Staff at Hasland Hall School to hold two days of strikes over next two weeks

A number of staff members at a secondary school in Chesterfield will be going on strike twice over the next two weeks.

Hasland Hall school confirmed in a newsletter to parents that members of the NASUWT Union will be walking out on Tuesday 9th and Tuesday 16th July.

The letter, written by the school's headteacher and chair of governors reads: "It is with regret that I write to inform you that we have been given notice that the NASUWT union members at Hasland Hall will be taking strike action on two dates before the end of term. 

"The planned days for the strike action are Tuesday 9th July 2019 and Tuesday 16th July 2019. The reason the union has given for the trade dispute is teacher workload, working practices and student indiscipline. 

"We are very disappointed about the NASUWT decision to take strike action. School leaders have worked hard to engage with and work closely with students, staff and all trade unions to address any concerns when they have arisen and to effectively manage and make improvements in these areas. 

"Issues relating to staffing and behaviour have been discussed in detail at individual meetings with parents and at the Parent Forum meetings where leaders have provided detailed information and updates.

"We have already held four meetings with County representatives of the NASUWT to try to address concerns and prevent the strike action. It is anticipated that there will be further dialogue.

"As Headteacher, in consultation with the Chair of Governors, I am responsible for deciding what will happen in our school on the above dates. The decision regarding Tuesday 9th July has been informed by an assessment of the impact of the strike action on the health and safety of students and staff.

"It also aims to reflect the importance that we place on providing a secure and stable learning experience for our students. Although it is not the majority of teachers, a significant number of them could be involved in the strike action and it is necessary, therefore, for us to plan for the worse-case scenario.

"I am sure you will appreciate, therefore, that we are unable to open fully on Tuesday 9th July. On this date, school will be open for Year 8 students only. 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 will write to you as soon as possible to give you information regarding arrangements for the proposed second day.

"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."

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