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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd May 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings he held with the National Education Union on the proposals outlined in the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020 prior to that statement being made.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department has worked closely with the sector, including unions such as the National Educational Union (NEU), and will continue to do so over the coming weeks to support the wider opening of schools, colleges and childcare settings. Throughout this process, the Department has hugely valued the dialogue we are having with unions and school leaders to inform our decisions, and we need to maintain this dialogue.

Details of engagement with NEU:

  • Weekly meetings with senior policy officials and key stakeholders including main teaching unions, governance, social care, school trusts and local government;
  • A weekly meeting with wider stakeholders including support staff, further education and school business organisations;
  • A weekly meeting between my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, and the main teaching unions and stakeholder groups; and
  • Ad hoc additional stakeholder meetings to address key issues as and when they arise.

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