‘Future education of our children at stake’ says headteacher ahead of strikes


Dorcan Academy will be partially closed because of strike action but in a letter to parents from headteacher Sherryl Bareham stressed that 'the future of our children's education was at stake' adding that staff 'wished to make a stand' <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>

Dorcan Academy can be partially closed due to strike motion however in a letter to folks from headteacher Sherryl Bareham confused that ‘the way forward for our kids’s schooling was at stake’ including that workers ‘wished to make a stand’ (Picture: Newsquest)

Dad and mom upset at having to search out various care for his or her kids on Wednesday have been warned that the ‘future schooling’ of their kids is at stake.

1000’s of lecturers throughout Swindon and Wiltshire can be becoming a member of in on a day of nationwide strike motion on Wednesday, February 1, in a row over pay.

As a result of colleges have been unable to ensure minimal staffing ranges, many have made the choice to tell dad and mom of closures prematurely of the day itself, with Dorcan Academy being considered one of them.

Learn Extra: Latest on school closures ahead of teacher’s strike

In a letter to folks, the college’s head instructor Sherryl Bareham defined that solely 12 months 11 and susceptible college students would be capable to attend in particular person, with everybody else set to study on-line, or revise.

“I’m writing to tell you of our preliminary plans for the strike days. At The Dorcan Academy we’ve got 33 lecturers within the NEU which implies that, if all of them selected to take strike motion we’d not be capable to open the college to all college students and supply a secure studying atmosphere.

“Academics aren’t obliged to tell the college whether or not or not they’re participating and, due to this fact, we’ve got to plan prematurely as if they’re; as well as, different lecturers aren’t obliged to offer cowl or set distant studying for his or her placing colleagues.

“For that reason, on the dates above, we’re planning to open faculty for our most susceptible college students solely (who can be contacted prematurely to supply a spot) and our Yr 11 cohort, to minimise so far as doable any disruption to their examination preparations.”

Swindon Advertiser: Dorcan Academy headteacher Sherryl Bareham

Swindon Advertiser: Dorcan Academy headteacher Sherryl Bareham

Dorcan Academy headteacher Sherryl Bareham (Picture: Newsquest)

However whereas Mrs Bareham famous that the strikes could be ‘inconvenient to folks and doubtlessly damaging to kids’s schooling,’ she additionally stated that lecturers at Dorcan needed to ‘make a stand’.

She stated: “While we all know that lecturers placing is inconvenient to folks and doubtlessly damaging to kids’s schooling, the lecturers at Dorcan want to make a stand in opposition to the largely unfunded lecturers’ pay rise which has left our funds in a crucial place.

“If left unresolved this may severely impression our means to recruit and retain the very best workers and proceed to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with extra-curricular alternatives for all college students. The longer term schooling of our kids is at stake.”

Wednesday, February 1, is simply the primary of seven strike days deliberate, with strikes on March 1, and March 15 and 16 set to impression the south west additionally.

In case your faculty has been affected by the strike motion and is closing or partially closing on Wednesday, we wish to hear from you. 

Please e-mail daniel.wooden@newsquest.co.uk.

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