Teachers to go on strike at Uckfield Community Technology College

Update on Wednesday, March 26, at 9.15am: Manor Primary School will be partly closed because of industrial action by teachers today.

Classes closed will be FSB, 1E, 3OL and 5AW.

Update on Tuesday, March 25, at 12.30pm: St Philip’s Primary School will be closed and Nutley Primary School partly closed because of a teacher’s strike tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26).

At Nutley, Willow Class will be closed for the afternoon session but open as usual for the morning. Remaining classes will be open as usual.

Our original story: Teachers at Uckfield Community Technology College are to go on strike on Wednesday and the college will be closed to students in Years 7 to 11.

The action is being taken by members of the National Union of Teachers in support of national industrial action about changes to teachers’ terms and conditions of employment.UCTC

Parents have been told that while the majority of teachers will be in college as usual there will not be enough to supervise students at a staff-student ratio that would be considered safe.

Principal Hugh Hennebry said Year 11 GCSE practical examinations in textiles and dance would run as planned and a trip to the Globe Theatre would also take place.

School buses will run as normal to allow sixth former to travel in and if they discovered lessons were not running they should do independent study in that subject.

Mr Hennebry said; “I ask sixth form students to respect an individual teacher’s privacy and not to ask in advance whether their teacher is on strike or not.

“At present about a third of our teachers have indicated that they will probably take industrial action on Wednesday, so there will be a majority of lessons running.

“I appreciate that some sixth formers, due to chance may well have more than a third of their lessons cancelled on Wednesday and suggest they still make the most of the day’s opportunity to study hard and get lots of work done in college.”

Mr Hennebry said he recognised the industrial action would impact on students and parents/carers and, if necessary, some students from Years 7 to 11 could be supervised in the Learning Resource Centre.

The deadline for supervision requests is 12.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25.

The college is due to open again as normal on Thursday, March 27.

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