|Covid-19 guidance updates
UNISON, NEU, GMB and Unite have published several updated guidance documents to reflect changes to safety measures in school settings in England:
The Government has chosen to remove most Covid safety measures in education and early years settings in England, a decision that UNISON strongly opposes. We are concerned it may well lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases and cause disruption in schools, particularly as most pupils are not currently being offered the vaccine and community rates are high.
We are also concerned that the ‘indicative’ thresholds for numbers of infections set by Department for Education (DfE) in its contingency framework are too high and risk leading to the further spread of COVID.
We therefore urge branches to contact local schools and early years providers to seek agreement to implementing the measures in our risk assessment checklist and guidance. The DfE guidance permits leaders to adopt these additional proportionate safety measures.
Our priority is to support schools and early years settings to put in place measures to try and avoid the disruption, lost learning, and illness we saw at the end of the last term.
Model escalation procedure for dealing with serious local health and safety failings
We have updated our model local escalation procedure and template letter, which can be used in the event of serious health and safety failings.
The escalation procedure’s aim is to seek immediate remedial action to keep pupils and staff safe in school.
Branches should liaise with their regions if they need to use this procedure or template.
Read the updated escalation procedure
UNISON letter to Secretary of State on Contact Tracing
UNISON has written to The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP raising urgent questions and concerns over new contact tracing procedures.
We fear these new government procedures could see many close contacts in education settings remain un-traced through the new system, meaning they will not even be identified or advised to get a PCR test.
Read the letter
Support numeracy for #Checktember!
Feeling confident in numeracy is a very useful skill that many struggle with. Brushing up on numbers can help members be more confident at work.
Please support National Numeracy’s campaign for #Checktember and encourage members to spend as little as 10 mins a day boosting their number confidence and skills though the National Numeracy Challenge.
The Challenge can help you to understand your current numeracy level and enables you to quickly improve with tailored learning resources.
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