20th February 2023
Strike Date- Update .
Dear Parents and Carers,
Unfortunately , it appears that no compromise has been reached between The National Education Union and the Government and it therefore looks likely that next weeks proposed strike will take place.
I have carried out a risk assessment and unfortunately have had to make the decision that the school will be fully closed for all pupils on Tuesday 28th February . The vast majority of teachers at Kingsley are members of the union who are carrying out the strike so it is highly likely that there will be no teachers in work on that day as this was the situation on the last strike day.
The building will still be open for other staff who will come to work as usual, but we do not have the capacity to teach or safely look after children.
I will continue to risk assess each strike day as they come up, as circumstances may change, and let you know before each one what the school’s plans are. However, it seems that other Teaching unions may decide to re ballot and there could be further impact in March and as we move into the Summer term. This is immensely frustrating for everyone. At the moment there are proposed strikes also planned for 15th and 16th March, although not yet confirmed, I think it wise to prepare for this.
Teachers do not lightly take this action, indeed many of them will suffer financially, and they all realise the potential impact on children and families. I sincerely hope that some agreement is reached soon. I know we all want well run, and sufficiently funded schools, so that EVERY pupil has the chance to be succeed. This is the crux of the matter.
Please ensure that you also keep your mobile phone numbers up to date with school, in case of any last minute messages which may need to go out via our text messaging service. However, unless things change, all children should remain at home on February 28.
Alison Whittaker, Head Teacher.