The largest teachers’ union, the NEU, announced the results of the ballot on industrial action at 5pm yesterday. The ballot reached the required 50% threshold, with 90.44% of votes in favour of strike action if the current dispute cannot be resolved.

As it stands, the strikes in our region would be:

Wednesday 1st February

Wednesday 1st March

Wednesday and Thursday 15th and 16th of March

Headteachers have been directed to keep as much of school open as numbers of staff permit. This will, of course, depend on the number of teachers who are in the NEU. Some of our teaching staff are NASUWT members, rather than NEU, and their ballot did not meet the required 50% turnout. Hence, they will be working, as will support and admin staff.

We anticipate partial closures, most likely for those classes where the teacher is an NEU member. We will endeavour to keep the community updated as far in advance as we can. We appreciate the inconvenience any closure will cause, but assure families that our staff are committed to the education of children and regard any action, however regrettable, as important to safeguard the longer-term future of the profession and of education in general.

Of course, the hope is that the strike will be averted by a resolution being found before the 1st of February.