Coronavirus continues to affect education, education professionals and the communities we serve. Below is an update for all NEU branch and district officers about how the union continues to respond to the pandemic.

Safety of staff, parents and students

As branch and district officers you have been at the forefront of negotiations and discussions with your local authorities, local employers and public health authorities during Coronavirus.

Continuing this work will be critical in shaping education in your area. Below is a letter we recently sent with other sister unions to all local authorities and public health authorities in England.

The NEU's advice for branches on engaging with public health authorities on wider local responses considers how to engage effectively with those authorities and also how to address issues in schools and colleges facing outbreaks.  You can also read our NEU advice for members and reps on when and how schools and colleges should respond to outbreaks.

During this time, we are asking NEU workplace groups to take the following steps relating to safety in their workplace available here.

Guidance for Officers

Joint union letter to LAs on Covid-19 safety in schools

Latest joint union letter to local authorities asking for urgent steps to help keep pupils safe in schools within their locality.

Coronavirus web bannerAdvice

The NEU strongly urges all members who are able to receive the COVID vaccine to take it. Here are frequently asked questions on vaccination for education staff.


How to hold a successful digital members or reps meeting

We have this short guide to help you deliver a digital meetings of reps and even members to discuss the checklist and ensure we represent members views collectively in discussion with your leadership teams.

Rep recruitment drive

Many members have already stepped up to become NEU reps and to become part of rep teams to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

If there is a member who wants to be a rep in your area, even supporting an existing rep, we are encouraging them to indicate they want to get involved using our form here.

Support for you

We are asking you as local branch and district officers to support reps and members during this time, if you require further assistance, please contact your region/Wales office.