Arrangements for Proposed Industrial Action (15-16 March 2023)

Dear Parent

As explained previously, the National Education Union (NEU), in accordance with the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992, are calling upon their members to strike. The proposed industrial action will take place on Wednesday, 15 March and Thursday, 16 March 2023.

To determine if there will be the need for a full or partial closure on these days, we have undertaken a Risk Assessment and I am writing to confirm our arrangements for Wednesday, 15 March and Thursday, 16 March 2023.

William Howard School will be open to Vulnerable Groups, Years 11, 12 and 13 only on Wednesday, 15 March and Thursday, 16 March 2023. Remote learning will be set through our VLE for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and students are to access the tasks and learning for the day in the usual way (Remote Learning Guide). Please encourage your child to complete all of the work set; if there are any access issues students are asked to contact the relevant Year Group Team before the end of this week.

Year 11 mock exams will continue as planned.  It is very important for students to attend their Year 11 mock exams and make the most of the opportunities available to them in order to maximise their chances of success. The start of the summer exam series is less than 8 weeks away.

It has been great to see the high levels of engagement and attendance from Year 11, 12 and 13 students during the previous strike days. This shows that the students are committed to their education and are willing to make every effort to attend school even when there are disruptions.  It is important for students to continue to attend over the two days and engage in their learning as this will have a significant impact on their academic success.

If you are classed as a critical worker, and despite best efforts are set to experience childcare issues on

Wednesday, 15 March and Thursday, 16 March 2023, please contact the school reception on 016977 45700 to see if any extraordinary provision can be made.

We appreciate that industrial action is disruptive, and you may need to change your plans or working arrangements whilst this action is ongoing. However, ensuring the health and safety of our students must take priority.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Ms K Pigdon
Head of School

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