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Whitehaven Academy bosses respond to strike action

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The trust which runs Whitehaven Academy have released a statement in response to the two days of planned strike action happening today and tomorrow.

Staff members from the NASUWT teacher's union have walked outfollowing 'serious concerns' over the way the school is managed:

Bright Tribe has been working closely with the trade unions to resolve concerns raised by members of staff at the Whitehaven Academy. A meeting was held on the 13th January at which the trade unions concerns were voiced. We have made significant progress to address them.

Following the meeting Bright Tribe also proposed a subsequent meeting in February in order to discuss progress. We urged ATL and NUT to hold any further strike action until this meeting has taken place.

Bright Tribe is dedicated to improving the life chances of young people. We urged the union to hold off action until a subsequent meeting to discuss progress had taken place

To minimise educational disruption as much as possible, the school with be open for Year 11 students on both days and a small number of Sixth Form students who have mock exams on Friday. The school will be closed for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 on both days.

Bright Tribe is confident that it can turn things around and is fully committed to working with all staff and trade unions in order to improve standards and provide a good level of education for students at The Whitehaven Academy.

– Bright Tribe Statement

Teachers at Whitehaven Academy walk out in second strike

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Teachers at the Whitehaven Academy are going on strike this morning.

Walkouts by union members are also planned for tomorrow.

It comes after a row between staff and the Trust that runs the school.

Speaking on the NASUWT website, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

Teachers at the school have serious concerns about the way in which they are being managed and the working environment in the school, all of which directly affects the quality of education they are able to deliver to pupils.

The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward and avoid strike action, but there has been no serious attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers over these issues.

The teachers at Whitehaven Academy are all dedicated and committed members of staff who want professional working conditions to support them in their work to do the best for the pupils they teach.

They deeply regret any disruption the strike action will cause pupils and parents and hope that the employer will work with them to fully address their concerns so that further strike action can be avoided.

– Chris Keates


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