Industrial Action 27th April and 2nd May
I am writing to you to share information about the next planned teacher strikes on Thursday 27th April and Tuesday 2nd May. As I have explained in previous blogs, these strikes are not action against the school but are instead about concerns over teachers’ pay and the overall funding for schools, which is damaging to every child’s education and leading to challenges recruiting and retaining school staff. These issues affect MHS as much as they do all schools.
Arrangements for both Thursday 27th April and Tuesday 2nd May are as follows:
- Students in Year 11 will be expected in school for a normal school day. The whole year group photograph will take place in the morning of Thursday 27th April.
- Roughly 60% of lessons will take place as normal, and so students should be prepared with the right books and equipment.
- Where teachers are not available students will take part in supervised independent study.
- If students have a PE lessons that day, then they will need to choose whether to take part in some physical activity OR study in the hall, and bring the right equipment for their choice.
- School will be closed for students in Years 7-10, unless a place is requested under the provision for vulnerable learners. See below for more details.
- Some Year 10 students will be invited into school on Thursday 27th April to take part in the ’employer interviews’ as part of Careers education. Students will be informed early next week if they are to attend.
- Year 10 Performing Arts students will be in for the day on the 2nd May for their exam prep.
- Some Year 9 MFL students may be invited into school on Tuesday 2nd May for the speaking test. Again, individual students will be informed.
- Year 8 HPV vaccinations scheduled for 2nd May will be rescheduled. A separate email will be sent to parents of Year 8.
- Students not in school will be provided with work to undertake at home. This will consist of either:
Links to online platforms (as per the previous strike day), OR specific work for their class set on Satchel One, OR Teams lessons lasting between 30 and 50 minutes. Where the class teacher is not on strike, every lesson will begin with at least a short online Teams session where the tasks for the class will be explained by the teacher. This is different to the last strike.
The offer will differ per lesson per student depending on whether their teacher is striking or not striking and available. A letter explaining the offer and how to access it can be seen HERE.
We may be able to provide accommodation for the most vulnerable learners on the day of the strike. If you believe that your child meets this criteria and wish to book a place, then please follow the link HERE.
The deadline for letting school know is midday on Tuesday 25th April.
Free school meals
The parents or carers of any child who normally receives a benefits-related Free School Meal, who will not be in school on 27th April and/or 2nd May should also follow the link below and complete the final question of the form if a meal is required. These meals will be available for collection from Bradshaw Canteen before the end of the day on Wednesday 26th April for the first of the two strike days. Meals will be available from 9.30am on the 2nd May for the second strike day. Only pre-booked meals, via the form, will be available. The deadline for letting school know is midday on Tuesday 26th April.
The form for requesting a meal is HERE, please see final question.
I hope that this information above is helpful and of course, if anything changes, we will let you know.
Best wishes Joe Barker