Teachers and pupils at Castle Vale School will be made to work an extra three days before they can break up for the summer to make up for time they lost in March because of strike action.
Birmingham Schools finish for summer on Friday 20th July, but local authority education bosses have decided that Castle Vale School’s summer term will be extended to 3.15pm on Wednesday 25th July.
The controversial decision has been taken by Birmingham Council’s Cabinet in their final meeting before the local elections in May.
A Council spokesperson said: “Teachers are obliged to work 1265 hours per year. This year, their hours have been reduced to 1,258.5 because of the extra bank holiday for the Queen’s diamond jubilee. That is a very generous decision. But we cannot allow the pupils from one school to be given less teaching time than all of the other schools in the authority just because of some action by a small group of disgruntled teachers. We want to be fair to the pupils, and we hope that this decision sends out a fair but firm message.”
The extra three days will apply to all teachers at the school, regardless of whether they were involved in the strikes, says the Council.
The decision will be communicated to teachers and pupils at the school formally after they return from their Easter holidays.
Local authority spokesperson Flora Opil said: “We know that the majority of teachers at the school will welcome this decision.”
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