October 2, 2008 / 9:42 AM / 11 years ago

School cancels Spanish trip for teachers

LONDON (Reuters) - A school has abandoned its plans to hold a teacher training conference in the Spanish resort of Marbella after negative publicity about the trip, the headteacher said on Thursday.

Edensor Technology College in Stoke-on-Trent had planned to send its staff to Marbella for a two-day training session but it was called off at the last minute because of media pressure.

“Following the recent publicity concerning the proposed visit to Marbella for training purposes by staff from Edensor Technology College, it has been decided to cancel the trip,” headteacher Richard Mercer said in a statement.

“The training programme will now take place at the school over the next two days. It was felt that due to the pressure from media interest in the trip it would be unfair to the staff, the pupils and parents.”

On Wednesday, Mercer told the local Sentinel newspaper that it was more cost effective to hold the conference, to discuss a new curriculum and plans to turn the school into an academy, in Spain.

But news of the trip attracted criticism from some parents.

“The idea of going to Marbella with 80 teachers was absolutely barmy to put it politely,” Stoke’s elected mayor Mark Meredith told the Sentinel.

“They have now got the worst of both worlds because they will have to pay for the cost of the trip but will have to hold the conference at the school.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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