Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

National Industrial Action on Tuesday 5th July 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

National Industrial Action on Tuesday 5th July 2016

I have been informed by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a withdrawal of labour or strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

This action is not against Dereham Neatherd High School itself but is part of national industrial action organised by the union about The NUT school funding and the deregulation of national terms and conditions for teachers.

Neither the governing body nor the Headteacher are legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike. In addition, there is no requirement on unions to inform me of which members of staff will take action and no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call. However, I have a very good relationship with my colleagues who have responded to my request for information about who intends to take action. This has enabled me to undertake a strategic planning meeting with my School Leadership Team, discuss the impact with the Chair of Governors and give you, as parents and carers, information as quickly as possible.

Our main concern is the safety of our students. In view of the number of staff who intend to take industrial action, it is my opinion that I am not able to provide sufficient teaching and support staff for all students. However, I am able to partially open the school on 5th July to most students.

  • The School will remain open to Years 7, 9 and 10 students.
  • Regrettably, the School will be closed for students in Years 8 unless the industrial action is called off. You will therefore need to make arrangements for childcare on that day.

Year 7, 9 and 10 students will follow the normal timetable and should ensure that they bring their usual books and equipment for the day. For those classes where the teacher is taking industrial action, our own cover supervisors will cover lessons as appropriate and subject-specific work will be provided.

Year 8 students should take advantage of the many independent learning opportunities that their teachers have already made them aware of during lessons for example websites such as Key Stage Bitesize, MyMaths, Sam Learning and our homework website for Year 8. The Curriculum Handbook for each year gives further advice to support your child’s learning. These can we found on our website by going to Information A-Z and scrolling down to Curriculum Handbooks.

We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Peter Devonish