Parents warned over strike threat by teachers’ union

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A headteacher is warning parents about the threat of a one-day strike being taken by a teachers’ union in two weeks’ time.

The National Union of Teachers has called a strike on March 26, and Hadleigh High School headteacher Caroline Gibson said she wanted to give parents as much notice as possible that the school may have to close for the day.

She said: “Clearly, with a large number of Hadleigh teachers being members of this union, this action may well affect the operation of our school.

“I received notification from the NUT that it is calling upon its members to take strike action which could be avoided if Michael Gove meets with the union and shows some willingness to compromise on teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions of service.

“I will always be saddened to have to close the school to any of our pupils, as I fully appreciate the difficulties this can cause for families.

“However, I must ensure that the number of staff on site is capable of meeting legal requirements with regard to duty of care to pupils.”

Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard is not expected to close. A spokeswoman said: “We will not be affected as we have enough staff and will remain open.”

When teachers went on strike in October, the school operated limited lessons for Year 11, 12 and 13. The school did take students whose parents were unable to arrange childcare.

Stour Valley Community School in Clare said it would be open as usual, while a spokeswoman for Lavenham Primary School said: “I am pretty sure we are unaffected.”

The other big teachers union, NASUWT, is yet to decide if it will support the strike. If it does, more schools could be affected.