LCT statement on NEU action

31st January, 2023

Date Published: 31 January, 2023

The Learning Community Trust Statement on Industrial Action by the NEU on 1st February:

All schools in the Learning Community Trust have been notified of the upcoming strike action by the NEU and its members. This action is the result of a dispute between the teaching unions and the government around the funding of teachers’ pay and is not between the unions and the schools or the Trust.

The Trust and its schools worked with the unions to clarify the numbers of staff who could be involved in the action, and to understand the effect this will have on each school. Each school assessed what provision could be made available, whilst bearing in mind that the number of members who are taking strike action will not be known until the morning of the strike as there is no legal requirement for them to notify schools in advance.

The priority for our schools is to remain open, where possible, and to provide high quality education in a safe environment for students and staff. If, due to reduced staffing levels, a safe environment cannot be guaranteed, some children will be provided with work to complete at home. Vulnerable pupils and those in exam years will be prioritised in terms of attendance in school. Following our response to the Covid lockdown periods, our schools are well placed to support students who might have to learn at home on Wednesday 1st February should this become necessary.