Education reforms 'could increase teacher stress levels'

Stress at work among teachers could rise if plans to reduce the academic summer holiday from six weeks to four go through, professionals have indicated.

Under proposals unveiled by Nottingham City Council recently, the school year would be changed into a five-term period, meaning the annual break enjoyed by students and teachers in July and August would be shortened by 14 days.

This idea - which would come into force as of next year - has already resulted in strike action among professionals in that area, despite council claims the change would help boost the attendance and performance of pupils.

And a motion has been passed at the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers - a body set up in 1870 - today (April 10th) indicating that such reforms will be resisted nationwide.

Sheena Wheatley, a teacher in the Nottingham region, told the event that a five-term year "represents a major attack on our conditions of service".

"The projected eight-week terms would have a major effect on our workload and ultimately our health, I believe," she added.

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10/04/2012 16:52