Back to school in September? Government needs a better plan.
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
Supporting Learning during coronavirus and the five Cs that can help
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.
The NEU's 10-point plan for education addresses the needs of all children and young people.
See the stories of NEU members across England, who only want wider school opening when it’s safe
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.
What you need to know about exams, teaching and learning during the coronavirus crisis.
What you need to know on how to protect and keep yourself safe during the coronavirus crisis.
Parents, pupils, school staff and everyone in our communities want schools to reopen more widely, but only when it’s safe.
NEU advice and FAQs for members in post-16 colleges regarding Coronavirus Covid-19.
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.
Ten points you need to know about racial disparities in COVID-19.
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.
Ten things you need to on educators phoning pupils at home during the coronavirus crisis.
What you need to know about Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) during the coronavirus crisis.
We outline our own five tests we think the Government must meet before moving to the further opening of schools.
This is a worrying time. The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t just impact on physical health; mental health can be affected too. To help you explore some of the wellbeing issues you maybe experiencing an NEU professional development webinar has been developed.
The NEU thinks schools should not use an approach to learning at home which is solely online. Here are what schools can do to support students without digital access to continue with learning.
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.
Information and guidance on your rights if you are pregnant or on maternity leave
Ten points on supporting vulnerable children who are at home during the coronavirus crisis.
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
During this crisis, many education staff are being asked to draw up plans for distance learning and educational activities students can do from home.
The COVID-19 pandemic is posing serious challenges to schools, colleges, childcare and social care providers.
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.
This guidance is specifically for NEU Black members and should be read in conjunction with our general advice on ensuring safety for staff at greater risk.
Individual employers are being left to decide if it is safe for their school(s) to open more widely and when by Government policy.
This guidance gives advice for NEU members who are in clinically vulnerable groups, or who live with or care for people who are clinically vulnerable, or who are in other groups known to be at higher risk.
Ten points to ensure staff protection during the coronavirus crisis.
Ten points on the role of secondary schools in supporting student mental health and wellbeing during this period of change and school closures.
The key 15 points of clarification arising from HMRC’s amended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance.
Ten points on the role of primary schools in supporting child mental health and wellbeing during this period of change and school closures.
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
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
Schools are closed and there are lots of different opinions on what learning will look like over the next few months. In this unprecedented time, parents cannot expect that their children will be accessing a normal timetable or individual support on a regular basis.
Read our advice and guidance for secondary school educators.
Read our advice and guidance for primary school educators.
Advice for educators on GCSEs, AS, A levels and BTEC
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.
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.
School leaders need clear guidance based on scientific evidence, but instead they are confronted by a Government which is rushing through ideas that seem more based on hope than on science. A poor plan, such as this one, risks failing children, parents and staff alike.
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.
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.