Teachers in Nottingham to strike again over term time changes
TEACHERS in Nottingham are to strike again over controversial term time changes.
The National Union of Teachers, which has nearly 500 members in the city, could call the strike within the next four weeks.
And the strikes could last for more than one day. A series of one-day strikes last year left thousands of children unable to go to school.
The city council is changing term times in September, saying it will benefit pupils. The union, however, believes it will have a detrimental impact and hopes to force a change.
Nearly three-quarters of NUT members said they would strike when balloted.
The decision over the timing of the action rests with the union's national branch, but Susi Artis, assistant secretary in Nottingham, expected it to be sooner rather than later.
She said: "We are still waiting to make a final decision, but there could be action in three to four weeks."
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers is weighing up whether to strike, while the largest union, the NASUWT, has no plans to.
The term change will see the six-week summer break cut to five and a two-week break introduced in October. There will also be a fixed break at the end of the spring term.
The unions fear this will cause problems because the county is sticking with the longer summer holiday.
Strikes last year closed 15 city schools and disrupted lessons at 40 others. Becky Humber, who has three children at Glenbrook Primary in Bilborough, called for an end to the dispute. "It's gone on long enough now."