Schools & Academies in England, Member Update – 29th May 2020
GMB understands this is a really anxious time for school support staff and many of you will be unsure of what you can expect and where you stand in relation to the wider reopening of schools from 1st June. The DfE has made clear though that Monday 1st June is not a mandatory date for the wider reopening of schools and indeed many schools will be opening to a wider group of pupils later than this.
You can read the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the reopening of schools here, which covers many of the concerns being shared with us. It does not cover every eventuality but hopefully it will be useful in providing you with some reassurance about what you can expect. Your safety matters and as always if you have any specific concerns, which are not addressed in the FAQs, please get in touch with your branch or regional organiser, or contact us at the Schools Team London email address.
GMB has made clear throughout, that it is willing to work with government on the issue of schools opening to more pupils and GMB nationally is continuing to meet with DfE, TUC and all Education Unions to ensure the voice of school support staff is heard and their interests are represented. This is so important as school support staff make up over 50% of the school workforce.
If your school is reopening on Monday, please make sure you are safe and comfortable with anything that is being asked of you.If you do feel unsafe please speak out and if you are asked to do anything which is not part of usual role and places you (or others) at risk it is ok to say no. As you know, GMB has written to all Head Teachers outlining its expectations for its members health and safety and GMB does not expect Head Teachers to be making unsafe or unreasonable requests. Whilst during this crisis we all need to