Covid-related absences are on the rise in both primary and secondary settings, among staff and pupils.
More than 200,000 pupils were absent for Covid-related reasons on 25 November and, since then, infection rates among school-age children have risen further, in particular in London, the South East and the East of England.
Education staff have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic and, according the Office of National Statistics, are 26 per cent more likely to catch Covid-19 than the general population.
This week we received the fantastic news that the forced academy order for West Gate School has been revoked. This is a testament to the hard work of staff, school leaders, and the governing body.
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The National Education Union (NEU) was extremely disappointed that, in his announcement of 'Plan B' measures yesterday, the Prime Minister made no mention of schools, despite cases rising so fast leading to so much disruption of education. More than 200,000 pupils were absent for Covid-related reasons on 25 November and, since then, infection rates among school-age children have risen even further.
We welcome the Department for Education (DfE) guidance communicated to school and college leaders late yesterday, including news that Ofsted inspections will not take place next week for early years, school and college settings, or for secondary schools in the first week of the January term when onsite asymptomatic testing is expected to take place.
The election for the Deputy General Secretary closed at midday on 29 October 2021 and Niamh Sweeney was duly elected.
Nominations are now open for two Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Membership & Equalities Officer. The NEU website has the timetable.
City of Leicester NEU has nominated:
- Phil Clarke for Vice President
- Hazel Danson for Treasurer
- Louise Regan for Membership and Equalities