We know this is a really anxious time for school staff in England and many of you will be unsure of where you stand with regards to returning to work on 1 June. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue to produce robust advice for members. We are having final discussions over the next couple of days with the Department for Education, the Secretary of State and other education unions, before the government makes a final decision on whether to go ahead with expanding pupil numbers in primary schools on 1 June.

Once the final position of the government is made clear on Thursday at the official lockdown review, we will issue further advice for members.

In the meantime:

  • Make sure you have sent in the members’ letter to your head teacher (https://www.unison.org.uk/model-letter-for-school-members/)
  • Check with your school to see if they are engaging with UNISON and other unions.
  • Has your school shared their opening plans with your, their risk assessment, how they will ensure your safety and what date they are proposing to open?
  • Contact your local UNISON branch if you have urgent concerns (http://branches.unison.org.uk/

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