Friday, 11 May 2012

Unions and parents to protest against Nottinghamshire five term year

NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Nottingham, will be joined  by GMB, UNISON and parents at a lobby of Councillor Jon Collins on Wednesday 16 May at 5pm at Loxley House against the imposition of the unpopular 5 term year in Nottingham.
Teachers, parents, governors and head teachers are opposed to the 5 term year proposed by Nottingham City Council. There is no educational benefit to a 5 term year, and the potential for widespread disruption as academies and foundation schools seek to opt out of the 5 term year and remain on the current 3 term year.
Nottinghamshire County Council have confirmed that they will not adopt the 5 term year leading to chaos for parents who live near the city boundary. Head teachers have reported a dramatic fall in applications for teaching posts in the city.
NASUWT and other unions have taken indicative ballots for industrial action against the 5 term year.
Carol O’Connor, secretary of Nottingham City NASUWT said ‘The 5 term year would cause chaos for parents, teachers and pupils. Nottingham City Council would be the only authority in the country to adopt the 5 term year and have freely admitted that this is an experiment which they will abandon if it doesn’t work.
‘NASUWT do not want to see a situation where educational attainment in the city is sacrificed while the city council experiments with this untested scheme. We encourage parents, governors’ to attend the lobby."

For more information and to arrange interviews call Stewart Halforty on 07584 213098

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