Letter from the Headteacher (2022-23) 4

Industrial action: Standing up for the future of education

I am informed that little progress has been made in the dispute between the National Education Union (NEU) and the UK and Welsh Governments over teachers’ pay and conditions. This means that there will be a further day of industrial action on Tuesday 14 February 2023.

This strike is part of an ongoing national dispute involving a range of public sector trade unions and does not concern any issues relating to our school. However, as a large number of our staff will remove their labour on this day, we will be unable to operate the school safely.

Therefore, the school will be closed to all pupils on Tuesday 14 February 2023.

As always, work will be available via Hwb to ensure continuity of learning and progress.

We find ourselves in such a tricky situation: teachers, nurses, paramedics, junior doctors, civil servants, university staff, postal workers, fire officers, barristers and rail staff are striking. The system is broken and change is needed.

Inevitably, this action will cause you inconvenience, upset and disruption. For this, I am very sorry. Yet I believe passionately that every child deserves the very best start in life – and only a valued, resourced and happy workforce will achieve this. Schools run smoothly because of goodwill, sacrifice and benevolence. The status quo is not sustainable and I thank those forfeiting pay to make a stand.

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Confucius

As always, should you have any questions, queries or concerns, please reach out to me by email at headteacher@stteilos.com.

With every blessing,

Mr I Loynd, Headteacher

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.