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Dear Parent / Carer,

As you may be aware from media coverage, the second day of strike action declared by National Education Union which affects our region will take place on Tuesday 28th February 2023. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay and government funding decisions and not because of any issues at our school. Many schools across the town, region and country will be affected on this day.

As yet, we have not made a firm decision on the provision we are able to safely offer on site, however, please be aware that we may only be open to a small number of pupils again as we were on the initial strike day. As soon as we are able to, the families of pupils eligible to attend on Tuesday 28th February will be contacted directly. Lunch parcel arrangements for pupils entitled to free school meals, who are not able to attend school as normal, will also be made.

This decision will be made once we are able to consider all options based on the information we gain from union members and taking into consideration the Health and Safety implications of the strike action based on the number of teaching staff we will have available.

Online learning activities are available to pupils on the day of action, please see the ‘Home Learning’ pages on our school website.

I understand that this situation may be frustrating and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect. Willow Bank School remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils and to delivering high-quality teaching.

At this stage there are no firm school decisions regarding further proposed strike dates of 15th & 16th March. We will keep you informed closer to those dates.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and support.

Yours faithfully,

David Francis
Deputy Head Teacher

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