You may be aware that the NUT and UNISON have balloted their members for industrial action. Other public sector trade unions are undertaking ballots for action which close on the 27th June and 30 June 2014. The dispute is in connection with the changes proposed to the teachersâ€™ pension schemes, workload, conditions of service including pay and pay progression and job loss. The dispute with UNISON and public sector unions (GMB and Unite) is in relation to pay rates under National Joint Council terms and conditions.
The school has received notification that the above trade unions which represent teachers and support staff within the school intend to take industrial action on Thursday 10th July 2014.
As staff within the school are members of these unions the school will be affected by industrial action.
We have undertaken a risk assessment for the school and have made the decision to partially close, therefore the classes that will be closed to children are:
â€¢ Class 5A
â€¢ Class 5B
We will let you know if this changes . Your child(ren) who are in these classes should return to school on Friday 11th July 2014. For all other classes / year groups it is expected that your child(ren) attends school as normal on Thursday 10th July. Siblings of those pupils for whom school will be closed MUST attend school as normal. Any absences from classes that are open will be unauthorised.
The consequence of industrial action on the disruption to the provision of education is recognised as well as the fact that this may also cause you difficulties in arranging child care for that day. As a school we have aimed to give as much notice as possible in relation to the affected classes.
We are writing to inform you of the following change of date to our school calendar.
School will be closed as planned on Monday 14th October â€“ INSET (planned staff training)
Tuesday 15th October â€“ school closure (as planned)
Adjustment Wednesday 16th October â€“ school closure (change)
Thursday 24th July â€“ school open to children (change)
Any change of date is as a last resort and only decided when an alternative has a detrimental affect on the overall running of school and educational provision. The school has consulted with the Local Authority and sought approval from Head of School Service as well as Chair of Governors.
We appreciate that this may be short notice for some parents and hope that the closure being on consecutive days is helpful for your childcare arrangements.
The children will still receive their statutory entitlement of 190 days of education this year.
Please also note that Parents Evening has been rescheduled for Tuesday 22nd October.
We expect children in school on Thursday 17th October at the normal time.
You may be aware that the NASUWT and the NUT unions have balloted their members for industrial action. The dispute is in connection with the changes proposed to the teachers’ pension schemes, workload, conditions of service including pay and pay progression and job loss.
The school has received notification that the above trade unions, which represent teachers within the school, intend to take industrial action on Thursday 27th June 2013.
As staff within the school are members oif these unions the school will be affected by industrial action.
We will be writing to you again early next week to let you know which classes are affected and whether the school is fully open or partially open.
You will need to consider what provisional childcare arrangements you may need to make should this be the case and your child’s class is affected.
We will undertake a risk assessment and would like to assure you that we will be endeavouring to open the school as normal.
The decision will be made early next week when we have more information regarding which members of the teaching staff are going to take industrial action.
Just a quick reminder that this Thursday 2nd May we will be closed for Teacher Training.
Children are welcomed back into school on Friday 3rd May.
We will then be closed for May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 6th May.
Did you know…?
* That the first Monday in May is a National Holiday in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Romania, Canada, USA and Hawaii.
* The day is seen as a celebration of the start of Spring.
* Traditionally in the UK and America, towns and villages would celebrate May Day by decorating and the Maypole with ribbons and flowers.
* Morris Dancers often perform around the Maypole too.
* In village celebrations, a May Queen will be nominated and she is honoured to be queen for a day.
We hope you all enjoy your May Day Bank Holiday Weekend!