National Education Union Covid-19 data report – 11 June 2021

This is the latest of weekly National Education Union (NEU) reports on Covid-19 education data from the past week, drawing on ONS reports on: • regional patterns of Covid-19 cases • Covid-19 infection in school age children and any impact on community transmission • deaths and hospitalisation • school attendance tracking • vaccination levels

Advice on safety in schools

UNISON, GMB, Unite and NEU. have called on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools

With infections on the rise once more, four unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures in schools and colleges to limit coronavirus spread, keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures.

Support for members

Read our Q&A advice for members.

The NEU will provide support to members in any school or college where there are concerns about safety.   Details of how to escalate matters in your workplace and if necessary contact your branch can be found here

Advice on safety

This updated joint union advice considers the measures which need to be in place in schools and colleges.  It aims to help ensure that risk assessments are reviewed and covers measures which need to be addressed to reflect the known greater transmissibility of the new variant and meet the requirements of full opening.  The joint union checklist for full opening in September 2020 has been updated and remains relevant for guidance on more detailed measures that should continue to be in place.

We must protect vulnerable and older members of staff who are most at risk if they catch Covid-19. The joint union advice on other vulnerable and higher risk staff remains in place and can be found here.

The NEU expects the following to be in place in all education workplaces when they return to full opening:

  • review of all risk assessments, in consultation with staff, in the light of the much higher transmission of the new variant;
  • measures to maintain distancing and minimise mixing in classrooms and other indoor areas;
  • face coverings worn indoors at all times, including in classrooms, by staff and students in secondary and by staff in primary and SEND settings, with any necessary exemptions;
  • clinically extremely vulnerable staff to be working at home in accordance with government requirements, and other clinically vulnerable staff, those aged 60 and over and women who in the third trimester of pregnancy to be working from home as well.

Arrangements should provide for the employment of supply and peripatetic staff where appropriate, rather than putting obstacles in the way of this.

Recovery Education Hub

The Recovery Education Hub is your place to network with 450,000 NEU members to get advice, support each other and shape recovery education following the coronavirus pandemic. The hub aims to put education professionals at the heart of developing practice which supports teaching and learning during the months and years ahead.

Covid-19 testing

Advice on the Covid-19 testing system can be found here Coronavirus: testing in schools and colleges | NEU

What you need to know

Specific advice

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    Coronavirus guidance and FAQs

    NEU advice to members to ensure that arrangements are safe and appropriate whether students and staff are working at home or at school.

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    Coronavirus - leadership advice

    The NEU is committed to helping you ensure safety in the workplace for all staff and students in schools and colleges during this very challenging time.

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    Coronavirus: officers

    Guide for National Education Union officers on how to support your members during coronavirus

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    NEU Cymru

    Information, advice and resources for NEU Cymru members.