Last reviewed on 18 January 2023
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Find out who you have to inform about industrial action and school closures, and use our template letters to tell parents what your school's arrangements are. Also, get guidance on talking to striking and non-striking staff.

Give as much warning as possible

 You will get advance notice of potential strike action happening in your school:

  • 7 days before a ballot on strike action is held, and
  • 7 days before a strike begins

Use this time to notify your school community and make plans. This will help make sure that you're getting support from your governors throughout the whole process, and giving parents enough time to make arrangements.

Take a look at our FAQs for industrial action for more support.

You should inform:

  • Governors
  • Parents
  • Your local authority (LA)
  • Your academy trust and/or diocesan representative (where appropriate)

In maintained schools: it's the headteacher's decision whether to close your school or not. You don't need