Throughout the covid-19 pandemic, NAHT has represented the views of our members to the government.
Following the announcement that attendance at schools would once again be restricted at the start of January 2021, we further refined these key policy positions. We have published eight key conditions to ensure a safe and fair recovery from the covid-19 pandemic for all school communities. A summary of some of our policy positions and campaigning priorities can also be found below.
You can also read a summary of key conditions for schools in Wales and further detail on our policy positions for Wales can be read here and a translated version here.
We have also outlined our key conditions for schools in Northern Ireland.
Our eight conditions to ensure a safe and fair recovery
NAHT is calling on the government to
1. Work with the profession to plan a safe and sustainable return to school. Current safety measures should be fully updated, and all school staff should be prioritised for vaccination.
2. Suspend routine inspections for at least the rest of the academic year.
3. Stop issuing top-down directives for remote learning provision. Give schools the freedom to implement an approach that works for their communities.
4. Confirm there will be no primary performance data and school or college-level educational performance tables published for 2020 to 2021. Urgently provide clarity to schools and colleges about the precise form secondary assessment will take in 2021.
5. Fully reimburse schools for all covid-related costs and lost income. Ensure nurseries receive the full funding they are entitled to.
6. Revisit its critical worker list so that schools can manage demand for places. The government should also amend the guidance for special schools, alternative provision, and nurseries so that leaders have the discretion to manage the number of pupils on site in line with risk assessments.
7. Urgently provide vital additional resources to support the mental health of both pupils and staff.
8. Act now to address the recruitment and retention crisis among teachers and leaders - covid-19 must not be used as a reason to impose a real-terms pay cut.
A summary of our key policy positions
A short summary of some of the short-term, ‘key asks’ we are making of the government at the current time can be found below or you can download this as a pdf here.
If you would like to get more involved in this campaign as one of our officials then please click here.
First published 09 February 2021