Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Thank you for the support you have given us regarding the industrial action. As you know, the staff are passionately committed to the education of our pupils and taking strike action was not an easy decision to make.
Some parents have asked why North Tawton was closed while other schools were not. The reason is that education staff across the country belong to one of several unions, or none at all. While all unions have been asking for fairer funding, only one union voted for industrial action, the National Education Union (NEU)
Unlike some schools, all of our teaching staff are in the NEU, therefore there would not be any teachers or safeguarding leads on site. Some parents were not aware that teachers do not get pad if on strike, and also that they did not have to give notice of their intentions (I am very grateful that they did.) The NEU is not just a union for teachers; principals, including myself, and CEOs including our Trust leader are also NEU members.
I will write more about this in the March edition of Roundabout.
It looks like the strikes on Thursday March 2nd will be going ahead, so school will again be closed. I will be in touch regarding this straight after the holiday.
Developing our Outdoor Education Area
Last week we had an incredibly generous delivery of donated slate chippings. At the weekend, our school pond was bordered with the chippings and looks amazing! Huge thanks to Evie and David again for their hard work and connections.
After half term, I will organise a number of ‘Ground Force’ days to continue this great work.
I will be holding two volunteer meetings next week on Wednesday 8th February at 10.30am and Friday 10th February in the school hall. We have invited people who have already applied to volunteer, but his is open to those who have not yet.
I will talk about:
There will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. It will take no longer than 1 hour, and there will be biscuits! Please do come along if you have time to volunteer, particularly to read with children. Do encourage locals to attend.
Dress to Impress!
For Children's Mental Health week, the children can wear their favourite clothes on Friday 10th February. It should be whatever they like to wear. If you have PE and the clothes aren't suitable for PE, please send PE kit in as well so they can get changed.
The children are very excited about the disco on Friday! Please collect your tickets from our FONTs reps at the gate before or after school.
As always, please look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about this week.
With very best wishes,