Two in 5 secondary faculties have transition days deliberate for main pupils on subsequent month’s strike days, in accordance with survey that exhibits the potential disruption of recent industrial motion throughout an “unusually busy week”.
TeacherTapp surveyed over 7,000 lecturers to estimate potential disruption after the Nationwide Schooling Union confirmed strike motion on July 5 and seven.
Whereas faculties are but to finalise selections on affected occasions, two in 5 (39 per cent) of secondary faculties had transition days deliberate. Yr six pupils normally go to their new faculty forward of their begin date in September.
Almost one in 5 (17 per cent) of lecturers faculty journeys have been deliberate on strike days, whereas seven per cent stated residential journeys had been scheduled.
Sports activities days are deliberate for 14 per cent of lecturers, with 12 per cent of secondary lecturers anticipate youngsters to be on work expertise placements.
Lastly, 12 per cent of main lecturers stated their faculties had scheduled concert events of performances on one of many strike days.
‘Disruption could also be extra noticeable’
Laura McInerney, TeacherTapp chief govt, stated it was an “unusually busy week for faculties”, including: “The wide selection of probably disrupted actions together with sports activities days, residential journeys and concert events, exhibits how a lot faculties do past their instructing remits.
“On the one hand, placing strike actions on nowadays could make the disruption extra
noticeable; alternatively it might put lecturers in tough positions, as these are one-off experiences for college kids which might be tough to duplicate.”
The newest strike dates seem to have attracted extra criticism from leaders throughout the sector than earlier ones.
Chris Dyson, deputy chief govt of the Create Partnership Belief, tweeted whereas he “loves the NEU … I’m struggling to assist the strike”. He had a convention booked for belief employees which he stated value £15,000.
He criticised the NEU govt who “sit in workplaces” and “sadly have made a name that doesn’t mirror the individuals working in faculties”.
Strikes will ‘rob youngsters of particular reminiscences’
Sufian Sadiq, Chiltern Studying Belief’s director of instructing faculty, stated whereas the union has executed a “nice job to defend and shield the sector”, nowadays “genuinely rob youngsters of particular reminiscences: enrichment days, transition days, sports activities day, journeys & performances. Children shouldn’t endure. Please Rethink!”
Different leaders hit out at how the cut up day strikes will proceed to influence attendance.
Matt Taylor, an assistant principal in Manchester, tweeted: “It’s so unfair on attendance groups. My workforce has labored tremendously laborious this 12 months, we’re at the moment working at a 0.5% enchancment on final 12 months. I’m satisfied it will be extra with out the strike days.”
However Kevin Courtney, NEU’s joint basic secretary, stated: “No instructor needs to be taking strike motion. The Schooling Secretary has it inside her grasp to have the strikes halted.”
He urged Gillian Keegan to “acknowledge the seriousness of the issue and begin negotiating with the schooling unions to resolve the dispute on a totally funded pay improve for the instructing career”.