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Unions' concern for jobs of teachers; SCHOOLS SHAKE-UP.

TEACHERS' union leaders gave mixed reactions to public consultation plans to reduce the number of surplus primary school places.

The Coventry branch of the NUT is not convinced of the need to amalgamate schools.

And a leader of the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers criticised the city council over a lack of consultation so far.

Both unions want to ensure the jobs of their members are safe.

Jane Nellist, divisional secretary of the NUT, said she wanted to see more details.

She said: "The position of the NUT is that we are opposed to any school closures unless it is on an educational issue and we have yet to be convinced there are any educational values in amalgamating these schools."

Dave Sedgwick, city NASUWT secretary, said he is not surprised by the plans, but added: "We are disappointed the city council has failed in this critical stage to involve the trade unions fully in their consultation process so far."
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