Teachers to strike in England and Wales

Jan 17, 2023 | Recruitment Posts

It has been announced that teachers will strike over pay in England and Wales.

Strikes will take place over 7 days in February and March 2023.

The National Education Union (NEU) has announced that the first strike will take place on Wednesday February 1, affecting 23,400 schools.

Teacher members in sixth form colleges in England, who were successfully balloted and took a day of strike action last year, will also take action on these days.

Meanwhile, head teachers will not strike in England after a ballot by the NAHT union failed to meet the legally-required 50% turnout threshold.

Head teachers are expected to take “all reasonable steps” to keep schools open for as many pupils as possible during a strike, according to Department for Education guidance.

The union says it is considering re-running the ballot because of alleged disruption caused by postal strikes.

NAHT members in Wales will take industrial action, however, after the ballot there met the required turnout.

 

The full list of proposed strike days

February 1: all eligible members in England and Wales

February 14: all eligible members in Wales

February 28: all eligible members in the following English regions: Northern, North West, Yorkshire & The Humber

March 1: all eligible members in the following English regions: East Midlands, West Midlands, Eastern

March 2: all eligible members in the following English regions: London, South East, South West

March 15: all eligible members in England and Wales

March 16: all eligible members in England and Wales

For more information on handling strike action in schools, visit the DfE guidance here.

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