1. Some local authorities have moved towards a system of school 'hubs', where students from different schools are brought together on one site.  The NEU thinks hubs should be used only when unavoidable. Where they are set up, arrangements for staffing and safety must negotiated with the Union.
  2. Hubs should only operate with student numbers up to, and not exceeding, 10 per cent of the normal capacity of that school site.  
  3. The NEU wants every local authority to co-ordinate all state schools, including academies and irrespective of type or legal status, during this health crisis. We think the LA should take responsibility for determining: pupil numbers and the location and number of hubs; negotiation of the staffing rotas and redeployment of staff; reasonable expectations for staff travel times; the operation of safeguarding measures; school meal provision, including the best way for the hub to provide meals to families eligible for FSM; arrangements for school transport; and insurance.
  4. It's hard for heads to plan ahead with any certainty but the objective should be that staff and pupils only move once. Risk assessments should be carried out before students move. Moving school can be an emotional transition for vulnerable students, or those anxious about Covid19, or their parent working in the NHS, and students will need notice, and support, to transition to the new environment.
  5. The NEU advises that at least one member of staff from each link school should always be at the hub. We think the hub requires one head or deputy to attend and either the presence of a designated safeguarding lead (DSL)/deputy or access to contact with a DSL by virtual communication. The rota and ratios should be negotiated with the NEU. School leaders will need sufficient time away from the hub, to lead and manage their other school. Rotas should be composed only of staff who aren't in vulnerable categories or living with people in vulnerable categories.
  6. The senior leader on site should take responsibility for completing the daily attendance return to the DfE on behalf of all the school students, irrespective of their original school.
  7. There needs to be a clear process for sharing access to safeguarding information. Senior leaders and DSLs need to have the emergency contacts, relevant health information (eg allergies) and other important information about students coming to the hub. This should include whether students have SEND, are entitled to free school meals, and what they particularly like doing. Children could prepare a visual information passport of what they enjoy or can help other students with. 
  8. Primary, secondary, special schools and PRU hubs should ideally be set up on separate sites. If this is not feasible, different students should be in separate areas within the hub. Primary students will find sudden and unplanned transitions to secondary schools overwhelming.
  9. The NEU recommends that students should study, read or play/exercise in small groups, using available spaces in a way which meets the social distancing/ 2 metre rule. Children from different schools should be supervised in different parts of the building, if possible, with staggered break and lunch times to avoid the opportunity for coronavirus to spread. Parents should be asked not to congregate at the school gates. Spending more time than usual (learning or exercising) outdoors is advisable, to promote health and minimise risk.
  10. No student or staff displaying the signs of coronavirus should enter the hub. Health and hygiene arrangements and social distancing protocols must be negotiated with the NEU and followed robustly. NEU guidance on safe working environments for staff is available on the NEU website. The LA should support all hubs to get arrangements in place to support staff and student safety, and supply the equipment that is needed to ensure good hygiene.