Guidance

Handling strike action in schools

Guidance on what to do when school staff go on strike.

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Handling strike action in schools

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This is for:

  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • school leaders
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It includes guidance on:

  • how to keep schools open
  • the law on trade disputes and picketing
Published 6 June 2013
Last updated 20 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. This guidance has been revised to refer to current regulations and advice.
  2. Updated section 8 on managing school meals options on a strike day.
  3. Updated link to statutory early years foundation stage framework, and updated section 8 to clarify schools’ options for managing school meals on a strike day.
  4. Replaced publication with updated departmental advice.
  5. Replaced publication with updated departmental advice.
  6. First published.