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Letter from Director of Education re Strike Action



Uned Cymorth Cyfarwyddiaeth Addysg a Chymorth i Deuluoedd  (UCCACD)

Education and Family Support Directorate –

Directorate Support Unit (EDSU)

Dyddiad / Date:  25 January 2023



Dear Parent/Carer


As you may be aware, the National Education Union (NEU) has announced four days of intended industrial action.


The proposed industrial action dates are as follows:


  • Wednesday 1 February 2023
  • Tuesday 14 February 2023
  • Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Thursday 16 March 2023


The decision regarding whether your child’s school will remain open on these dates will be made by your child’s school, based on the school’s individual context and risk assessments.  Your child’s school will aim let you know whether the school will be open at least three working days before each of these dates.


Where schools have made a decision to close in advance of planned industrial action, pupils eligible for free schools (eFSM) meals will be provided with a packed lunch the day before.  eFSM pupils attending school on the day of planned industrial action will receive a free school meal as normal unless the headteacher determines to close the school prior to lunchtime.  In this case, a packed lunch will be made available to eFSM pupils in the morning to take home with them.


Parents and carers are advised that home-to-school transport for eligible pupils will continue to run as normal (unless a school has determined to close prior to the day of planned industrial action). 


However, if there is a risk that on the day of planned industrial action a school or a year group will be forced to close due to staff supervision levels, parents/carers of primary school pupils and parents/carers of pupils attending special schools should make themselves or another responsible adult available during the morning of the day, to collect their child from their dedicated bus stop/pick-up point at short notice. 


With advance notice, pupils with additional learning needs on dedicated (taxi and minibus) vehicles will be transported back to their homes into the care of their parents/carers.


Yours sincerely


Lindsay Iorwerth Harvey (Mr)


Corporate Director – Education and Family Support

Bridgend County Borough Council