Throughout November an extensive programme of webinars and training programmes – open to all members, reps and officers – is on offer.

All sessions will offer the chance to interact with speakers and ask questions. There will also be opportunities to take part in a range of online rep/officer training courses. Full details of each week are below:

Revisit

A selection of sessions from the month are available to view.

Week four:

Monday 23 November

1.30 – 3.00pm - Being a Health and Safety Officer – Part 3

(see Monday 9th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

3.30 - 5.00pm - Being a Health and Safety Officer – Part 3

(see Monday 9th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

Tuesday 24 November

2.00 - 3.00pm - Air Pollution - A Trade Union Issue?

Hilda Palmer - Manchester Hazards Centre

Levels of air pollution across the UK are at unsafe and illegal levels. Over 2,000 schools and nurseries in England and Wales are located in areas with illegal levels of pollution. Faced with this threat to health what can trade unions do to protect pupils and staff?

Register here

Chair – Jenny Cooper, Branch Secretary Brent NEU and Vice-Chair of NEU Organising Forum

3.30 - 5.15pm - Work-Related Stress as a Collective Issue

Stress was one of the biggest H&S issues for educational professionals before Covid and remains a heightened issue in the current situation. This 105-minute online session is for all H&S Reps and Officers/Advisers who have completed either the online or face-to-face H&S rep training. The focus will be on making workplace stress a collective issue.

Register here

Wednesday 25 November

7.30 - 9pm - Women in Work – Action on Domestic Abuse

Karen Carberry, Lead Equality Organiser for Women – Organising and Learning and Sandra Bennett, Legal Officer: Law and Rights at Work and Sally Thomas, Policy Specialist, Gender Inequality

A 90-minute webinar to launch the NEU Domestic Abuse model policy toolkit. With panellists from the women’s charity sector, political representatives and NEU leadership, we will discuss the impact of abuse in the workplace, why we need to act and how to use the new resources. Open to all.

Register here

3.30 – 5.00 pm - Becoming a H&S Rep – Part 3

(see Wednesday 11th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

Thursday 26 November

1.30 - 3.00pm - Becoming a H&S Rep – Part 3

(see Thursday 12th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

3.30 - 4.30pm - Round up of Health and Safety Month

Question time panel chaired by Amanda Martin, Past President NEU.

An opportunity to reflect on the events that have taken place over the month, share good practice and seek advice from a panel of experienced lay officers and other experts on outstanding health and safety questions.

Register here

Friday 27 November

1.30 - 3.00 pm - Becoming a H&S Rep – Part 2

(see Friday 20th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

Friday 4 December

1.30 - 3.00pm - Becoming a H&S Rep – Part 3

(see Friday 20th Nov for Part 1 and booking a place)

Wednesday 2 December

3.45 – 4.45pm Outdoor Learning – Secondary

This webinar will explore taking the curriculum outdoors in a secondary setting and how this can have a beneficial impact on the learning and development of children and young people. It will focus on how to use outside space effectively and creatively for subject specific learning to enhance problem solving skills and contextualise learning. It will discuss how to translate classroom activities to the outside, working with the outdoor space available.

It will cover:

  • Practical techniques in using outdoor space for learning
  • How to develop outdoor lesson plans
  • Understanding on the research of outdoor learning
  • Inspirational ideas for simple grounds changes to enhance outdoor learning and play
  • How to overcome barriers to using the outdoors for learning

This webinar will be run by Learning through Landscapes a leading UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children and a reputation as the UK’s leading school grounds educational charity. They help children and young people to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors and have fun.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis to members.

Register here

  • A View from the Regulator

    5 Nov 2020 with Andrew Kingscott - HSE Head of Public Administration, Education and Volunteers

    Reflecting on the early findings from the spot check inspections to assess COVID compliance in schools and the wider current and emerging health and safety issues in schools.

  • Thinking of becoming a Health and Safety rep?

    5 Nov 2020

    What the role involves and shared experiences with our panel of recent recruits. Hear from NEU health and safety reps who took on the role during the COVID-19 crisis, including their challenges and achievements.

  • Online Safety and Impact of Covid 19

    6 Nov 2020 with Karl Hopwood, Online Safety Expert, esafety Ltd

    The latest trends and developments in online safety including the impact of COVID-19. Considering the latest research and summarising the latest guidance for schools.

  • COVID is not an excuse to abandon other preventative measures

    13 Nov 2020 with Tim Tregenza, Network Manager European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

    The presence of COVID does not mean that other hazards and risks have gone away. This challenge can only be met though an effective risk assessment and management process with the full engagement of workers.

  • Asbestos: Investigating and Taking Action

    13 Nov 2020 with Hank Roberts, NEU Executive

    We have known that asbestos kills since the Roman times where slaves mining it were dying. Why are people in the UK still dying from exposure to it, including in schools and colleges? More important still, what can we do about it?

  • Air Pollution: A Trade Union Issue?

     H&S Month 13 Nov 2020 with Hilda Palmer - Manchester Hazards Centre

    Levels of air pollution across the UK are at unsafe and illegal levels. Over 2,000 schools and nurseries in England and Wales are located in areas with illegal levels of pollution. What can trade unions do to protect pupils and staff?