NEU help and advice pages comprise FAQs and other guidance which address common employment workplace issues and are entirely problem focused.

They are not intended as a substitute for telephone or face-to-face advice, but are additional to the support provided by school and college reps, districts, regional offices and our offices in Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you require more detailed advice, or are unable to find the answers you are looking for, contact Adviceline.


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Management

  • Practical tips to help when asked to attend an urgent meeting with the head or principal at short notice without being given an agenda or an indication of its purpose


Marking

  • The Independent Teacher Workload Review Groups were established by the DfE to report on, and suggest solutions to, unnecessary burdens associated with marking, planning and data management.


Maternity

  • As well as statutory maternity rights, most teachers are also covered by the maternity rights scheme for teachers, set out in the Burgundy Book national agreement on conditions of service.

  • The legal definitions of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.


Medical conditions

  • Advice for teachers and support staff on the administration of medicines

  • A guide to what anaphylaxis is, and how to support pupils at risk

  • Guidance on what asthma is, what can trigger it, and how to support pupils at risk

  • Guidance on issues regarding pupil incontinence, and how schools can adopt policies to help.
  • Information and guidance for school staff to support the uninterrupted education of children with diabetes.

  • How to tackle the problem of head lice in schools, including facts about head lice and head lice treatment

  • Advice on what precautions to take when a case of viral hepatitis arises in a school or where a known carrier of the disease is a pupil in the school.
  • Advice on the appropriate hygiene procedures for schools which will help to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis A, B and C, and conditions such as dysentery.
  • General advice about how to manage cases of infectious illness in schools, including when children should be absent.
  • The symptoms, treatments and preventative measures that should be taken in schools to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.
  • Issues which often arise in relation to medical assessments at work.
  • Some of the most common issues arising in relation to medical reports prepared by GPs, occupational health physicians and other health professionals on behalf of employers, pension scheme trustees and health insurers.
  • Information about meningitis and what should be done when an outbreak occur in a school.
  • Advice for school staff to support the uninterrupted education of children with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia.


Mental health

  • Excessive workload is a key cause of mental health problems among teachers and education professionals. This advice explains what to do if you are struggling with mental health and outlines the different ways you can get support.

  • This charter, when followed, will help to ensure that the way work is organised does not cause or contribute to ill-health.

  • A stress risk assessment is a careful examination of what in a workplace could cause staff to suffer from work-related stress, so that you can weigh up whether you have done enough, or should do more to prevent harm.
  • Excessive workload and working hours are continually cited by teachers as one of the main causes of their workplace stress. This advice explains how to tackle stress at a local level in your workplace.

  • If someone is threatening imminent suicide call 999 and stay with them until the emergency services arrive.


Mentoring

  • Advice for trainee members on the role of a mentor, how to work best with your mentor and what to do if you feel you are not being supported.