9:01am Wednesday 16th October 2013
HEAD teachers are duty bound to follow guidance from the Department for Education when considering closing a school for strike action.
Although staff are not obliged to tell the head teacher whether they intend to strike the head teacher as their employer can ask them.
The guidance from the DfE says that the school must “take all reasonable steps” to keep the school open for as many pupils as possible.
The key factor is whether there is enough staff to safety supervise the children. Although support staff, including teaching assistants, can be used schools cannot, under legislation, employ supply teachers to cover striking teachers.
Those cover teachers temporarily employed by the school on temporary contacts to cover long term absence or maternity leave can be used to cover lessons.
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