These FAQs are based on:
- The Department for Education's (DfEs) updated guidance on handling strike action in schools
- Advice from Forbes Solicitors (you can also contact them yourself)
See the sources section at the bottom of this page for the other guidance, advice and legislation that these FAQs draw from.
How to use this article
Most of these questions are operational, so your headteacher or senior leaders will handle them. However, you can use this list to:
- Understand what happens during a strike and stay informed
- Hold your headteacher to account for areas that you're responsible for – for example, ask whether they're meeting health and safety requirements
Reminder: who is the employer in my school?
The local authority (LA) in community schools, voluntary controlled schools, community special schools, and maintained nursery schools The governing board in voluntary aided and foundation schools The academy trust in academies and