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Redundancy plans at Grimsby Institute would hit vulnerable students

2 March 2017

Vulnerable students at Grimsby Institute face losing specialist teachers employed to give them extra support, as the institution ploughs ahead with "rushed and short-sighted" redundancies, says UCU.

The union has condemned the Institute's plan to axe all 16 learning support teachers who specialise in teaching students with learning, physical and mental disabilities.

As well as the 16 learning support job losses between now and December 2017, other staff teaching high need students also face redundancy. The institute's management has indicated that casual or agency staff may be employed to take on this work in future.

The union has written to local MPs Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby), Victoria Atkins (Louth and Horncastle) and Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes), calling on them to ask college leaders to halt the plans, and to raise the issue in parliament.

UCU regional official, Julie Kelley, said: 'These redundancies are a rushed and short-sighted attack on the most vulnerable students who would lose specialist support teachers.

'We have written to our local MPs urging them to help us call on college leaders to halt these plans. If they go ahead, students will suffer, jobs will be lost and the institution's reputation will be seriously damaged.'