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St Matthew's Primary

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School Closure: NEU Strike Action

Our school and nursery will be closed to all pupils on 1st February due to strike action taken by the National Education Union (NEU).  This is also likely to be the case on the following dates: March 2nd, 15th, and 16th.
St Matthew’s is a small school with limited staff.  As a result of this, we have only been able to invite in a small number of children on the strike days. School governors have been consulted and Merton LA has been notified of this decision.
For many staff members at St Matthew’s the wider picture of underfunding, recruitment and retention in education is at the heart of their decision about strike action.  Despite how this action may be portrayed, it is not primarily about teachers' pay.
Staff at St Matthew’s who have chosen to strike have done so as a last resort, in an attempt to address the crisis in funding in education.