The Government cannot wait weeks or months to see the impact of the new variant in schools and colleges before taking further action to limit the spread of the virus. Tougher measures are now required to protect pupils & staff

Dec 28, 2020 · 1:26 PM UTC

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Without the appropriate tools and safeguards in place, teachers, headteachers and support staff risk fighting a losing battle to keep schools and colleges covid-safe.
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Teachers cannot teach and children cannot learn where their health or safety is at risk. That risk is increasing and will continue to do so unless appropriate action is taken immediately to ensure that schools and colleges do not contribute to the spread of the virus.
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Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
All children aged 10 + in masks in class. No teachers in school if vulnerable. All children with any illness sent home to isolate with remote learning in place. Older children with blended learning 2-3 days at school & rest at home. Or just in for practical sessions like unis
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Gloves are pointless the virus is droplet and aerosol spread. I would recommend clothes removed at door when home and washed. Better science on ventilation needed. If classrooms cold will make them more like food processing plants - doesn’t virus like those temps more?
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Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
I genuinely don't know what the answer is. What I do know is that tomorrow, like many other teachers, I need to start planning my lessons. Planning for online is v different than planning for ace to face lessons. The govt need to make an informed decision, and make it now.
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@NASUWTCymru has @wgmin_education been sent a similar letter?
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Continuing to lobby @WG_Education for a safe return to schooling, social partnership meetings held this week and we're now engaged in a WG Health and Safety group. You could say too late, but its moving.
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School closure does not mean that teachers aren't teaching. They're teaching remotely which is harder than teaching in the classroom. Many have been doing both, at the same time (teaching in the class whilst also teaching to those at home isolating).
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Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
In sure @Keir_Starmer will be backing the unions
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