What Will You Be Doing on Strike Day?

You may well have heard the news I’m sure that the NUT and ATL teaching unions have called their members out on strike on 30th June. The reason for this industrial action has been well documented in other areas and my own opinion is not relevant, given that I have now retired from a paid position from the profession. I do have major concerns of the effect of raising the pension. It is not the job it used to be where people just sat in front of children giving instruction to turn to a particular page and answer the questions. It is now a very physical role and I’m certain that I would not have been able to do it beyond 60.My only comment to colleagues (as it has always been at these times of strikes) is to make sure you look at the evidence yourself. Do the maths for your own situation. Make sure you are supporting the cause you think you are supporting with the majority of your professional colleagues.

The reason for this post is to look at the impact of such a strike. I am interested in looking at what schools will be doing on 30th June. I am Chair of Governors at a Pupil Referral Unit. There are only 7 teachers and as 5 of them will not be in work, the school has had to close, as much on health and safety grounds as anything else.

The Headteacher has decided to task the teaching assistants with looking at the displays throughout the school and the two remaining teachers will be looking at plans for next year. In this respect, I suppose an additional day is useful at this time of year. However, this is a very specific example.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I do not want to get into the whys and wherefores of the strike. I’m interested to see if there is a positive side to these situations.

So, what is happening at your school? Has the Headteacher made the decision to close the school to children and if so what will those non- striking members of staff be doing?

Parents – what will you be doing on strike day? Has your school decided to close and if so how will you be spending the day?

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