Our advice is focused on the safety of the whole school community.

Safety in schools

Our latest safety demands

The updates that have been made to Government guidance are last minute and partial. NEU and other education unions have published updated guidance to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spread and any disruption to education. The joint unions have also published updated guidance for staff at greater risk.

The NEU is calling on the Government to have a plan B for schools which includes:

  • Vaccinations, including boosters, protect staff, their communities and the provision of face-to face education. Ideally staff and pupils should also test daily.
  • Risk assessments should be updated to reflect Omicron data and must fully address individual circumstances.
  • Where ventilation cannot keep CO2 at safe levels, supplemental ventilation, such as a HEPA filtration unit should be provided
  • Face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school teaching and communal areas.
  • Classes should not mix to cover staff shortages. Instead mixing should be minimised. Face to face meetings should move online – where not possible, they should be social distanced.
  • Teachers should not cover for planned absences, nor support staff cover for absent teachers unless individual agreement is reached.

As term progresses, you can rely on your union's support in seeking to protect you while you continue to deliver education to students.

The latest National Education Union (NEU) reports on Covid-19 education data, drawing on ONS reports on regional patterns, infection in school age children, school attendance tracking, vaccination levels and deaths and hospitalisation.

What you need to know

Specific advice

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    Coronavirus: officers

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

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    Coronavirus: leaders

    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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    NEU Cymru

    Information, advice and resources for NEU Cymru members.

Advice for member groups