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Teachers' strike and residential trip

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create Fri 17-Jun-11 16:20:55

I haven't heard anything from the school yet, as to whether they'll be closed, but I assume they'll be affected, as the largest union taking part etc.

That week they're running overnight trips for Y3. There are 3 classes in the year group and each class is to spend one night and the following day at a local Scout campsite. 2 staff are staying all week and the class teachers and support staff are to go with their own classes.

DS2's turn is the night before and the day of the strike. What will they do?

JWIM Fri 17-Jun-11 17:00:52

Suggest you ask school or wait for their announcement - they may or may not have staff who intend to participate in the strike. School will be trying to ascertain what staff they need to cover. I imagine they will do all they can to avoid disappointing the children - don't you?.

mrz Fri 17-Jun-11 17:11:38

Schools are not allowed to "cover" staff who are on strike I'm afraid but that doesn't mean the trip won't go ahead only the school can answer that.

SE13Mummy Fri 17-Jun-11 19:42:41

It will depend if the teachers involved in the trip are eligible members of the striking unions. If they are NASUWT/NAHT/some other non-striking union it shouldn't make a difference. Union members who are involved in trips, proms, public examinations etc. can apply, through their union rep. for an 'exemption' so it may be that your son's teachers have done/will do that.

mrz Fri 17-Jun-11 19:59:28

The guidance from my union is for members to go on residential visits (on the strike day) if there will be a financial loss if they cancel

IndigoBell Sat 18-Jun-11 09:45:43

Our school isn't closing on strike day, and I'm sure your school will pull out all stops to make sure your trip goes ahead.

Teachers in other unions can't cover - but HLTAs can and the HT can. Also the staff at the residential place will be able to help out......

mrz Sat 18-Jun-11 09:50:28

Sorry Indigo but HLTAs can't cover.

IndigoBell Sat 18-Jun-11 10:38:09

Really? My HT's got it wrong then grin

I don't know how we're staying open - maybe we're lucky with what unions our teachers belong to.......

Or maybe she's planning to teach the whole school herself grin - no infant class size regs in a junior school.......

PandaNot Sat 18-Jun-11 10:46:45

In primary schools some classes will be at school and not others depending on which union the individual class teachers are in - no one is allowed to do their jobs whilst they strike. Secondary schools are a bit harder to organise and I imagine lots will be fully closed if they have a lot of striking teachers.

mrz Sat 18-Jun-11 13:20:54

My head has taken the decision to close as only one teacher isn't affected and our Y6 are on a residential that week! (which is going ahead)

LawrieMarlow Sat 18-Jun-11 13:39:12

In DC's school it is the year 6 residential that week. There is also a sports event planned for year 3 and 4 that afternoon. DC in reception and year 2 so wouldn't be affected by either but am interested in what will happen.

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