School’s out and happy after union talks

Headteacher Will Scott outside Sir John Gleed School in Spalding. ANL-150213-172526001
Headteacher Will Scott outside Sir John Gleed School in Spalding. ANL-150213-172526001
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Staff and management at Sir John Gleed School in Spalding have reached an “amicable agreement” following a meeting with unions to discuss workload issues.

Talks between members of the NUT and NASUWT and management have been taking place for the past three weeks, sparked by the pressures the staff have been under since the academy was put in special measures.

However, following the meeting on Friday, union members and management were looking forward to the half-term holiday having “resolved the issues”.

Ken Rustidge, divisional secretary and national executive member for the NUT in Lincolnshire, said: “There is now a good working relationship between management and staff.

“Gleed is a good school and is making good progress to provide the best education for all of the young people.”

The academy has been in special measures since April 2013, following the merger of the boys’ and the girls’ schools in September 2012.

However, an Ofsted report published last month recognised the significant progress was being made throughout the school, which is now striving to drive up its exam results.

Chris Mallaband, executive headteacher, said: “Workload is also a national issue and some members of staff felt very strongly about the pressures they were under.

“The school employs 80 teachers – 35 are members of unions. We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement because we value our staff. They have worked incredibly hard to get the school to where it is now.”