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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.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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