The BBC has the article on it’s website – see link below:-
Our right wing newspapers have always had a downer on the teaching profession so it’s no surprise that in the debate over when schools should return to being open (other than for the children of key workers and vulnerable youngsters) that it uses the issue to teacher bash. The Children’s Commissioner wading into the matter telling Government and teaching unions to ‘stop squabbling’ is frankly unhelpful too. By using such a phrase she probably inadvertently gives the impression of an equal battle where both sides could well be in the wrong. However, in my view, school staff are very much the victims of the back to school approach of HM Government.
A while back and before the somewhat arbitrary date for some primary school years to return was set by government I read this from the NEU:-
It struck me as a very sensible document which clearly laid out and in a concise way the concerns of teachers and school staff in general.
The real issue here has been the lack of constructive/meaningful engagement with teachers representatives in the back to school process BEFORE the arbitrary date of June 1st was set for English primary schools.
We never seem to learn the value of good industrial relations in the UK and keep making the same old mistakes yet those making the mistakes/missteps then use the press to attack the victims of flawed consultation or in need non-consultation! That those who work in schools expect their unions to be be fully consulted is a given, it’s not rocket science for goodness sake.
Get off the backs of school staff, they are not the problem here and they have the support of the vast majority of parents.
It’s not wrong to expect a safe working and learning environment to be fully mapped out before orders to get on with it are are handed out from Downing Street.
Click on the NEU document to enlarge for reading