School Teachers' Industrial Action Thursday 10 July 2014

As a result of the planned industrial action by school teachers on 10 July 2014, some schools may be closed or unable to accept pupils for some or all of the day. This activity may affect those staff and students with children of school age.

Staff are advised to seek information from their children's schools regarding their response to the planned strike action. If your children are affected, please speak with your manager to ensure that suitable arrangements can be put in place so as to minimise the impact on your work and in particular student facing activity.

If it is not possible to find alternative childcare arrangements between now and 10 July, staff and managers should attempt to work as flexibly as possible to ensure that the University can continue to operate as usual. This may be through taking annual leave, working remotely, unpaid leave or other flexible arrangements which may be practical for the University and staff member and determined locally.

If there are an unusually high number of staff who are seeking time off on 10 July as a result of the school teachers’ strike, it may be necessary for managers to limit the number of people for whom time off can be granted, in the interests of continued service delivery. If not directly affected by school closures, staff are encouraged wherever possible to attend work on 10 July.

In case of doubt, please consult with your normal HR contacts.

The trade unions involved in this dispute (NUT) are not recognised by the University of Sheffield, so it is not expected that any staff will be directly affected by this industrial action.