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Commenting on the Department of Education New School Day Guidance for the re-opening of schools to all pupils, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said.
 
“It is entirely unfair and unrealistic to expect schools to be able to respond effectively to this guidance with just one week before they are due to open fully to all students.

“Given the commitment to reopen schools fully for the start of the autumn term, Ministers must now commit the resources that will be needed to enable schools to implement the guidance and to reopen safely.
 
“Employers must ensure that the health and safety of pupils and staff remains paramount and that everything that needs to be done is done to enable schools to reopen safely.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“It is now abundantly clear that returning without the guarantee of social distancing will increase workload burdens for school principals and teachers. Without social distancing schools will have to implement more mitigating measures not fewer.

“The NASUWT reminds schools that they must consult with NASUWT school representatives in developing reopening plans while ensuring that these plans do not erode teachers’ contractual conditions.

“The NASUWT will monitor the situation closely in every school. The Union has written to every employing authority, advising them of their legal obligations to their employees, reserving our members’ legal rights and entitlements and setting out the actions we expect them to take to safeguard the health and welfare of staff.”
 

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