Don't want to get into ins and outs (I agree with it).
Just wondering why we have had letters home from both my kids' schools saying there will probably be a strike on the 17th, but they don't know which classes will be open or not. It sounds like some classes will be open and some closed depending on whether the teacher is striking or not. Do the head teachers not know what unions their teachers are affiliated to? Are the teachers involved just letting the schools know that week or when?
Just wanting to plan really and wondering why the schools don't appear to know what's happening.
I was at work the week before last when the rest of the school was striking. I had only 20 of my class in. The missing ten were marked down as unauthorised absence by the office, I believe. We had a morning of 'proper' work - no DVDs in sight. Why would we? It was a normal working day, as far as I was concerned.
On a normal working day you wouldn't expect kids to be told they could have the day off if they wished.The last few weeks of summer term see DVDs so not a big presumption to make that a day with just a few skeleton staff and a handful of kids would involve the odd DVD.
We had our letters saying which classes are closed yesterday. Teachers have the right not to say till the morning of the strike, but in actual fact all of our teachers decided to let us have advance notice, which I appreciate.
Teachers, as I understand it, do not have to tell the Head which union they belong to. Some knew in advance they would or would not strike, others are struggling with the decision - which, to be fair, is probably a sign of their integrity: it's not a decision to be taken lightly, and many of these undecided-till-now ones are young.
dd1 is going to school. Her teacher belongs to a different union. dd2 is off, her class is closed. No problem.