I am sure you will be aware from recent media reports that the National Education Union (NEU) has declared strike action, which will take place on Wednesday 1st February 2023. I am writing to give you as much notice as possible of the likely impact of the action on the academy.
While the planned action is as a result of a national dispute between the unions and the government, and not specifically Leigh Academies Trust or its academies, it is important that we respond accordingly in the interests of our students whilst respecting the rights of our staff. In anticipation of this action we have already prepared a response plan to minimise disruption and ensure vulnerable students and the children of key workers are still able to attend school in person.
For Year 7 to 10 students they will be asked to study remotely during strike days and live online lessons will take place in line with the normal timetable where possible. Where a lesson was due to be taught by a member of staff that is striking, alternative work will be set to be conducted during that lesson.
We are prioritising students who are preparing for exams for face to face learning and so we will open for all Year 11 students with usual lessons where possible and revision activities. Further information to follow next week on Year 12 and Year 13 provision.
Vulnerable students and the children of key workers will be able to attend school as normal and will join their classmates in virtual lessons under the supervision of our staff. Break and lunch times will operate as normal with appropriate supervision in place in the normal way. If you are a key worker please contact us as soon as possible to confirm that your child will be attending on strike days via email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place for your child. If you do not require a place for your child then they can attend virtually along with other students.
If you are a parent of a vulnerable or SEN child we will contact you separately to confirm your child’s attendance on strike days, alternatively you can contact the inclusion team 01322 620420 or your child’s college.
There will be provision for students who are eligible for free school meals and we will contact you next week with the details.
We appreciate that industrial action is disruptive and you may need to change your plans or working arrangements whilst this action is ongoing. We will of course continue to monitor the arrangements in place and make modifications where possible to improve support for students wherever possible. If the strike action is called off then we will confirm this as soon as we can and in this eventuality the school will be open as usual to all students.
The NEU has indicated that they will continue strike action for a further three days after this first strike on the 2nd March and the 15th to 16th March. Please make a note of these dates now and I will write to you in advance of each date to confirm any changes to arrangements and whether the strike is going ahead.
If you have any questions or concerns about the alternative arrangements outlined above, please contact the academy at email@example.com in the first instance. As ever, thank you for your continued support.