If you and other members have concerns around safety and the growing trend of increased workload as a result of coronavirus, first try to discuss them collectively.

Contact your local branch or district for support with your concerns, advice on raising them with the head/SLT, what happens if they are not dealt with, and any further steps available to you.
If you need further advice, please consult our coronavirus pages.


Do ensure measures are in place to handle pupils’ work safely, through online systems or with quarantine arrangements.
Don’t take books home for marking unless protective measures are in place.


Do ensure working areas are well-ventilated and at a comfortable working temperature.
Don’t accept that it’s impossible to achieve a balance between the two. 


Do raise concerns if your school isn’t being properly cleaned.
Don’t take on cleaning duties if you are not employed as a cleaner.

Handwashing and sanitising

Do raise concerns if hand washing/sanitising systems for staff and pupils aren’t working.
Don’t allow hand washing and sanitising standards to drop.

Social distancing

Do argue for PPE where staff cannot maintain distance from pupils who cannot control behaviour.
Don’t accept that large gatherings – such as staff or parents’ evenings – take place other than remotely.

Face coverings

Do argue that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils in year 7 and above when moving around school or college.
Don’t accept that anyone, staff or pupil, should be prevented from wearing a face covering if it helps them feel safer.

Sharing information when outbreaks occur

Do argue for a policy of maximum openness when cases or outbreaks occur.
Don’ttolerate the withholding of information about classes or year groups affected by cases or suspected cases.


Do insist that bubbles are kept as small as possible.
Don’t tolerate bubbles being routinely breached.

Staff at higher risk

Do check your working arrangements are based on a risk assessment which take into account your circumstances and the prevalence of the virus locally.  Clinically extremely vulnerable staff should work from home.
Don’t accept that individual risk assessments are set in stone – they must be revised as circumstances change.


Do ensure that normal entitlements, such as lunch breaks, directed time limits and PPA time, are adhered to.
Don’t agree to learning walks, book scrutiny and lesson observations, or other non-essential, in-school accountability processes that just cause stress and risk spreading the virus.