Strike threat after attacks

4th February 2005 at 00:00
Teachers at one of the country's largest super-schools are threatening to strike if a new crackdown on violent assaults does not work.

Crisis talks to avert a strike ballot of nearly 40 members of the National Union of Teachers at Leicester's 1,700-pupil New College have been held after 12 assaults by pupils on staff last term. The school has stepped up security and pledged to permanently expel any pupil who attacks a teacher.

The NUT say that if the hard-line policy fails to stop attacks within six weeks, staff will be balloted for strike action.

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