It's the third day of action in 2019 so far.
A North Derbyshire School is closed today for strike action.
Hasland Hall previously had two days of industrial action during the last academic year, over a dispute regarding staff workloads and pupil behaviour.
In a letter to parents, the secondary school's headteacher stated;
We have had a very positive start to the year. The successful appointment of new staff and a renewed focus on consistency and expectations has had impact. We received many positive comments from parents at the recent Year 7 Tutor/Parent Evening as students had settled in very well and were enjoying being at Hasland Hall.
As you may be aware, in July the NASUWT members were involved in two days of strike action. During the first week of term we met with senior personnel from Derbyshire County Council, together with county representatives of the NASUWT. We were, at this meeting and previous ones, able to outline all the actions we had taken to address the concerns the NASUWT had raised over staff workload and student behaviour with a clear aim of resolving any dispute. We have shared our responses and action plans with staff over the past year and continue to explore ways to address staff workload and wellbeing and bring about further improvements in the school.
We were disappointed, therefore, to receive notification of a further day of intended strike action on Tuesday 22 October 2019. We intend to continue discussions with the NASUWT to understand what outcomes they are seeking by continuing the action at this stage. We are obviously very concerned that the NASUWT feel that we are unable to resolve the dispute at this point and that our students’ education has to be disrupted again.
Although it is not the majority of teachers, a significant number of them could again be involved in the strike action and it is necessary, therefore, for us to plan for the worse-case scenario. We have looked at the timetable in detail and because of the spread of staff on that particular day, we do not feel we can open the school. Year 11 have revision that they can do during this day and if any parents would like this to be supervised/supported in school then we can do that. I appreciate that this will cause inconvenience for families.
If parents have particular difficulties with child-care arrangements for the day, they should contact me and I will see if there is something that we can do in school to help. The decision has not been taken lightly and has considered the well-being of the students, their families and the school staff. I would like to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to avoid the strike action. We will also continue to work together with all staff and parents to provide the best education for the young people in our care.
Yours sincerely Miss R N Moore & Mrs P Bell Headteacher Chair of Governors