Connect with us

Education

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough teachers to strike on March 1

Avatar photo

Published

on

The second of four teachers’ strikes in the eastern and Midlands region is due to take place on Wednesday 1 March.

At the last strike on 1 February, 145 schools in Cambridgeshire (54%) remained open, with 85 schools (32%) partially open and 10 schools (4%) closed.

Others were open for vulnerable or critical worker children only.

Jonathan Lewis, director of education for Cambridgeshire, and Peterborough said: “Schools are again anticipating significant disruption. Even schools which are fully open will see some disruption to the curriculum”

Jonathan Lewis, director of education for Cambridgeshire, and Peterborough said: “Schools are again anticipating significant disruption. Even schools which are fully open will see some disruption to the curriculum”
Picture by Terry Harris.

March 1 is the second of four strike days announced by the National Education Union (NEU) in a dispute over teachers’ pay and the underfunding of education generally.

The first strike took place on February 1 and further strikes are due to take place on March 15 and 16 across the whole of England and Wales. This week’s strike will affect the Eastern region, East Midlands, and West Midlands only.

The Department for Education (DfE) has said it expects headteachers to take all reasonable steps to keep schools open for as many pupils as possible.

The decision to open, restrict attendance, or close a maintained school is for the headteacher.

The decision for academies rests with the relevant academy trust but is usually taken by the principal.

Headteachers will again be notifying parents and carers before Wednesday if they can, whether they expect their schools to be open, closed, or partially closed.

While employees are not required to tell their employers whether they intend to take strike action, headteachers are entitled to ask staff in advance if they intend to strike so they can plan how to manage the strike.

Advertisements
canopyuk.com in-article

Decisions to be made on health and safety 

Without a firm understanding of who is striking, school leaders must consider the impact on the health and safety of children and staff in deciding whether they remain fully open.

Jonathan Lewis, director of education for Cambridgeshire, and Peterborough said: “Schools are again anticipating significant disruption. Even schools which are fully open will see some disruption to the curriculum.

“We will be collating information on which schools are closed or partially closed and updating our website regularly.

“Headteachers are writing to parents to allow them to make decisions. In the case of full closure, schools are being encouraged to support vulnerable children and critical worker children, although capacity is likely to be limited.”

Where schools have no option but to restrict attendance, they should consider, where possible, providing remote education.

Striking teachers cannot be compelled to set work for students to complete on the day of the strike and are encouraged by the NEU not to do so.

Here’s the advice of DfE

Advice from the DfE is that there is no legal requirement for schools to teach the curriculum on strike days and the offer around schools is likely to be limited.

The county council will be updating the school closures page on its website regularly, as soon as schools provide information about closures on strike day: School closures – Cambridgeshire County Council

 

Facebook

Read More

Peterborough City Council says ‘a surprising number of council operate hotels, including Hilton hotels’. It says it is seeking professional advice from those with direct experience to help support them as they attempt a rescue bid for the unfished Hilton (above) in Peterborough. PHOTO: Terry Harris Peterborough City Council says ‘a surprising number of council operate hotels, including Hilton hotels’. It says it is seeking professional advice from those with direct experience to help support them as they attempt a rescue bid for the unfished Hilton (above) in Peterborough. PHOTO: Terry Harris
News9 hours ago

SPECIAL REPORT: Peterborough City Council’s throw of the dice to save ‘heartbreak hotel’

Peterborough City Council – like a handful of other councils across the country – could end up owning a major...

A white Mercedes had hit a stationary parked vehicle that had been party left in the carriageway with no lights on. A white Mercedes had hit a stationary parked vehicle that had been party left in the carriageway with no lights on.
News14 hours ago

Mercedes close to ending up in river after Fenland crash

The crash happened on Tydd road on Cambridgeshire border

Cllr Rob Pitt is a former senior military officer. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Falklands and on Counter Violent Extremist Operations in Africa. Cllr Rob Pitt is a former senior military officer. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Falklands and on Counter Violent Extremist Operations in Africa.
News1 day ago

Former military veteran turned Ely councillor Rob Pitt resigns

'I am sorry not to be able to continue in the role' said Cllr Rob Pitt

Norfolk Police revealed tonight that a man from King’s Lynn has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Hockwold, Norfolk Norfolk Police revealed tonight that a man from King’s Lynn has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Hockwold, Norfolk
Crime1 day ago

Stabbing victim, 80, transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Ashley Francis, 26, of King’s Lynn has been charged with attempted murder.

Peterborough City Council says RACC has also been found in the regional fitness and swimming centre but as this is currently closed for asbestos removal “there is no date for reopening at this stage”. Peterborough City Council says RACC has also been found in the regional fitness and swimming centre but as this is currently closed for asbestos removal “there is no date for reopening at this stage”.
News1 day ago

£26m repair bill final nail in the coffin for Peterborough swimming pool

It is estimated that a new facility could open in 2028. 

Peter Williams Manchetts operations manager, Jerome Mitchell MAN network manager, Eva Evans MAN head of network and strategic development, Robert Manchett director, Aaron Woods Manchetts operations manager at Sleaford. Peter Williams Manchetts operations manager, Jerome Mitchell MAN network manager, Eva Evans MAN head of network and strategic development, Robert Manchett director, Aaron Woods Manchetts operations manager at Sleaford.
News1 day ago

Manchetts of Cambridgeshire expand with Sleaford acquisition of HGV workshops

Manchetts has a rich history dating back to 1961 in Burwell

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson: ‘I am absolutely committed to improving buses. They are the lifeblood of our community. But we also need your help. The more frequently you use the buses, the more commercially viable they become, and we can reduce our subsidies’. Mayor Dr Nik Johnson: ‘I am absolutely committed to improving buses. They are the lifeblood of our community. But we also need your help. The more frequently you use the buses, the more commercially viable they become, and we can reduce our subsidies’.
News1 day ago

Fenland Council accuses Mayor Johnson of ‘crumbs from the table’ bus service funding

Cllr Steve Count said the ‘strategy’ being offered by the Combined Authority was in reality a 'wish list'

News1 day ago

£1million raised by Peterborough group for children’s charity

Since its inception in 1996, the Peterborough committee has been at the forefront of fundraising initiatives

Early visuals of the new crematorium at Mepal that will cost East Cambridgeshire District Council at least £9m Early visuals of the new crematorium at Mepal that will cost East Cambridgeshire District Council at least £9m
News2 days ago

Cambridgeshire council faces down ‘vicious price war’, ‘white elephant’ and ‘cartel collusion’ claims over £9m crematorium

Council warned to expect Fenland Crematorium owners to hit back by reducing fees

Police have been at the scene of the break in at Underwoods The Jewellers in Darling Mews, Ramsey, throughout the day. Police have been at the scene of the break in at Underwoods The Jewellers in Darling Mews, Ramsey, throughout the day.
Crime2 days ago

Burglars raid Cambridgeshire jewellers – one man in custody

Raiders stole a fair bit' and 'made a lot of mess inside'