Handling strike action in schools
Guidance from DfE updated on 1 July for employers, governing bodies, school leaders and staff in maintained schools and academies.
In light of proposed strike action in July, this guidance provides basic advice on what to do when school staff go on strike.
Main points in the guidance
- The document provides advice on keeping schools open on strike days, and
explains the law on trade disputes and picketing.
- In the event of strike action at a school, the Department for Education expects the
headteacher to take all reasonable steps to keep the school open for as many
pupils as possible.
- The decision to open, partially open, or close a maintained school is for the
headteacher. The decision for academies rests with the academy trust, but is
usually delegated to the principal.
- It is best practice for headteachers to consult governors, parents and the Local
Authority, academy trust or diocesan representative (where appropriate) before
deciding whether to close. Headteachers are entitled to ask staff whether they
intend to strike.
Download a copy of the guidance here
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