9 March 2023

Image of Strike Action by Teachers Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023

9th March 2023


STRIKE ACTION BY TEACHERS - Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023


Dear Parents / Carers,


As you already know, ballots have been carried out by a number of teachers’ trade unions to determine whether their members agree to take strike action, following a dispute which has arisen between the unions and the government about teachers’ pay.  This has not arisen due to any issues at the school.  The outcome of the ballots has been announced, and only the members of the NEU have voted to take strike action at this stage.  Other unions who balloted did not meet the required thresholds.


The NEU have announced they will be striking next week for 2 days, on Wednesday 15th and  Thursday 16th March 2023


It is our intention to keep school as open as we possibly can on these days and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that this is the case.  However, in doing so, I must ensure that we are able to meet health and safety requirements for pupils and staff who do not wish to strike.  As a result, we have started the process of planning for the strikes and considering whether the school may close or partially close on those days.


I would like to update you now on the arrangements for Werneth School, which are in line with DfE guidance to headteachers and other schools in our multi-academy trust.  These arrangements take into account the school’s capacity to operate safely on the days with a reduced number of staff.  They also allow the school to follow the DfE advice in providing an amended timetable for students on these days.



Wednesday 15th March

Thursday 16th March

Year 11 Students

Science exam Periods 1 & 2, normal lessons Periods 3 to 5

Normal lessons Periods 1 & 2,

Maths exam Periods 3 & 4

Leave school at 1.30pm

Other Year groups

Year 9 in school all day,

normal lessons

Year 10 in school all day, normal lessons

Year 7, 8 and 10 at home

Year 7, 8 and 9 at home


  • We have again prioritised Year 11 timetable due to the impending examinations.
  • We said that we would rota other year groups, and this time it will be Year 9 in school on Wednesday, and Year 10 in school on Thursday, as shown above.  Students in these year groups will follow their normal timetable where possible, though we may need to adapt with individual classes where a teacher is striking.








  • Years 7 and 8 will work from home on both days, and Year 9 and 10 will each have one of the two days at home.  School will provide parents with a link to the national bank of resources to support remote learning, provided by the Oak Academy.
  • Vulnerable children will receive a telephone call from their Year Inclusion Manager prior to the days, inviting them to attend school if they wish to do so.  They will follow a specially adapted timetable for the days and may be taught together as one group.  The definition of a vulnerable child is:  any child with an EHCP [ Educational Health and Care Plan ]; any child with an allocated Social Worker, and any child who is looked after ( ie fostered, in care ).
  • If your child is not in school and you are normally in receipt of free school meals, we will provide a meal if you request it.  This will be at a designated time for collection at Werneth School and at Brinnington First House.  You will have a choice of venue to collect from.  If you would like your child to receive the free school meal, please send an email to fsm@wernethschool.com or telephone your child’s Year Inclusion Manager.  The email should state the name of your child(ren), and if you would like the meal to be collected from Werneth School or Brinnington First House.  We will provide drop off times next week.


If these arrangements change in any way between now and the strike days, I will contact you via Edulink as soon as practicable.  The half term holiday obviously means that this may be with little notice.


We appreciate the need for you to be updated at an early stage so that you can make alternative arrangements if your child is unable to attend school.  Planning does take some time as rules relating to industrial action mean that we are unable to accurately identify the exact number of staff that are likely to engage in strike action.  We realise that this may cause you disruption, for which we apologise.  We continue to work with our union colleagues as the situation develops.


Yours sincerely,



Mr A Conroy