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TEACHERS have suspended planned strike action at Rawmarsh Community School and Sports College – after management offered a contract to the last NUT member affected by job cuts.

Ralph Dyson – the one teacher remaining at risk of compulsory redundancy – accepted a part-time contract for next year.

An NUT meeting was taking place this week, with planned action likely to be withdrawn.

With the original 25 planned redundancies cut to four, the union resumed strike action after the Easter holidays, when it was revealed Ralph’s job was still under threat. Three further strike days had been due to follow this week.

Rotherham NUT divisional secretary John Dalton, said: “This is a victory for the NUT, for common sense and the future education of children at Rawmarsh Community School

“The head has also indicated that, wherever possible, future teaching time freed by natural wastage would be given to those who have had their working week reduced, and those who had lost the most teaching time would be first in line for any supply cover work available.”

The head, Dr Stuart Wilson said: “We are pleased that the union has suspended its action this week. The school has been working hard to ensure that the changes we need to make do not have a negative impact on our students.

“We have said all along that we will do whatever we can to avoid any compulsory redundancies and we have now achieved that with every member of our staff by making offers to the last two people who had still not secured employment.

“We hope that this will now end the industrial action.”