Report from lobby of David Mellen

picture of Dales ward members before lobbying David MellenNASUWT members from Dales ward in Nottingham lobbied Councillor David Mellen on Saturday morning against the introduction of a five term year in Nottingham. 18 members, more than 25% of our members in the ward, gathered for a briefing before meeting the councillor to outline our reasons for remaining, with every other local authority in the country, on a three term year. The Nottingham Post sent a reporter to the event.

Members said that 8-9 week terms were too long for pupils, particularly in primary, the summer holiday was a vital break for children; the decision by county schools and city academies to remain on the 3 term year would lead to chaos for parents; opposition by pupils themselves to the five term year; and lack of robust evidence for the change.

You can read more about our opposition the five term year in the Nottingham Post article.

At a briefing before the lobby members of NASUWT were most concerned about the damage to childrens’ education that such a change could have. The City Council are taking a risk with this proposal, and have admitted that if it doesn’t work they will be forced to return to the 3 term year.

NASUWT members are encouraged to lobby their own councillors and to get involved with their Local Association in Nottingham which meets on Wednesday 9 May at 5.30pm in the East Midlands Regional Centre, Colliers Way, Phoenix Park, NG8 6AT.

For more information contact:
Stewart Halforty
Organising Assistant
NASUWT East Midlands
07584 213098
@stutheorganiser

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