Teachers’ strike to hit Uckfield area schools

Uckfield area schools are likely to be affected by a teachers’ strike which is due to take place on Tuesday, July 5.UCTC logo 1

Uckfield Community Technology College has already written to parents to say the school will be closed for students in years seven to ten; for a chess tournament and for Oliver auditions (which will be held instead on Wednesday, July 6).

A list of schools which are likely to be affected by the strike, either with partial or full closure can be found here. It is worth keeping an eye on this page because more schools may be added over the next few days.

Sixth form students

UCTC will open as normal for sixth form students, Year Ten dance exam students, the new intake Year Six students who have their taster day, the new intake evening and Year Five Leadership Arts Award Workshop after school.

Principal Hugh Hennebry said in the letter to parents that he and the chair of governors had looked carefully to assess whether there would be sufficient staff to maintain teaching and learning and ensure adequate supervision at break, lunchtime and if a lesson was cancelled without compromising the safety of students.

He said: “Enough teachers are unlikely to be in college to leave sufficient staffing to supervise students at a staff-student ratio that would be considered safe.”

School buses are to run as normal to allow sixth formers to travel in and those students should go to their lesson. If it is not running either due to industrial action, illness or staff training they are to do independent study in that subject.

Mr Hennebry said the college would be able to supervise some students from years seven to ten and parents with particular childcare problems for a UCTC student should email office@uctc.org.uk.

• Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted in favour of strike “to protect pay and working conditions”.

The NUT website says the strike demands are to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

There was a 24.5 per cent turnout for the ballot and 91.7 per cent of members voted in favour of strike action.

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