Teachers’ strike hits three schools

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LAST-ditch talks failed to prevent a teachers’ strike in Nottingham, which forced three schools in Bulwell to partially close to children.

Industrial action called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) went ahead.

A total of 18 schools across the city had to close completely, while more than 30 had to axe classes and turn some youngsters away.

Those in Bulwell that had to partially close were Crabtree Farm Primary on Steadfold Close, Rufford Primary and Nursery on Hoewood Road and Springfield Primary and Nursery on Lawton Drive.

The strike was in protest at plans by Nottingham City Council to overhaul the schedule of school terms and holidays.

The proposal is to switch to a year of five terms of equal length, with those split by two-week half-term breaks and a shortened four-week summer holiday.

But the City Of Nottingham Governors’ Association says most teachers surveyed are against the plans.

The walkout last week could be followed up by two further strike days later this month.

Coun David Mellen (Lab), lead member for children’s services at the city council, said: “This sort of action negatively impacts on the education of pupils and disrupts the lives of working parents.

“I would urge union members to consider whether it is appropriate to be taking industrial action on this matter.”

Notts County Council, which is responsible for schools in Hucknall, is also consulting on proposals to alter holiday patterns.

It is suggesting a fixed break at the end of the spring term to negate annual differences caused by the timing of Easter. The alternative is to retain the current structure.

Consultation ends a week on Sunday (April 15). To take part, log on at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/schooltermconsultation.