Important Information

Plan for Industrial Action 15/16 March 2023

March 9, 2023

Dear Parent/Carer,
As you know, the National Education Union (NEU) has voted for strike action for teaching staff on 1 February 2023, 28 February 2023, 15 March 2023 and 16 March 2023. Teaching staff at our school have a legal right to take part in the planned strike action, however, it is important to emphasise that the dispute and strike action is not specific to our school.

The industrial action is in relation to the NEU’s dispute with the Government over the nationally agreed pay rises, when considering the pressures faced by staff with the increased cost of living which we are all experiencing. It is a national issue, affecting all schools in England.

For school to remain fully open, I have to be satisfied that we have enough staff in school to comply with our legal obligations and duty of care to students. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and the plans for Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March 2023 are as follows:

School will remain open to all our primary learners at Springwell Dene, and learners in Year 7, 8 and 11. Year 11 learners will continue to complete their mock exams on these days, and further updates about times will be sent early next week.
Hudson Road and Oxclose Hub – will be closed to all learners who attend both hubs.

Year 9 and 10 – The Link School will remain closed for learners in Year 9 in Springwell Dene, 10A, 10B and 10C at Pallion. Work will be provided for our learners to complete through Century Learning, tasks will be uploaded to the platform prior to the 15th March 2023. Those pupils on one-to-one tuition will still have one to one sessions as per their normal timetable and those learners who attend vocational placements are still able to attend those.

Free School Meals
If your child is in receipt of free school meals and they are affected by strike action, we will provide the equivalent free school meals voucher to you.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.
Kind Regards
Donna Walker

Headteacher


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Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

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Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

 

 

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