Schools aim to open despite teacher strike

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Schools across the county are set to close when hundreds of teachers take strike action - but those in this area are determined to remain open.

Teachers across Lincolnshire are set to join a mass strike on October 1, it has been announced.

Members of the two largest teachers’ unions, the NASUWT and the NUT are set to take part in the national protest over pay and working conditions after the Secretary of State refused to ‘genuinely engage’ in negotiations with representatives to resolve the issues.

The strike day is set to take place for the east on October 1 - and many schools could be faced with closure for the day.

This action follows the ‘successful strikes’ that took place in the north west of England on the June 27, in which thousands of teachers took part.

Plans are also in place for a one-day, all-out national strike before the end of the autumn term, the NUT claims.

Lincolnshire County Council school services manager David Robinson said: “In times of strike action it is up to individual schools to make preparations for the loss of staff and make a decision on whether there is enough cover to enable the school to stay open safely.

“The health and safety of pupils is the most important thing.

“It is not clear that union officials have to let school managers know which staff are striking and sometimes this can lead to schools having to make a decision to close on the day.

“However, when strike action has happened before, in nearly all cases school staff in Lincolnshire have given their schools plenty of notice that they will be taking strike action, allowing alternative plans to be put in place at an early stage.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide guidance and support to schools where we can.”

Caistor Grammar School headteacher Roger Hale was keen to remind readers his school stayed open last time there was a national strike.

And he fully expects to be open this time.

Mr Hale said parents would be advised of any change to this.

Caistor Yarbrough Academy headteacher Jeremy Newnham said: “We will do our best to stay open but it’s possible the situation could change on the day.

“Our intention is to stay open if possible. Even if it is restricted to key stage 4 (GCSE years 10 and 11).

“We will let parents know as soon as possible.”

De Aston School and Market Rasen Primary School do not yet know what effect the strike will have.

Keep reading the Rasen Mail to find out how the strike will affect other schools in the area.