You can also contact Education Support, which offers a free 24/7 helpline with fully trained counsellors on hand to listen. UNISON welcomes this change as wearing face coverings will protect drivers and other transport users. We’re the UK’s largest public service union, with over 1.4 million members. If you don’t know who your local UNISON rep is, check for your branch secretary in the contacts pages on this site or the UK site branch finder or get in touch with UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857 See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies. UNISON RESEARCH. Aberdeenshire UNISON home care member Shona Craig describes how things have changed for her since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Green Book is negotiated by UNISON and the other support staff unions and contains the following clause: “An employee who is prevented from attending work because of contact with infectious disease shall be entitled to receive normal pay. It uses Bluetooth technology to track contact between app users, alerting individuals when they have come into ‘close contact’ with someone who has subsequently tested positive for coronavirus. Schools must comply with Government requirements, by ensuring that staff and pupils in Year 7 or above wear face coverings in communal parts of the premises and on dedicated school transport and taking other measures to reduce mixing and maintain social distancing. Members who are unhappy with proposals or are aware that their school has not talked to the union should contact their branch. 0-5 year olds continue to have the lowest confirmed rates of coronavirus of all age groups, and there is no evidence that the new variant of coronavirus disproportionately affects young children. If you are instructed to carry out deep cleaning duties and you are not employed as a cleaner you should make clear to your manager that this is not your role. Suitably experienced teaching assistants should only be those those whose job description already includes this occasional responsibility, usually Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs, working at levels 4 and 5 according to the NJC model job profiles), and who are paid at the appropriate grade. Please ensure your school has a copy. Join UNISON and get essential cover wherever you work. Any arrangement for a HLTA to lead a class should be reviewed and agreed with the staff member on at least a fortnightly basis. The importance of these measures cannot be overstated. This is in line with the NJC Green Book (guidance which covers the overwhelming majority of schools) which states that employers should be fully supportive of employees with childcare responsibilities and consider flexible working arrangements including working from home; adapting working patterns to care for children or dependants; or taking time off, whether this is special leave, annual leave or flexible working. For example, closing classrooms to pupils for an afternoon a week and using this time for staff to take PPA and for the school to be deep cleaned. Schools should also follow alerts from the app to self-isolate when directed. When calling this number members should have their UNISON membership number to hand. It is important that face coverings are used in addition to other protective measures and that wearing them does not lead to the relaxation of social distancing and regular hand washing, etc. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that those care homes which offered full contractual sick pay to their staff carried lower risk of infection to their residents. Any member of staff volunteering for this duty must be given full training and an individual risk assessment – see the joint union guide for vulnerable employees. The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, and you might need support with anxiety about being in the workplace, stress from juggling caring responsibilities or coping with bereavement or isolation. UNISON has produced FAQs about your rights at work during the coronavirus crisis. Schools should not permit routine movement between bubbles which undermines other safety measures. UNISON continues to raise this with government. UNISON, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. UNISON believes that when a pupil or member of staff develops coronavirus symptoms or receives a positive test result within a bubble the rest of the bubble should move to studying from home. The government has asked schools and childcare providers to provide care for children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Contact the branch for further advice. 31 March 2020. This is why settings need to plan for their most vulnerable pupils/learners now rather than slavishly follow DfE guidance in the hope that everything can carry on as normal. This is the model UNISON letter for members to email their Head. The DfE guidance also states that any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms, or pupils who have been in close contact with them, do not need to self-isolate unless: they develop symptoms themselves; if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive; or if they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace. UNISON Cymru/Wales will post updates on its, UNISON Northern Ireland will post updates on its, Limit bubble sizes to a maximum of 15 pupils per class or 50% of the school’s usual class size, whichever is smaller and will ensure 2m social distancing, Staff should remain within their bubble at all times with no crossover working, Black staff (the government uses the term BAME), Staff living with or caring for a family member who is medically vulnerable at higher risk, Staff who are otherwise anxious about returning to work. Maximum efforts need to be made to ensure that there is a fully integrated system nationally and locally. UNISON strongly disagrees with this guidance. We will notify members by email when new FAQs are added. Headteachers should be satisfied that the person has the appropriate skills, expertise and experience to carry out the work, and discuss and agree any proposed changes in role or responsibility with the member of staff. Please speak to your UNISON branch if you are concerned about the safety measures in your school. If you have any concerns about your working environment please contact your branch for further advice. UNISON believes this should be planned for in advance rather than reacted to later. Cover supervision should only be for a teacher’s short-term absence from the classroom where the absence was not known about in advance (for example to cover short-term sickness). Ensure only those fully trained and equipped with the relevant protective equipment are involved in any deep clean. If you are not sure who you should contact for help, or where to find the information that you need, this section of the website will help you find it. No. The DfE’s guidance has a section called ‘Prevention’ which specifically deals with this. The overwhelming majority of school members, including in academies, are covered by protections under the NJC ‘Green Book’ terms and conditions.

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