NEU Coronavirus update 12th January 2021


Monday 25th January

5:30pm via Zoom

Register here

From the reports we have received so far, including our meeting on Friday, it seems that schools in Tower Hamlets are generally taking a cautious approach and are not overwhelmed with large numbers of children – we hope this situation will continue.

We will get a more detailed briefing to you in due course but here is a summary of some our key principles – all in line with government advice

  • risk assessments should be reviewed and updated
  • children should attend school only if absolutely necessary
  • group sizes should be kept small – we suggest 10-12 as a maximum (smaller for special schools)
  • children should not mix between bubbles
  • movement around the school site should be kept to a minimum
  • staffing should be kept to the minimum required to meet the needs of children
  • where staff can work from home they should do so
  • on no account should all staff be expected to attend work

The NEU is pressing the government to change its policy that nurseries, nursery classes and special schools to open for all children – in the meantime we are working with colleagues to make sure numbers in these settings are kept as low as possible.

REMEMBER: every measure that is put in place must be with the aim of reducing movement and close contact and, therefore, reducing the risk of transmission of the virus.


We are looking at ways in which we can support members in sharing ideas and resources for distance learning during lockdown.

As part of this we are working with colleagues in other parts of London and have organised a TeachMeet on Sunday 17th January at 4:00pm.

This will be a quick fire, “here is something I did“, “have you tried this?” format, which I think could be quite exciting – if you have something you would like to share do let me know.

Colleagues can register here.


Our next scheduled District meeting is on Monday 25th January at 5:30pm.

We have sent all NEU reps a booklet containing motions that have been submitted to NEU Conference. Tower Hamlets and the City NEU can prioritise six for debate. We will vote on this at our next meeting. If you would like a copy of the booklet, please email

If the situation faces schools changes we can organise a meeting for Reps if necessary – in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice, information or support.

12th January 2021

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