Credit: NEU East Midlands

Industrial action at Bulwell Academy has been called off after a deal has been reached between staff and the school management.

The suspension comes as a result of a deal being reached between the staff, unions and the Creative Education Trust which is in charge of the management of the school.

In the past two weeks staff have staged pickets outside the school gates over working conditions, standards and the running of the academy.

But planned action for this week was cut short after the talks.

Dave Pike, NEU Regional officer for the East Midlands, said, “Members at Bulwell Academy have voted to suspend action after making significant progress in resolving issues.

“In recent days further improvements have been made around the management of the school that will now allow for the changes to bed in.

“We will monitor the changes to management, but do have a further four days of industrial action prepared should expectations not be met.”

 

 

“our most recent meeting with unions was positive.”
Creative Education Trust

Teachers and support staff opted to strike because of their working conditions. Unions said that recent changes had left teachers with “unmanageable workloads”.

Industrial action was voted for in the same week that the Academy, that was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in December 2022, came under investigation by Nottingham City Council because of a report of undercooked chicken.

A spokesperson from the Creative Education Trust said, “We have worked very hard to negotiate with the unions involved so that staff have the support they need and so that we can work together to make the improvements to Bulwell Academy that the children need and deserve.

“We are pleased that our most recent meeting with unions was positive. We have further talks planned, and we will continue these conversations in good faith.”