Latest Government and NHS advice on Coronavirus
See the latest NHS advice on Coronavirus. Please note that this advice is being updated on a regular basis. The NEU advises all members and all school leaders to read and follow the latest advice from the health authorities.
See also the DfE advice to schools on school closures, and full DFE guidance about the Coronavirus for educational settings. This advice is again being updated on a regular basis. The NEU again advises all members and all school leaders to read this advice but reserves the right to give our own different advice if we disagree with the DfE’s advice on any matter.
The DfE’s helpline to answer questions from students, staff and parents can be contacted on:
- 0800 046 8687 8am - 6pm (Monday to Friday) 10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Where there are references below to advice for England, check the advice for Wales and Northern Ireland as appropriate.
NEU members in Scotland should use the Education Institute of Scotland website rather than the NEU website in line with our partnership arrangement with EIS.
NEU advice on safe working practices
The NEU’s detailed advice on this is on a separate webpage here. It covers the need to minimise the number of students and staff at school and to establish, in consultation with staff, protocols for social distancing, contact with and between students, and hygiene and cleaning procedures.
NEU advice for school leaders
The NEU has detailed advice for school leader members which you can find here, including on how to minimise the number of students and staff at school and to establish protocols for safe operation of the school when it is open and for maintaining appropriate arrangements for students and staff who are at home.
NEU advice for supply educators
The NEU has detailed advice for supply members which you can find here, including on continuing to work in schools and colleges and on the Government's "furlough" scheme for those unable to work.
- NEU advice for special schools
NEU advice for Independent schools
The NEU has detailed advice for members working in independent schools which you can find here, including on continuing to work in schools and colleges and on the Government's "furlough" scheme for those unable to work.
The Covid-19 crisis means that school leaders, teachers and support staff are working in new situations and new ways in order to meet the challenges they face every day.