On 2nd March, the NEU will be encouraging its members to take industrial action that will affect schools and academies in Somerset. Hopefully, there will be some breakthrough between government minsters and representatives in the meantime. Whilst all efforts are being made to maintain essential services to our pupils, regrettably the industrial action will mean that we will not be able to provide our usual level of education on that day.

Teachers are under no obligation to tell school leaders whether or not they plan to strike. Teachers, however, have been in dialogue with me and Chestnut (FS), Cherry (Y2), Hazel (Y3) and Willow (Y4) classes will be affected initially.

If families of these pupils need urgent childcare within school, due to adults being critical workers and not able to find a source of childcare at home, please contact Mr Gillan: Office@thurlbearprimaryschool.co.uk

I will send further communication to families closer to the day and with any general answers from questions that come in. This decision is not taken lightly by anyone at Thurlbear.

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