Strike Action by Members of the National Union of Teachers – Tuesday 5 July
I am writing to inform you about strike action that is being taken by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) on 5 July and to advise you about arrangements for the school on that day.
NUT members have voted to take discontinuous strike action. This means there will be a series of strike dates, with the first strike day on Tuesday 5 July 2016. The NUT has said that further strike days could follow in the autumn term if the Government fails to respond positively to its concerns.
Why has the NUT called a strike?
The NUT states that its strike action is over two issues - school funding and the deregulation of national pay and conditions for teachers.
The NUT says it is calling on the Government to reverse the real-terms cut in funding for schools and that it wants a new national negotiating framework to resolve issues around teacher workload, pay and conditions of service for teachers.
The NUT states that its members do not take strike action lightly but they feel they have no alternative in trying to persuade the Government of the need for investment in education, rather than cuts that they believe will damage education. The union says almost 92% of those voting in a lawful industrial action ballot agreed to the action.
What does this mean for our school?
Teachers in our school who are members of the NUT will be on strike on 5 July and on subsequent dates in the autumn term if the dispute is not resolved by then.
How will this affect my children?
As Principal, I am responsible, in consultation with the Chair of the Management Board, for deciding what will happen in our school on the day of the strike. My decision has been informed by the risk assessment that I have carried out to determine the impact of the strike on the health and safety of pupils and staff. The decision I have made is that
I appreciate that closing the school for Key Stage 3 will cause inconvenience for families and it is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I can assure you that in forming my decision I have taken into account the well-being of all students and their families and school staff.
Over the next few weeks students in Key Stage 3 will be completing end of year assessments. You can find details of these assessments on our website along with links to revision sites (click here). Please encourage your children to use the time on Tuesday to revise and prepare for these assessments.
If the strike is called off then we will open the Academy as normal. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.