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23rd January 2023

Industrial Action

Dear Families,
Industrial Action 

As you may be aware ballots have been carried out by a number teachers’ trade unions to determine whether their members agree to take strike action, following a dispute which has arisen between the unions and the government about teachers’ pay. This has not arisen due to any issues at the school. 

The outcome of the ballots has been announced and only the members of NEU have voted to take strike action. Other unions who balloted did not meet the required thresholds.  

The NEU have announced they will be striking on the following dates: 

  • 1st February and 28th February 2023 
  • 15th and 16th March 2023 

It is our intention to keep school open wherever possible and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that this is the case. However, we need to ensure that in doing so we are able to meet the health and safety requirements for pupils and staff who do not wish to strike.  

We are currently in the process of planning for the upcoming strikes and considering whether the school may close or partially close on those days.  

In the event that it becomes necessary to close or partially close the school, we will endeavour to provide remote education. Further, in the event of a partial close, we will be prioritising the attendance of our most vulnerable children and children of critical workers.   

We appreciate the need for parents and carers to be notified at an early stage so that alternative arrangements can be made for pupils if they are unable to attend school. Planning is however likely to take some time as rules relating to industrial action mean that we are unable to accurately identify the exact number of staff that are likely to engage in strike action or how our support staff may be affected by their children’s schools being closedWe are hoping to be able to let you know by Friday, but it may be that there are last minute changes as we find out more from colleagues. 

We realise that this may cause you disruption, for which we apologise. We wish to assure you that we will be taking all reasonable steps to minimise disruption to pupil learning. We are sure that all members of the school community will continue to treat each other with respect. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this time. 

We continue to work with our union colleagues as this situation develops and we will endeavour to keep you updated as soon as we are able. We will distribute any further information to you by letter via Class Dojo and on this website. 

Yours sincerely, 

Beth McPhail,
Headteacher
 

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