Yesterday Headteachers were formally notified by the NASUWT and NUT that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a one-day strike in the Eastern Region on 1 October 2013. This action is in response to Government policy on pensions, pay and conditions of service.
This morning our teachers have met to discuss the possibility of strike action; they have decided that they will not be striking and that Holy Trinity will remain open for business. In addition to the school remaining open, our Harvest Festival, clubs and after school activities will also go ahead as normal.
It is important for us to clearly explain that whilst we vehemently oppose the direction of the Government’s education policy, we are completely committed to our school, community and children. Striking will have no impact upon a Government that clearly does not listen, but it would undoubtedly have a negative impact upon the children in our care and we will not allow that to happen. We also feel that school closures and disruption to children’s routines will also give the Government a mandate to further undermine the teaching profession and our work.
Our children need to be in school and have the right to a good education, and as much as we disagree with the direction of the Government’s education policy we cannot help our wonderful children learn whilst our school is closed over an industrial dispute.
I would not normally comment on political issues, but as a team we felt that it is important for you as parents and carers to understand our stance on issues that directly affect your children.
Mr Jon Smith (Headteacher)