NEU Cymru Education Recovery Plan – February 2021
The National Education Union (NEU) education recovery plan sets out how to reopen schools and colleges in a safe and sustainable way.
The NEU education recovery plan sets out how to fully reopen schools and colleges in a safe and sustainable way.
Department of Education NI introduces scheme to help support substitute teachers during the current six-week period of school closures.
During the current desperate public health situation, it is imperative that the way schools operate during lockdown does not make matters worse.
We need early years settings in lockdown to prioritise the safety of staff, children and communities and with no financial detriment.
NEU along side NI teacher unions (Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council) have written to the First and Deputy First Minister to highlight concerns regarding Special School Provision during the current lockdown.
To support schools, Department of Education, Northern Ireland (DENI) has prepared phase specific information.
Suggestions from NEU members working on health and safety issues.
Blended learning is an educational method that combines online learning with traditional classroom interactions. It requires the presence of the teacher while allowing students control over place, time and pace of their learning.
Information for NEU members working in primary schools on providing education to students at home, as they would when they are in the classroom.
Information for NEU members working in SEND schools on providing education to students at home, as they would when they are in the classroom.
Information for NEU members working in secondary schools on providing education to students at home, as they would when they are in the classroom.
Learn more about members' experiences and the NEU's advice on remote learning and our innovative platform to support you and your colleagues in delivering effective remote learning.
Updated guidance in light of the current crisis in public. These replace the actions set out in the letter to schools of 31 December 2020.
Seventy-fourth SAGE meeting on COVID-19, 22nd December 2020 Held via Video Teleconference
National Education Union action on unsafe educational settings to apply to Northern Ireland members
Leicester secondary rep Sylvia McNeil describes how she negotiates during a pandemic
This guidance for Northern Ireland provides the latest advice on absence, pay arrangements and staffing matters linked to COVID-19.
The NEU is advising all teacher trainees to finish their placements in early December.
Local authorities and multi academy trusts that have agreed with the NEU’s position on CEV workers.
Robert Poole, NEU Secondary rep, Greater Manchester, talks about how he became an NEU Rep, and achieved a successful pay campaign at his workplace.
The school attendance figures for last week show a shocking increase in the disruption coronavirus is causing to our schools.
What you need to know on supporting vulnerable students and staff during the coronavirus crisis.
Advice for members and reps on how to protect and keep yourself safe in the workpplace during the coronavirus crisis.
Swindon primary rep Fran King describes how acting collectively led to a successful safety campaign.
Wirral primary rep Andy Heywood describes his successful safety campaign.
Telford Special school rep Donna Macdonald describes her successful organising campaign.
What you need to know about exams, teaching and learning during the coronavirus crisis.
Oldham rep Noo Khadem describes her successful safety campaign.
The NI Executive has announced that schools and other education settings will have the half-term holiday break extended from 19 to 30 October, reopening on Monday 2 November.
Guide for National Education Union officers on how to support your members during coronavirus
Advice on workload and working in school or at home during the coronavirus crisis.
Ensure performance related pay objectives are reasonable in the current circumstances
All union risk assessments for national and regional offices
Guidance for reps and officers on virus outbreak response escalation.
This guidance has been developed for education settings, to support a safe reopening of schools in line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s “Coronavirus Executive Approach to Decision-Making” published on 12 May 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to specific issues in special schools and for SEND in mainstream schools.
Advice on pregnancy and maternity and childcare rights during the Covid-19 crisis
This guidance sets out the steps members can take to ensure that parents and carers are not disadvantaged during the Covid-19 crisis by their childcare responsibilities.
The National Education Union councillors’ network thanks Marcus Rashford for speaking out about his family’s personal experiences and is calling on the Government to fully fund a summer holiday offer for learners.
Advice for NEU members in Wales during the coronavirus crisis.
Guide for National Education Union workplace representatives and how to support your members during coronavirus outbreak.
There are huge pressures on families during coronavirus but students have also learned and developed many skills and aptitudes at home.
There are many ways schools and colleges can keep students connected and intentionally promote a sense of belonging
Despite the uncertainty, there are opportunities- and practical reasons- why we need creativity and flexibility in our approach to the curriculum during coronavirus.
Starting from students' experiences, generating a motivation to learn and making learning relevant is really important during Coronavirus.
Prioritising the well-being and welfare of staff and students really matters as we plan and reflect on learning during coronavirus
Take a look at the five Cs which we think can help you to support students throughout the next academic year.
Summer 2020 provide LAs an opportunity to respond to the experiences of children and young people during lockdown, offered as a minimum to disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people, to support their well-being and health this summer.
See the stories of NEU members across England, who only want wider school opening when it’s safe
This NEU survey of supply worker members on employment during the COVID-19 crisis opened on 24 April, receiving 1,966 responses. Most responses were received by 28 April, although responses continued to arrive until 14 May.
NEU/GMB/Unison/Unite have produced a commentary and checklist guide for primary schools.
NEU/GMB/Unison/Unite have produced a commentary and checklist guide for secondary schools.
NEU/GMB/Unison/Unite have produced a commentary and checklist guide for special schools.
We all want schools to open – as soon as it is safe to do so. The NEU’s five tests do not require a vaccine, which will be many months away.
Parents, pupils, school staff and everyone in our communities want schools to reopen more widely, but only when it’s safe.
Advice on specific issues relating to the residential sector during the coronavirus crisis.
NEU advice to members to ensure that arrangements are safe and appropriate whether students and staff are working at home or at school.
NEU legal advice if your school announces that it is open or planning to reopen for more pupils and asks staff to return to work at school before the lock down is lifted.
NEU advice on what you need to know during the coronavirus crisis.
Ten things you need to on educators phoning pupils at home during the coronavirus crisis.
We outline our own five tests we think the Government must meet before moving to the further opening of schools.
Ten points to support child mental health and wellbeing in primary and secondary schools as well as protecting mental health of staff in schools.
The NEU Hardship Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to members facing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
To help families get the information they need, the NEU has created a series of posters designed to be personalised for your school/college and emailed out to parents, carers, staff and students.
Statement from Lindsey Podolanski, Chief Operating Officer at Unity Trust Bank, regarding use of their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join Andrew Morris, assistant general secretary and Jayne Phillips, head of legal services for a telephone town hall conference call for supply members at 3.00pm on Monday, 30 March.
Coronavirus update call for members with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted at 6pm on Monday 30th March
The NEU is working to help ensure the health and safety of our members, their families and our schools as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The union supports the concept of regular mass testing for staff and students as one of the measures to help prevent schools and colleges becoming Covid-19 hot spots. This is an important control measure following the return to full opening in March.
Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable members regarding the right to continue to work from home when the national lockdown ends on 2 December
Our advice on ventilation in Covid-19 schools and workplaces.
Guidance for school leaders and health & safety reps including NEU advice on good practice and on privacy requirements.
Adopting rota systems in secondary schools and colleges can provide continuous education while helping to suppress the virus.
Staff who are at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus must be protected.
This is supplementary advice for peripatetic staff who work across a number of schools and/or undertake home visits.
In any normal year there can be great anxiety for students, parents, carers and education staff in and around results day. This year will be no different but will have the added complexity of the extraordinary situation for awarding grades, appeals and entries into the autumn series.
Questions for union reps to ask about different aspects of plans for PRUs in September with the overall aim of making them as safe as they can be.
Inspection briefing and checklist for NEU health and safety reps to use during the coronavirus crisis.
Interim guidance for detailed submissions made to OFQUAL, DE, CCEA and others on awarding for qualifications Summer 2020.
Advice on medically vulnerable - whether clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) or clinically vulnerable (CV) - and higher risk groups.
Ten points on the wearing of face coverings to reduce the risk of transmission and on circumstances where medical masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) may be appropriate.
Ten points on how to protect staff mental health during the Covid-19 crisis.
The key 15 points of clarification arising from HMRC’s amended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance.
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Ten points on supporting vulnerable children who are at home during the coronavirus crisis.
Twelve points on exam cancellation for GCSEs, AS, A-levels and International Baccalaureate
Ten points on exam cancellation for GCSEs, AS-levels, A-levels and the Skills Challenge Certificate
Mark Langhammer, Northern Ireland regional secretary's shares his concerns on the effect of low isolation figures on Covid-19 transmission in Northern Ireland.
Insight into the Sunday Times investigation of the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
Mark Langhammer, Northern Ireland regional secretary's blog on social distancing, hiring more teachers, a 1 to 10 ratio, secondary spikes and a cautionary note from Azerbaijan.
How has Northern Ireland’s economy coped with lockdown, and how might the workplace change as we gradually emerge? By Mark Langhammer, Northern Ireland regional secretary.
Mark Langhammer, Northern Ireland regional secretary writes about why Government should only reopen schools when it is safe to do.
NEU’s Regional Secretary, Mark Langhammer's blog on NEU's ten demands for a proposed return for schools, colleges and educational settings.
Kirsty Williams, Education Minister Wales thanks the school community for helping the country in a time of national need.
Week of 30 March, Professor Scally published important articles in the Irish Times and Irish News which were widely read and debated, and get to the heart of the UK Government’s approach to the Covid-19 crisis. Prof. Scally’s article is reproduced here in full, without the need for further comment.
Boris Johnson has pressed ahead with this gamble on the wider opening of schools and colleges in one swoop and ignored the advice for a phased return.
Today the NEU launches a new Education Recovery Plan
In a survey of more than 2,500 National Education Union members, we asked staff working in schools in England and Wales to detail the impact of the pandemic on their disadvantaged students.
The National Education Union and the Daily Mirror launch Help a Child to Learn appeal with £1m for schools.
The NEU and UNISON have written to Gavin Williamson about the effect a significant extension to the number of pupils allowed back into school will have on Coronavirus transmission rates.
We are informing our members of their legal right to protection to be guided by the science. In order for viral levels in children and in the community to decrease to below R1 primary schools should not open in the first weeks of January.
Today, the National Education Union has taken the difficult decision to advise its members in primary and special needs schools, and early years settings, that it is unsafe to return to work on Monday.
SAGE told ministers that they needed to close schools to contain coronavirus, before Christmas.
NEU calls for new measures to ensure safe return of schools and colleges in January
NEU has today written to Gavin Williamson about his “inoperable” mass testing plan for secondary schools and colleges beginning in January.
The Office for National Statistics' latest infection survey shows that secondary-age pupils now have the highest rate of infection of any age group and, whilst it has fallen a little as a result of the half-term holiday, it is likely to carry on increasing.
150,000+ teachers and support staff back the NEU, as we call for Parliament lockdown bill to include schools and colleges
Boris Johnson continues to refuse to commit to Free School Meals in school holidays.
NEU Cymru comment on Education Minister's announcement on last minute changes to A level grades
NEU Cymru are extremely pleased to see that Welsh Government will be using extra money to support local authorities and local bus operators, including extra money for school and college transport.
Today's confirmation of business as normal for the content of most subjects next year makes insufficient allowance for the disruption this year and allows no contingency for any further disruption as a result of local or regional lockdowns.
NEU Cymru welcomes suspension of the categorisation system. It is important that safety is a focus ahead of September.
The NEU is seriously concerned about the minimal suggestions made in Ofqual’s proposals for exams in summer 2021.
Advice from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland guidance on School Restart Programme, including responses to the questions asked by NEU members at the recent Zoom meeting.
Today’s data show the proportion of pupils in class sizes of 31+ now stands at 13.4% across primary and secondary. This accounts for almost 1 million children, a shocking figure.
Leaks of proposals for school re-opening in September are not helpful. Schools and parents need to see from Government a clearly thought-out plan outlining the scientific reasoning behind a return for all pupils.
A joint letter of agreement has been agreed and issued further to the announcement confirming that as a consequence of the current exceptional circumstances, the start of the academic year 20/21 will be from week commencing 17 August 2020.
NEU Cymru clarifies issues surrounding wider opening of schools.
NEU launches call for funding for Local Government to co-ordinate 2020 Summer holiday offer for children and young people.
The NFER report shows that a quarter of pupils have limited access to IT at home. Gavin Williamson confirmed in the Commons last week that only around half of requests for the Government’s free laptop scheme for disadvantaged students have so far been met.
NEU Cymru welcomes Welsh Government guidance on schools' wider opening.
Trade unions set out five tests Government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return.
A snapshot survey of 4,016 members of the National Education Union, reveals continued problems with health and safety even before wider opening.
NEU Cymru welcomes no date set for opening schools in Wales. Like everyone, we want learners to be back in their classrooms. But not until it is safe to do so.
Unions with members in the education sector are today (Wednesday) publishing a joint statement on the safe reopening of schools.
These studies raise real concerns about the impact that a wider re-opening of schools would have on the rate of Covid 19 transmission and its incidence in families.
NEU Cymru welcomes the announcement that schools will NOT open more widely on 1 June.
As the Public Accounts Committee report makes clear, the Government approach on support has let SEND children down. Covid-19 means we have to put children's learning needs and interests at the heart of the offer in the classroom.
The General Secretaries of 10 teacher trade unions across the UK and Ireland have written to the Education Ministers in all 5 jurisdictions urging “significant caution in any consideration of reopening schools.
We were relieved to hear confirmation from the Education Secretary that schools and colleges will not be returning during the summer holidays. Lockdown is not a holiday.
For our members, parents and learners themselves, staying safe at this difficult time is critical. We look forward to hearing more details from the Welsh Government in the coming weeks.
NEU Cymru has welcomed the announcement by the Education Minister, setting out the conditions under which schools in Wales will reopen. The union agrees that the safety of staff and students alike is paramount.
NEU joint general secretaries have written to the education secretary Gavin Williamson about issues affecting supply staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NEU welcomes Ofqual’s announcement today on the regulatory arrangements for awarding this summer’s Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs).
We're pleased the Education Minister has focused on wellbeing in launching this policy statement. Like the Minister says, the wellbeing and safety of learners and education professionals alike is centrally important at this difficult time.
We are pleased to see that Government has listened to the NEU and others who have asked for FSM to be available throughout the holidays.
During this time of crisis school leaders, teachers and support staff are doing essential work – caring for the children of key workers and vulnerable children in Wales.
Analysis of the available Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance strongly indicates that supply staff will be covered within it.
The Covid-19 crisis means that school leaders, teachers and support staff are working in new situations and new ways in order to meet the challenges they face every day.
We know many of our members will be worried, so need strong and clear advice to schools, to back up the head teachers, who are having to choose which young people can be in schools.
Introductory webcast of 4 by NEU/NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) in a series of webinars looking at small group interventions.
This 90-minute webinar will look at elements of psychological resilience and how you can find your confidence through key resilience attributes as identified in significant global research.
The Covid19 lockdown will have unique psychological impacts on children and young people as they deal with disrupted routines, loss of personal agency and disconnection from family, friends and favourite activities.