Industrial Action of Unison and ATL members – Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December
As you will be aware, following a recent ballot, Teaching Assistants across Durham County Council, who are affected by the proposals to change terms and conditions, have voted to take industrial action in the form of a strike. I would like to inform you that strike action is planned to take place this week on Wednesday 3oth November and Thursday 1st December.
How will this affect my children?
As headteacher, I am responsible, in consultation with the Chair of Governors, for deciding what will happen in our school during the strike period. This strike action will lead to a significant reduction in staffing levels and consequently there will be health and safety implications for all pupils within our school.
My decision, therefore, 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.
On Wednesday 30th November
The school will remain open to all pupils.
On Thursday 1st December
Reception Class will be closed to pupils. The school will remain open for all other year groups (Yr1 –Yr6).
Can I also remind parents there will be no Breakfast Club on Thursday 1st December.
I appreciate that closing the school to some pupils will cause inconvenience for families. However, can I assure you once again that in forming my decision I have taken into account the safety and well-being of all pupils and school staff. I will inform you if further developments arise.
There will be further industrial action next week on the 6th, 7th and 8th December. I am currently assessing the impact this will have on school and will inform parents in due course of any closures if necessary. Please check our school website and school APP for updates.
Mr L Duncan