From Nottingham Post
THE city council firmly believes changes are necessary to school terms to drive up standards.
But it has faced a major backlash from unions, teachers and parents over its five-term year plans. In spite of this, the authority has continued to insist this is the best way forward.
But today changes are announced to those plans.
The council has agreed to look at two models, one being the five-term year and the other similar to the current three-term structure, proposed by the City of Nottingham Governors’ Association.
It would see the six-week summer break cut to five weeks, a two-week holiday in October instead of the current one-week half-term and a fixed two-week holiday at the end of the spring term, regardless of when Easter falls.
The authority is seeking agreement with unions before consulting on the plans in September, with a final decision between the two models due to be made by the executive board in October.
However, reaching an agreement with unions may still prove tricky. The NASUWT is adamant it wants to have the six-week summer holiday maintained on the calendar, with members possibly prepared to take industrial action at the beginning of the next academic year.