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Teachers' strike at troubled school called off for inquiry


Further strike action at a school has been called off while an independent investigation is carried out into concerns raised by staff about how the school is run.

Teachers from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Uplands Junior School, in Highfields, Leicester, took strike action yesterday, against proposals to axe several teaching assistant posts at the end of the summer term.

Teachers also took industrial action on Tuesday, and further action was planned later this month.

However, the NUT has now confirmed no teachers will strike while an investigation into a formal grievance, lodged by staff in March against head teacher Tim Luckcock and chairman of governors Abid Matak, is under way.

The investigation is expected to start on Monday.

The calling off of the planned industrial action was good news for parents who gathered at the school yesterday to hold their own protest about further strikes.

Although the school was able to stay open during Tuesday's action, after supply staff were brought in, it was forced to shut yesterday.

Parent Dilnashin Latif, who has two children at the school, was among those protesting outside Uplands.

She said: "I'm a working parent and finding someone to look after my children while this action takes place is difficult.

"Not all parents are against the restructure of the school. I think change can sometimes be good and is more innovative.

"I've got about 600 signatures from parents at the junior and infants opposed to this.

"The children are suffering at the end of the day."

Shabnan Dabhad has a daughter at the school. She said: "I think there are other ways of resolving this. We weren't told of the closure until the last minute and it's difficult to sort childcare out at such short notice.

"A friend of mine says she might lose her job because she keeps having to take time off."

Another parent, who did not give his name, said: "It feels as though our children are being used in some sort of political game and that's not right."

Union leaders had urged the council to suspend Mr Luckcock while the investigation into the grievance took place, but have agreed for it to go ahead without this being met.

Ian Leaver, assistant secretary for Leicester's branch of the NUT, said: "Members have agreed to suspend their strike action to allow an independent investigation to begin. This is for the sake of the education of the children.

"We'd like to assure parents we have only taken this action because of deep concerns the plans for next year will damage their children's education."

A spokesman for Leicester City Council, said: "The investigation will get under way by Monday at the latest."

It is not yet known who will carry out the investigation.

Teachers' strike at troubled school called off for inquiry

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