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Please read this important letter affecting our pupils with regards to Strike action. We thank you in your support relating to this matter.


Dear Parents / Carers,


You will no doubt be aware from media coverage that the National Education Union (NEU) have announced strike action after balloting their members. The strike is happening because of a dispute between the unions and the government over the nationally determined teachers’ pay awards, and not because of any disputes at our school. 


The dates for strike action that will affect Fairwater Primary School are: - 


Wednesday 1st February

Tuesday 14th February

Wednesday 15th March

Thursday 16th March


I recommend that you start to think about alternative childcare arrangements for these dates just in case your child’s class is affected. 


Whilst I understand the teachers’ decision for industrial action, I want to acknowledge the potential disruption to you and your child’s education. I understand that this situation may be frustrating, and ask that all members of our school community continue to treat each other with respect.


As a result of risk assessments, consultation with our Chair of Governors, and following guidelines, I can confirm that school will only be open for one class on Wednesday 1st February. Breakfast club will also be open as usual for any pupils from this class only.  


The open class will be our Year 5/6 class (class RP). 

All other classes will be closed, consequently unable to attend school on Wednesday 1st February.  


At this stage, I am unable to confirm the position for the other dates. However, I will review the situation and update you with our intention by no later than one-week in advance of the specified date. Teachers are in different unions, I do not have the full picture of how the school will be affected and which classes will be impacted. Fairwater staff NEU members are also under no obligation to inform me of their planned actions until the day of the strikes, so the list of affected classes may change up to, and including, the day of a strike. 


I will be in contact in the next few days regarding the arrangements for any pupils who receive free school meals who are not able to attend school on this day as soon as I have received updated information. 

Again, I apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and will endeavour to do my best to communicate any new updates as soon as possible. 


Yours Sincerely, 


Miss Ceri Evans 

Acting Headteacher









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