School Closed for Willow Class only

1 February 2023 Westwood with Iford Primary School

Dear Parents,

Following the letter from Donna Tandy, CEO, and recent media coverage, the NEU have confirmed strike action, which will take place on 1st February 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government and not because of any issues at our school. 

The National Education Union (NEU) is in a formal trade dispute with the Secretary of State for Education because she has failed to give the undertaking sought by the NEU to make available additional and sufficient funds to allow employers to pay a fully funded increase in teachers’ pay at a rate greater than inflation (as measured by September 2022 RPI). 

Following the announcement, we have conducted a risk assessment to determine whether it is safe to operate the school whilst respecting the right of colleagues to take industrial action and meeting our responsibility to provide as much continuity of education as possible.

I am now able to inform you about our arrangements for 1st February 2023.

On Wednesday school will be closed for children in Willow class. 

Children in Maple and Oak classes must attend school as usual, regardless of whether siblings are affected. 

Other staff members are unable to provide cover or set work for striking colleagues which includes remote learning. You will be sent some home learning that your child can complete which will support their understanding of this term’s topic. In addition to this, they should also read.

The Oak Academy has a good number of resources that are available for free:

KS1 (Y1/2): https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-1

If this industrial dispute is not resolved before the further planned dates (2nd, 15th, and 16th March) then the school will review its risk assessment and plans following the 1st February.  l will contact parents to confirm the arrangements for those days nearer the time.

We have tried to give parents and carers as much notice as possible of these circumstances and we appreciate that partial closure may be disruptive to you and I’m grateful for your understanding as we have not taken these decisions lightly.   Westwood with Iford remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and delivering high-quality teaching.

We are working closely with our staff union representatives to keep up to date with the situation, and I will inform you as soon as possible if arrangements change further. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we try to do our best at this challenging time.

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