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NUT: Joint Statement on Nottingham Schools and the Five Term Year

This joint statement follows the Acas talks between NUT and Nottingham City Council:

“Following constructive discussions, under the auspice of Acas, over proposed changes to school terms and holidays pattern, it has been agreed that a further meeting will be called with all of the schools trade unions to look at alternative models of terms and holidays.

“The outcome of these discussions will then be considered by Executive Councillors.

“The NUT has agreed to suspend any further industrial action while discussions are ongoing. Collective agreement on a way forward is still being pursued by all parties.”

Cllr David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, commented: “I am pleased that progress has been made in our aim to best meet the needs of our City children in the way our terms and holidays are arranged.”

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “I am pleased that the NUT has reached agreement which provides for all options to be considered, to form part of constructive negotiations which will now involve all unions representing school staff.”

Jim Kerr, Senior Conciliator from Acas, said: “This is a complex and challenging issue and we are grateful to the parties for their commitment and constructive efforts in the talks. This has enabled an agreed way forward which Acas is happy to continue to support.”

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