Nottingham

Nottingham City Council approves new school year plan

Nottingham City Council has approved plans to change the format of the school year.

The new year will have three terms but with a shorter summer break and a longer two-week holiday in October.

The local authority said it was a good compromise after it originally wanted to introduce a five-term system.

But the National Union of Teachers (NUT), whose members have already gone on strike over the move, is currently balloting over further action.

'Further disruption'

Ian Stevenson from the NUT said: "We're always here to talk to them [Nottingham City Council] and seek a resolution.

"But if we can't get them to talk and any sensible way forward, then this is potentially going to invoke further strike action and further disruption."

The NUT staged three one-day strikes over the five-term plan in March and April.

Nottingham City Councillor David Mellen has previously said the move would make "a significant difference to learning" and also to families who "do not get the support of free school meals or breakfast clubs at schools during the school holidays".

He said children's learning was "impaired" by longer summer breaks.

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