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Schools Closed Due to 2 Day Teachers Strike

The Teachers strike is due to close most schools across Orkney today, 10th and tomorrow, 11th of January.

With no new offer on the table from the Scottish Government and COSLA (who represent Scotland’s local authorities) the strike action will take place.

The largest teaching union in Scotland is the EIS.

Commenting on Monday 9th of January, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said:

“The SNCT negotiating meeting, held today following a request from teacher unions, did not result in any new pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA. This means that strike action – planned for Tuesday in primary schools and for Wednesday in secondary schools – will proceed as scheduled.

“It is disappointing, though not surprising, that no new offer was presented today, despite some positive progress in discussions. The union side remains willing to talk, at any time, with a view to reaching a resolution to this dispute.

“While it is now too late to halt this week’s strike action in schools, we hope that fresh talks may take place later this week to advance discussions towards an improved offer. Only a significantly improved offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA can bring an end to this dispute.”

The following schools and educational establishments in Orkney are affected:

Tuesday 10thWednesday 11th
Willow Tree NurseryOpenOpen
Strynd NurseryOpenOpen
Burray Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Dounby Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Dounby NurseryOpenOpen
Eday Primary SchoolOpenOpen
Evie Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Evie NurseryOpenOpen
Firth Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Firth NurseryOpenOpen
Flotta Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Glaitness SchoolClosedOpen
Glaitness School NurseryOpenOpen
Hope Primary SchoolClosedOpen
North Ronaldsay Primary SchoolClosedOpen
North Walls Community SchoolOpen to primary pupils am onlyOpen to Nursery all dayOpen
Orphir Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Papa Westray Primary SchoolOpenOpen
Papdale Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Papdale NurseryOpenOpen
Rousay Primary SchoolOpenOpen
St Andrews Primary SchoolClosedOpen
St Andrews NurseryOpenOpen
Shapinsay Primary SchoolOpen to Nursery and P1-P4Closed P5 -P7Open
Stenness Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Stromness Primary SchoolClosedOpen
Stromness Primary NurseryOpenOpen
Sanday Junior High SchoolClosedOpen
Stronsay Junior High SchoolClosedOpen
Westray Junior High SchoolOpen to Nursery and SecondaryOpen to Nursery and PrimaryS1: ClosedS2: Open for periods 1-5; school transport will take pupils home at 14:05S3: ClosedS4: Open for periods 1-5; school transport will take pupils home at 14:05
Kirkwall Grammar SchoolOpenClosed
Stromness AcademyOpenClosed

For isles students, Papdale Halls of Residence will remain open. For students at KGS or Stromness Academy, who would be expecting to attend Orkney College, the college will be open but there will be no school transport.

COSLA had described talks with the teaching unions as constructive despite there being no new offer put forward on Friday 6th of January. Afterwards Councillor Katie Hagmann, COSLA Spokesperson for Resources said:

“I am glad that we were able to meet with and hold constructive discussions with our trade union and Scottish Government partners today. Whilst these were not negotiations it was extremely helpful to reiterate how much we value the role of teachers as part of the local government workforce, it was also important to outline that our aim is to ensure we can continue to effectively deliver vital education services in our communities and that means reaching a fair and affordable pay deal that not only protects the teaching and wider local government workforce, but also our children and young people’s educational experience.

“COSLA Leaders are clear that given the financial pressures being faced it remains the case that there is no additional funding available.  I do however, look forward to maintaining constructive and proactive dialogue, which considers all options available, with all parties so that we limit any further disruption for pupils, parents and carers, which we all agree is in no one’s best interests.”

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