I know you will have heard that teachers who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) have voted in favour of strike action as a result of a national dispute with the Secretary of State for Education over teachers’ pay and school funding. The days currently planned for strike action in our area are:
- Wednesday, 1st February
- Thursday, 2nd March
- Wednesday, 15th March
- Thursday, 16th March
This planned action may result in us not being able to open to some or all pupils on those days. We are currently working across the Federation to ascertain the likely impact on our schools on those days and I will update you again once we know more.
We appreciate that this could cause disruption to the learning of our pupils and that families might have to make alternative arrangements for childcare during these days. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but this dispute is with the Secretary of State for Education and is very much out of our hands.
We will do our best to open to as many pupils as possible on those days, where it is safe to do so. However, we are keen to keep you all updated so I thought it would be helpful to let you know that, unfortunately, it may not be possible to admit your child on those days and give you the opportunity to consider alternative arrangements should these be necessary.
We will write again closer to the time when we know a little more.