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Welcome Back! Long Covid Campaign The   NASUWT   is   campaigning   for   education   and   health   and   safety   policy   to   support   teachers   who   are suffering from Long Covid. Long   Covid   is   the   condition   where   people   who   have   had   Covid-19   continue   to   experience   persistent symptoms   of   the   illness   that   typically   last   for   more   than   12   weeks.      It   is   characterised   by   significant health   impairments   that   continue   after   the   initial   infection.   Symptoms   include   extreme   fatigue   and shortness of breath, leading to exhaustion after even minor activity. Although   duration   and   severity   vary,   there   is   no   apparent   link   to   pre-existing   conditions   or   levels   of fitness,   but   there   is   some   indication   that   ‘soldiering   on’   through   a   Covid   infection   makes   Long   Covid more likely. The NASUWT Campaign will: raise awareness of the experience of teachers who are suffering from Long Covid; call   for   statutory   recognition   of   the   illness   within   legislation   and   inclusion   in   the   definition   of disability under the Equality Act 2010; challenge   education   employers   to   support   teachers   experiencing   Long   Covid   and   ensure   they   are treated fairly by: guaranteeing access to decent sickness absence provision; recognising Long Covid as an illness; and making   reasonable   adjustments   available   at   work,   including   the   right   to   time   off   and   access   to flexible working. The Union is also: seeking to address the current inadequacy of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) in responding to cases of teachers who are unable to continue working because of Long Covid; demanding   financial   compensation   for   teachers   who   have   contracted   Covid   as   a   direct   result   of their work. Take action: Email your elected representative at www.nasuwt.org.uk/LongCovidEmailCampaign Share our social media posts on: Facebook Twitter - using hashtag #RecogniseLongCovid and #LongCovid
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Advance Notice for the Next General Meeting Wednesday 11th May 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. Please contact us at casework.leeds@nasuwt.org.uk for the link. Big Question Survey 2021 Open Now! It    is    now    more    important    than    ever    for    you    to    share    your experiences    of    teaching    through    the    NASUWT’s    Big    Question Survey. This     is     the     only     annual,     national     survey     of     teachers     and headteachers   and   your   responses   will   provide   a   unique   insight into the challenges you faced during this unprecedented year. We   are   acutely   aware   that   many   of   you   have   already   supported the   NASUWT   by   completing   several   surveys   during   this   critical period,   but   this   is   definitely   the   most   important   one   for   our   Union’s vital work. With   your   help,   we   will   gather   crucial   information   on   the   difficulties faced   by   teachers,   students   and   families   during   the   coronavirus pandemic and its impact upon education and wellbeing. The   2021   Big   Question   Survey   will   collect   the   views   of   teachers and    school    leaders    across    the    UK    on    a    range    of    subjects, including: pay and pensions; pupil health and wellbeing; pupil behaviour; bureaucracy and workload; teaching quality; your health and wellbeing; and job satisfaction. Members can complete the survey by clicking on this link. www.nasuwt.org.uk/EnglandBigQuestion2021 Far from fair On   23   March   2021   home   secretary,   Priti   Patel,   announced   an overhaul    of    the    UK    asylum    system.    She    has    badged    this announcement as ‘fair’, but the reality is anything but. For   the   first   time,   whether   people   enter   the   UK   legally   or   illegally will   have   an   impact   on   how   their   asylum   claim   progresses;   the Government’s   proposed   amendments   suggest   that   only   those   who arrive   via   a   ‘legal’   route   should   be   helped.   But   the   thing   is,   less than    1%    of    the    world’s    refugees    get    chosen    for    resettlement schemes,   which   are   the   main   ‘legal’   route.   Should   the   rest   just stay   and   accept   their   fate?   Or   should   they   do   everything   in   their power to help themselves and their family?