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

School safety

Rising cases

The continuing rise in infections and new data on pupils has led the union to call for a two week "circuit break" around the October half term.

We wrote to the Prime Minister and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, laying down our national education recovery plan to ensure that education continues, safely, for all pupils.

While we want schools and colleges to stay open to all students as long as it is safe to do so, your safety, that of your students, their families and society as a whole, must be our priority.

COVID-19 map for schools

schoolcovidmap.org.uk aims to make coronavirus data easily available to parents and staff.

Join us in keeping schools safe:

Share the website, contact your MP, and share our demands for greater safety in schools.

Check your safety

With the reopening of schools and colleges in September, the NEU published its joint union checklist and guidance on September reopening to assist members and reps.  The NEU also has advice for staff at greater risk.

If you do not have a rep in your school, volunteer to meet your head/principal and go through the checklist.  We can support you to ensure greater safety for you, your colleagues and pupils.

If you think that matters are not safe in your school, visit our advice page for NEU reps to read more about what to do next and how to seek support.

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 - reps

    Guide for National Education Union workplace representatives and how to support your members during coronavirus outbreak.

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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.

What you need to know