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NEU Strike Action February 2023 Update

You will be aware from the national news that teachers in the National Education Union (NEU) have voted in favour of strike action across schools in England.

Please note that the majority of teachers within Barking and Dagenham belong to the NEU Trade Union.

NEU members have voted for industrial action on:

  • 1st February 2023
  • 2nd March 2023
  • 15th and 16th March 2023

These strikes are in support of opposition to the National Pay Award.

In the event of a strike, the Department for Education expects the headteacher to take all reasonable steps to keep the school open for as many pupils as possible.

Parents & Carers may need to make alternative arrangements for the care of their child/children on these days. Please be aware that the law allows for peaceful picketing outside the school gates, but this should not prevent parents & carers from entering the school premises.

For Wednesday 1st February 2023, the school will plan to operate as follows:

Fully open: Nursery

Open to vulnerable pupils and pupils whose parents or carers are critical workers (see overleaf): Reception to Year 6, dependent on numbers.

Please note that the usual curriculum timetable will not be followed on this day in school. The pupils will undertake a variety of enrichment activities. We will also provide a recommended list of online resources, which pupils not in school can access at home.

Vulnerable Pupils

Vulnerable pupils include those who:

  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan or the plan is in progress
  • have (or have had) a social worker
  • are adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
  • are young carers

If you are unsure, please speak to the offices in confidence.

Children of critical workers include those who work in the following sectors:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services: including the justice system, religious staff, charity workers, funeral directors and journalists/broadcasters
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security including police, MoD, armed forces, fire and rescue service, border security and prison/probation staff
  • Utilities, communication and financial services including telecommunications, information technology, data infrastructure, post and waste disposal.

Children with at least one parent/carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required, but parents/carers should keep their children at home if they can.

If your child requires a critical worker place at school on Wednesday 1st February 2023, please email the office with the following details by 3pm Thursday 26th January so that we can arrange classes:

  • Child’s name:
  • Child’s class:
  • Parent’s name:
  • Parent’s job role:
  • Parent’s employer:

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PLEASE NOTE: We are not guaranteeing that every child will have a place as it is dependent on staffing numbers. Once we have all the requests, we will assess the situation and inform you.