Update of Potential Industrial Action on Tuesday 5 July 2016
Following my letter dated 28 June 2016 with regards to the potential strike action on Tuesday 5 July 2016 by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), I am contacting you with an update.
As of today, a significant number of colleagues have identified their intention to take strike action. Whilst colleagues are not legally bound to notify me until the day of the intended strike action, I have asked on health and safety grounds for their intention in advance. Colleagues have been very supportive of this request. However, some staff may still decide to strike on the day without prior notification and we may have additional absence due to illness. On this basis, I am notifying you that unfortunately the school will have to undertake a partial closure next Tuesday.
Students in years 7, 8 and 10 will be required to be in school, with the school being closed for year 9 students (with the exception of those students attending the Business Studies trip on this day) and year 6 students visiting us for day 1 of their induction programme on Tuesday 5 July 2016. My priority must always be ensuring the health and safety of all students, and unfortunately we are not able to operate a normal school day for all students given the number of teachers intending to strike. I understand the frustration and upset that this will cause you as parents and carers, but I am left with no alternative in making this difficult decision. Absence will be recorded as approved for year 9 students only due to industrial action and will not affect your son/daughter’s absence record.
Students in year 7, 8 and 10 will undertake as normal a day as possible and keep to the same timings of the day. Where your son/daughter has a teacher absent due to the industrial action, they will undertake supervised learning activities with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This may require classes to be doubled up and taught in an alternative teaching area, e.g. the library or main hall. Unfortunately, we do not have enough members of the team to cover year 9 classes as well, given that year 9 classes are affected more than other year groups. Given the regulations over strike action, we are not able to request fellow colleagues or supply teachers cover for colleagues striking.
If the situation changes and we know of more teachers taking industrial action then we may have to close the school to another year group. I will let you know if this is the case via email or the school’s website. Please can you check the website on Monday 4 July after 2pm. No further changes will be made after this until the day. If more teachers take action on the morning than notified the day before, we will keep them in school until we are able to contact you by phone. We hope that this will not be necessary and certainly has not been in the past.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs J Turvey