With the NI executive decision to allow more pupils back to school we need you to ensure that your school’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment is updated.

Updated risk assessments and mitigations must be used to their full effect to ensure a safe school environment.

Lateral testing

The updated guidance also sets out the latest position on lateral testing in schools.

  • Teachers will not have to carry out tests for coronavirus in schools (pupils in years 12 to 14) and the new EA guidance from the EA and the PHA states that pupils should take the tests at home.
  • Special schools are not included in this programme as they participate in a parallel programme of LAMP testing which is managed through a separate project management structure.
  • NITC remain keen to engage with the Department to discuss what support will be needed for the roll-out of lateral flow testing in schools to be successful – but in a way that does not compromise safety in school – or add to the already unacceptably high workload demands on school leaders.

Any NEU member who comes under any unreasonable pressure with regard to any aspect of the testing process is advised to contact us by email.

Northern Ireland
Updated guidance for reps- March 2021

It is a legal requirement that employers must consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union or, if there isn’t one, a representative chosen by staff.