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Strike action could close schools in Grantham next week

National Union of Teachers

National Union of Teachers

Teachers’ unions have called on their members to strike on Wednesday which could mean the closure or partial closure of schools in Grantham.

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children. This will determine whether they should close for the day or not.

“Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”

As well as getting the latest updates from schools, parents are advised that information will also be published on the council’s website at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures

King’s School in Grantham has told parents it will remain open but cannot guarantee that classes will go ahead as normal because unions do not have to inform the school if any of their members are striking. If any lessons are disrupted pupils will attend supervised private study lessons in the main school hall.

The county council will update its website with any news of closures.

David O’Connor, Executive Director for Performance and Governance, added: “Trade unions have balloted for industrial action in response to proposed national changes to pay and pensions.

“This is not a local dispute and is likely to affect many public services across the country.

“As a responsible authority, we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure vital life and limb services are maintained.

“Plans are also in place to minimise any disruption to other council services and we have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if some are taking leave to look after their children.”

 

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