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Nottinghamshire learning and skills council changes

* A firm of occupational psychologists has been called in to help make changes at Nottinghamshire learning and skills council, where there have been allegations of bullying.

Acas, the arbitration and conciliation service, has concluded its four-month inquiry into the bullying claims, jointly agreed by the national and local LSC, and PCS, the public and commercial services union.

Pearn Kandola, the specialist consultants, have been called in "to ensure that changes are made effectively and swiftly", said a spokesman for the national LSC.

"We are keen to address the issues raised by staff and to establish an environment where employees can work to the best of their ability," she said. The Acas report would be "shared" with members of staff, "but at this stage it will not be published".

Pearn Kandola says its values as a business are to: "act with integrity; push the boundaries; work in partnership; apply psychology; and always deliver".

The inquiry was the culmination of weeks of allegations - reported in FE Focus - of bullying and intimidation at Notts LSC.

A nine-page dossier containing serious accusations of a "draconian culture of fear and intimation" at the Notts office was widely distributed among staff.

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