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Responding to guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England on shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“The Government have issued important guidance less than eight hours before national lockdown measures come into force, putting schools into a very difficult position.

“The NASUWT has been calling for guidance and other measures to keep staff and pupils safe during what is an unprecedented time for schools.

“Ministers now need to go further and issue more robust measures to protect all staff, including clinically vulnerable, pregnant, disabled and BAME teachers.

“There is widespread evidence of rising Covid-19 transmissions within schools and colleges which need to be tackled as part of a credible national plan from the Government to ensure the safety of staff and pupils.

“If Ministers are to secure the trust of parents and staff throughout the autumn and winter, they must come forward urgently in the coming days with a robust and comprehensive plan to ensure that all schools and colleges are safe whilst they remain open to all children and young people.”


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