Update: 18th November

With the Covid case rate continuing to rise in Tower Hamlets – now at 257 cases per 100,000 – we know that things are becoming more difficult in schools.

Sadiq Khan was absolutely right when he described school staff as heroes for going “above and beyond the call of duty” at our London NEU meeting last week,

Below is an updated joint union checklist which addresses the latest situation and also a short briefing on use of the NHS Test and Trace App in schools.

We are continuing to work with Reps to address issues of concern to members and have been supporting Reps in meetings with headteachers – so please do not hesitate to contact us if there are issues that need addressing in your school.


It is important to note that the provisions for Directed Time for teaching staff have not been abandoned during the pandemic, so schools should be making sure that the core work carried out by teachers falls within the allocated 1265 hours. You can find out more here.

We will be discussing the latest situation and our advice to members at our meeting on Monday 23rd November so please do register to attend.


NEU members at the Support for Learning Service (SLS) will be taking strike action on Wednesday 9th December – this is against the proposals to cut funding which includes job cuts, pay cuts and changes to contracts.

We want members in schools to support their colleagues in the SLS by signing this petition and we would encourage you to call a school meeting on 9th December and invite a colleague from the SLS.

A reminder that we are seeking nominations for ten delegates to attend the online NEU Conference in April 2021 and for vacancies on our Committee.

If you would like more information about this please do not hesitate to contact us.

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