One of the UK’s largest teachers union has stated that teachers should not be planning lessons or marking work during school closures due to the covid-19 outbreak.
The NASUWT teaching union explains that schools have been “repurposed to enable the provision of childcare for children of key workers and vulnerable children” and that “curriculum provision within schools is therefore disapplied”.
But guidance on the NASUWT website says teachers “may reasonably be expected” to create and share learning resources for those children who would otherwise normally be at school.
But it also says:
“The NASUWT expects that all teaching, lecturing or instructing, including peripatetic tuition, must be discontinued at this time.
“Teachers should not be expected to plan lessons to be delivered during the period of Covid-19 school closure” and they “should not be expected to undertake marking of work of children affected by Covid-19 school closure.”
This however has caused some confusion amongst teachers…
On Twitter, an English teacher said:
“My friend in the NASUWT has clearly been told that they are not expected to mark at the moment. Does the same apply to NEU? My department is being told to mark essays and booklets and put data in trackers as well as plan each lesson??”
A spokesperson for the DofE suggested that teachers refer to the guidance on the government website, which says:
“We understand that these are extraordinary times. The most important thing is that children of critical workers and vulnerable children are supervised and properly cared for at school.
“Emergency legislation will lift curriculum requirements for schools, giving flexibility to provide support, activities and education in the way they see fit.”
As with many elements of the current social climate, it seems there are mixed messages being sent…