NUT defend six week summer break

Nottingham five term school year

Commenting on the decision by the City Council to move away from plans for a five year term, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said:

“The City Council’s decision to positively respond to the views of the parents and teachers by moving away from plans to impose a five year term on Nottingham City schools is certainly a step in the right direction.

"The decision to start fresh consultations in the autumn term with teachers and the general public could mean that the NUT is one step nearer to resolving the dispute and avoiding further strike action.

"There is no need to move away from the six week summer break. Teachers and pupils in England and Wales already spend longer hours in the classroom than those in most other countries and many countries also have longer summer holidays than the UK.

"It makes no sense whatsoever to have alternative holiday times in some parts of the county. This would create a situation where families could find themselves with children at different schools not being able to take their holidays at the same time".

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For further details contact Ian Stevenson NUT Regional Secretary 07815 795885 or Caroline Cowie NUT Press Office 0207 380 4706/ 07879480061