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Strike action: advice for governing boards

Actions to take and important considerations when schools may need to close due to strike action.


The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its guidance on handling strike action, which explains the law on trade disputes and picketing.

This page covers:

  • who decides whether a school should close
  • the role of governing boards
  • areas where boards should seek assurance if the school closes or attendance is restricted

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