Teachers who have been striking at a St Ives secondary school are now waiting to find out if there will be further industrial action before Christmas.  

Members of the NASUWT union at St Ivo Academy in St Ives had until last night (Monday) to complete a survey that will determine the next steps. 

They have already been carrying out strikes this term in a dispute over working conditions.  

Talks and negotiations have been ongoing with the school – but parents have been warned five more dates are provisionally set for more strike action before the end of term.  

The potential dates are November 29/29 and between December 5 and 7.  

St Ivo Academy is one of four secondary schools in Cambridgeshire run by the Astrea Academy Trust. 

Last week, a trust spokesperson said it was pleased that “following constructive discussions” the previous strike dates planned for between November 7 and 9 were called off.  

She said: “We came to those discussions in good faith and it is positive news that both sides were able to find room for compromise and agreement.  

“We recognise there may be some issues still to resolve, but despite the potential strike dates being announced, we are optimistic that discussions will continue in the same spirit and that together we can find a way forward.” 

The dispute centres around the school’s controversial behaviour policy and, what the union describes, as “the erosion of professional autonomy” with teachers being told how to deliver their lessons.   

Mark Burns, NASUWT’s national executive for Cambridgeshire, says parents remain “unbelievably supportive” with the union and its members.  

He said: “The survey with St Ivo staff closed on Monday night (November 20). 

“We will then analyse the results and will discuss the next steps with my NASUWT colleagues and Astrea.”  

A further update is expected towards the end of the week.