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It is the hard work of our reps that is making a real difference in helping to secure safer workplaces and maintain learning provision for pupils.

  • Author: Dr Patrick Roach

    General Secretary

    Dr Patrick Roach became General Secretary of the NASUWT in 2020, following ten years as Deputy General Secretary and having worked for the Union since 1998.

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HeartUnions Week (8-15 February 2021) provides a timely opportunity to celebrate the role of our workplace representatives in schools and colleges in ensuring the health and safety of staff and pupils.

Over the last 12 months, NASUWT members have been incredible-keeping children safe, providing education and making the difference.

Our reps in schools and colleges across the country, working with members, have been amazing-ensuring that members have safe places to work.

After an extremely challenging year for everyone, it is the work of health and safety representatives and workplace reps working with school and college employers who have helped to create and maintain covid-safe and covid-secure practices which benefit employees and students -making sure that essential safety mitigations are in place, supporting vulnerable colleagues, ensuring that appropriate arrangements are in place during the lockdown and challenging inappropriate practices relating to remote learning. This is on top of the other huge challenges they and all teachers have faced in supporting their pupils through the impact of the pandemic.

As the time when more pupils will begin to return to schools and colleges from the current lockdown draws closer, the input of reps and members will be critical to ensuring the safe wider reopening of schools and colleges.

It is the hard work of our reps that is making a real difference in helping to secure safer workplaces and maintain learning provision for pupils.

HeartUnions Week is a great time to salute the fantastic work of our reps. And this is a great time to think about becoming a rep. We’ve already seen many more members stepping up in the past year. Our online webinars are a great way to find out about how you can become active and be part of the NASUWT voice in your workplace.

Where members are organised collectively and supported by workplace reps, workplaces are likely to be safer, happier and more productive places to work and learn.

We are stronger with the collective engagement of all of our members. Making workplaces safer, influencing employers and government, and winning stronger public support for teachers and for education.

I want to thank each and every one of our reps for the incredible work they are doing to support members and to urge those of you who are not yet active to get involved.

Standing together is the best protection as we continue to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of members.

Let’s work together to secure the education recovery we need and build a better future from the pandemic.


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