It is too soon to say that the pandemic is over, and important to retain a cautious approach in the coming months.

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Though there has been extreme pressure on schools and colleges again in 2022, most staff have now had their double vaccination and booster.  Our focus has always been, and remains, on preventing educational disruption, which has meant recommending measures to keep staff and children as protected from the virus as possible in very challenging circumstances.  Prevalence is still high, and the pandemic is not over.  Covid-19 still has the potential to cause disruption to education, for example through new variants.   

The unions have produced a guidance on practical steps to reduce the risk of Covid-19 disruption in schools and other education settings – Summer 2022. This revised guidance has been issued by the joint unions (NEU, GMB, Unison , UCU and Unite) for use in schools, colleges and other settings from May 2022.

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