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Sheffield college's NUT members vote to strike

Teachers at a college in Sheffield have voted to go on strike over potential compulsory redundancies.

Longley Park Sixth Form College is cutting its budget by £1m in the next academic year, resulting in the loss of about 20% of the workforce and changes to the curriculum.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said its members would hold a one-day strike on 14 March.

The college's principal, Mo Nisbet, said talks were continuing with unions.

Ms Nisbet said: "The college does need to make a significant reduction in costs.

"We have been in talks with unions to try to avoid compulsory redundancies, but at this stage I cannot categorically state that there won't be any."

Longley Park was opened in 2004 and has more than 1,300 students, mainly aged between 16 and 18.

Last month a report by the Sixth Form Colleges Association said many colleges were facing funding difficulties.

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