Strike action by teachers averted

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Strike action by teachers was averted after education chiefs and union leaders reached a compromise deal over the schooling of an unruly 10-year-old.

Seven teachers from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers had refused to teach Matthew Wilson at Manton Junior School in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, after his behaviour led to him being excluded on two occasions. But a deal averting the strike, planned for Monday, was done as governors at the 190-pupil school and local education chiefs agreed that Matthew would be taught in isolation. Union general secretary Nigel de Gruchy welcomed the agreement which he said "meets our basic requirement".