As you may be aware from recent media reports, the National Education Union (NEU) confirmed that its ballot of teacher members in England has met the thresholds required to commence industrial action. The first of these strike days is due to take place on Wednesday 1st February 2023. I am writing to give you as much notice as possible of the likely impact of this action on the academy.
The planned strike is as a result of a national dispute between the unions and the government, and not specifically Leigh Academies Trust or The Halley Academy. We of course respect the rights of our staff, and we will respond accordingly in the interests of our students. In anticipation of this action, we have prepared a response plan to minimise disruption and ensure that vulnerable students and the children of key workers are still able to attend school in person.
For students in Years 7-10 and 12, they will study remotely during strike days and should continue with their learning through online lessons via their Google Classroom. Where a lesson was due to be taught by a member of staff that is striking, alternative work will be set to be completed during that lesson via their Google Classroom. All students will receive a briefing in school on Tuesday 31st January on how to access their online learning successfully.
All Year 11 and 13 students should continue to attend the Academy in person on Wednesday 1st February in full school uniform. There will be no extended lesson on this day, nor after school clubs or intervention. They will finish at 2.00pm. We have decided to prioritise these year groups due to the important examinations that they are due to take in a few months time.
Vulnerable students and the children of key workers will be able to attend school as normal and will join their classmates in virtual learning under the supervision of our staff. Break and lunch times will operate as normal with our usual high standards of supervision and pastoral care. If you are a key worker please complete this Google Form to confirm that your child will be attending on this strike day. If you do not require a place for your child then they can attend virtually along with other students.
If you are a parent of a vulnerable child, we will contact you separately next week to confirm your child’s attendance on strike days.
If your child is in receipt of a free-school meal, you will be able to collect a packed lunch from the Front Gate of the Academy between 12.00-1.00pm on strike days.
We appreciate that industrial action is disruptive and you may need to change your plans or working arrangements whilst this action is ongoing. We will of course continue to monitor the arrangements in place and make modifications where possible to improve the academic and pastoral support for students. If the strike action is called off then we will confirm this as soon as we can and in this eventuality the school will be open as usual to all students.
The NEU has indicated that they will continue strike action for a further three days after this first strike. These additional strike days are due to take place on Thursday 2nd March, Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March 2023. I would encourage you to make a note of these dates now in your diaries. I will write to you in advance of each date to confirm whether the strike is going ahead, and the arrangements we have in place to support your child’s learning during these days.
If you have any questions or concerns about the alternative arrangements outlined above, please contact the academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your support and understanding during this time.