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School Attendance November

The school attendance figures for last week show a shocking increase in the disruption coronavirus is causing to our schools.

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Coronavirus - officers

Guide for National Education Union officers on how to support your members during coronavirus

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Coronavirus: New School Day

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.

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Coronavirus - reps

Guide for National Education Union workplace representatives and how to support your members during coronavirus outbreak.

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Summer Holiday Local Offer

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.

Only when it's safe
Only when it's safe

See the stories of NEU members across England, who only want wider school opening when it’s safe

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Children’s Commissioner

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.

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Write to your MP

Parents, pupils, school staff and everyone in our communities want schools to reopen more widely, but only when it’s safe.

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Coronavirus guidance and FAQs

NEU advice to members to ensure that arrangements are safe and appropriate whether students and staff are working at home or at school.

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NEU hardship fund

The NEU Hardship Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to members facing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Supply members town hall conference call

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.

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Coronavirus update call

Coronavirus update call for members with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted at 6pm on Monday 30th March

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MPs' town hall

Conference call for Members of Parliament at 2.30pm on Friday 27th March

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Coronavirus

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.

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AGENDA

Supporting children and young people to make positive relationships matter.

Advice

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Coronavirus: ventilation and temperature

As winter approaches, staff and students will be spending more time indoors. Ventilating indoor work areas, whilst at the same time ensuring a comfortable working temperature, will become more and more challenging.

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Guidance for results days in 2020

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.

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Create Box

Not all home learning environments are equal. Put together Create Boxes for children in your school.

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Coronavirus : safe home-based working

Although most NEU members will be have been back in school/college from September, some will be working from home, either because an individual risk assessment deems it necessary or because of a local lockdown.

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Coronavirus - keeping yourself safe

Our major priority, during this awful crisis, is the health and safety of our members who are continuing to go to work to care for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.

Blog

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Coronavirus: Should we trust the UK Government?

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.

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DfE on Primary Assessment

Teachers require an assurance that the results of key stage 2 tests in 2021, which cannot possibly be a measure of the quality of a school, will not be used as a measure of accountability.

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Independent SAGE

This is a welcome intervention by Independent SAGE, which once again exposes the enormous blind-spot that Government has towards schools.

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Education Committee on Exams

The National Education Union agrees with the Education Select Committee’s conclusion that exams for 2021 must take account of the differential impacts of access to education across the country.

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EPI on School attendance rates

With high numbers of pupils and staff having to isolate as a result of Covid cases in their school, Govt decisions are doubling the difficulties faced by disadvantaged children and young people.

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Latest Attendance Figures

The latest figures on school absence add to an ever-more compelling argument that Government needs to be vastly more assertive in its efforts to futureproof schools against the effects of Covid outbreaks.

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Proposal for Awarding Exams Grades in 2021

Five education organisations, representing school leaders, teachers, and governors, have submitted a set of joint proposals to make next summer’s A-levels and GCSEs as fair as possible amidst the ongoing disruption of the Covid pandemic.

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Coronavirus: School Closure Data

The Government’s inability to provide what schools need to ensure they remain open for as long as possible is unacceptable and will affect not only children's education, but the wellbeing of staff and students.

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EPI Annual Report

If the Government is serious about ensuring all pupils receive access to a good quality, equitable education they must put their money where their mouth is and put measures in place to lift pupils out of the grip of poverty and disadvantage. 

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GCSE Results 2020

We commend the students and staff who have supported them this year. They have shown great patience throughout the challenges of lockdown and last week's shambolic uncertainty. 

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Bigger changes needed for 2021

The Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union have written to Gavin Williamson the Education Secretary, setting out why the disastrous handling of this year’s exam results must never happen again.

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A level grades in Wales

NEU Cymru wishes many congratulations to those who have secured expected grades and we trust that the adjustment and appeals processes will be robust enough to deal with all anomalies that may have arisen.

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A-Level Results

The politics of results season 2020 has drowned out the most important point - that students must be congratulated for their hard work and patience through a difficult time for the whole nation.

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Ofqual Summer Symposium

Results from this year's extraordinary exams process are broadly comparable to previous years’ results, and the majority of students will not be disadvantaged by this year's process.

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Coronavirus: Investment in education

NEU Cymru welcomes an increase to the workforce. We believe that supply staff and those new to the profession will welcome the opportunity to provide extra support for those pupils who need it at this challenging time.

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Coronavirus: Schools in September

The Prime Minister's hopes are not enough. He needs a plan for more teachers, to ask teachers who have left the profession to return, and he needs to be finding extra spaces in which they can teach smaller groups.

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Coronavirus - NFER on Remote Learning

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.

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Coronavirus: Primary Schools

The government’s social distancing rules made it impossible for primary schools to admit all pupils before the summer holidays. Primary schools and secondary schools will not re-open to all pupils until September at the earliest.

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SAGE advice published

Today, two months since lockdown was introduced, the Government has finally granted access to some of the scientific modelling behind its proposal for schools to open more widely from June 1.

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The science on schools

It's really important that we are absolutely clear what the level of safety is and if it remains the case that we believe it to be unsafe, we will not back the wider opening of schools.

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NEU Covid 19 survey

NEU snapshot survey of over 2,000 school staff shows significant concerns about effectiveness of present social-distancing measures in schools.

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Remote Learning

Some pupils will need much more individual support than is possible, and many will need support for their wellbeing before any meaningful learning can take place.

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Letter to PM on school opening

In the light of speculation on the re-opening of schools and colleges, the joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union have called on the Prime minister for clarity on how the Government will make such a decision.

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School closure policies

The UCL review indicates that school closures are effective as part of a combination of tactics. Schools can only open safely on the basis of sound scientific reasoning. We are a long way from this point.

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BBC Education Service

In a time of crisis it is welcome that the BBC is not just informing and entertaining, but remembering the other part of their original mission statement: to educate.

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NEU issues guidance on distance learning

The NEU guidance on distance learning out today makes very clear what should be acceptable levels of workload. Normal education is currently suspended, and teachers should not be teaching a full timetable, or routinely marking work.

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Action for supply teachers

Supply teachers, agency teaching assistants and others working in the education sector must have proper financial stability, on a genuine like-for-like with their directly-employed counterparts.

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