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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 March, 2005, 13:56 GMT
Teachers' walk-outs put on hold
Striking teachers outside Barr Beacon Language College
Staff have already walked out on four occasions
Teachers at a West Midlands school have decided not to hold any further strikes this term.

Staff at Barr Beacon Language College in Walsall agreed to suspend their industrial action for 21 days at a meeting with parents on Tuesday night.

The school has already been hit by strikes on four days, and teachers had planned to walk out on 12 further occasions before Easter.

They are angry about the management style and a colleague's suspension.

'Frank discussions'

About 70 of the school's 90 employees, who are all members of the NASUWT, have been taking part in the industrial action.

Gerry Bartlett, from the NASUWT, said: "They (the talks) began very badly with total intransigence on behalf of management.

"However we managed to achieve a situation in which the private company retained by Walsall (Council) to manage their schools played a much lesser role in the talks on Monday night.

"Consequently because we were having direct discussions with the head teacher, we managed to achieve significant progress.

"If things look as if they're not going to succeed before the end of 21 days, we'll be convening another meeting of the type we've had (with parents on Tuesday).

"(We would) be having frank discussions with parents about what they can do to assist the union to remedy the situation at the school without hopefully further industrial action."

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