Hi all, I am a music teacher in a primary school (state foundation) that has a special music scheme involving all children. I line manage four other staff who teach on the scheme. None of belong to teaching unions, but instead we belong to the Musicians' Union which did not opt for strike action. Although the majority of our school were on strike (including SLT) we were told that as we were not in a striking union we should come to school and undertake work 'relating to our role' with no children present. I was fine with this since we were being paid, and even though supportive of the strike I have no pension, and in any case had no option of striking. However all the staff that I line manage were furious. Despite me trying to point out that it was fair as we were being paid, none of them turned up. The Head was really angry and I feel he blames me for not managing them 'adequately' and making them turn up. However, I fail to see how I could of forced them. What really angered the Head was that one of the team rang him on the morning to say he was sick. The Head then phoned and texted me about this to say he was not at all impressed. Firstly, I think the person in question may well have been sick, but if not, how am I responsible? I've been stressed out and feeling rubbish at work today because the Head has made me feel responsible for the fact that these staff acted like this. I accept that in the day to day job I am responsible for managing them but dealing with their behaviour in an unprecedented strike situation is surely not part of my job? Am missing something?