Schools across Cambridgeshire are making contingency plans to deal with a teacher’s strike planned for tomorrow (Tuesday).
The NUT union has voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in order to address school funding issues and resume negotiations on teacher contracts.
Longsands and Erunlf academies in St Neots have advised parents that they will remain open and “operate a normal school day”.
However, CEO of the St Neots Learning Partnership, Rick Carroll, said: “Due to the way such strike action is conducted there is no requirement of the union to inform us which members of staff will take action and there is no obligation on members of the union to obey a strike call. I will not have a full account of which staff will be in school until the morning of July 5. Therefore, it is possible that there could be some disruption to the school day.”
Mr Carroll has advised parents to check the school’s webiste for updates and asked them to ensure pupils have reading books and homework with them.
“I wish to thank all the staff and unions for working with me in order to manage this proposed strike as smoothly as possible,” he added.
Abbey College in Ramsey is operating a partial closure and all students in Year 9 and 10 will be staying at home. Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 12
will attend school as normal and a planned graduation and art trip will go ahead as planned.
“We regret and apologise for the inconvenience caused, but having considered all of the available options, we believe that it is the only decision we can make under the circumstances,” said a statement on the school’s website.
“Should the situation change, we will, of course, review our decision and inform you of any alterations to these arrangements.”
Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the NUT, which is the largest teachers’ union, said: “The Department for Education is being entirely disingenuous when it says that our action is about levels of pay. The NUT is taking strike action in response to the funding crisis in our schools, which is impacting on teachers’ terms and conditions and children’s education.
“The NUT is also highlighting the complete break-up of our education system into individual academies, which is resulting in a breakdown of teachers’ employment rights. Schools urgently need extra funding to meet the additional costs Government has put on them through increased National Insurance and pension payments. Teachers do not take strike action lightly. It is essential that the Government listens. We need investment in education, not harmful cuts.”