter Lily-Grace Credit: ITV News

The mother of a blind girl banned from using her walking cane at a South Gloucestershire school says she's now leaving because of fears she'll be bullied.

Seven year old Lily-Grace Hooper was told she couldn't take her cane to Hambrook Primary for health and safety reasons.

She will move schools in January.

Lily-Grace says her walking cane helps her get around safely Credit: Family

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NHS managers in the West say they 'can cope' with demand this winter

NHS managers in the West say they 'can cope' with demand Credit: PA:Lynne Cameron

There are around 40,000 deaths every year because of the cold, mainly in elderly.

It's down to simple things like people not heating their homes to at least 18°C. Just by doing this you can prevent respiratory illnesses but also colds and flu.

But also when we get a cold snap there is an Increase in fractures due to snow and ice, which also puts pressure on our A and E departments and hospital beds.

Normally NHS England South West is given its winter money now, but this year it was provided by the Government in April so health managers have been able to plan earlier.

NHS England South West says this year health and social care services have been joined up so there will not be as many bed blocking situations like we've seen in previous years.

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