Guidance on political impartiality in schools – Friday 18 February 2022

This week I report on new guidance on political impartiality in schools, updated 1st aid guidance which now includes information for early years providers, confirmation that all 5-11 year olds will be offered Covid vaccination and the Covid workforce fund for schools has been extended to Easter.

Guidance on political impartiality in schools
New political impartiality in schools guidance has been published which aims to help teachers and schools navigate issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the legacy of the British Empire or societal responses to racism in accordance with the law, which states that teachers must not promote partisan political views and should offer a balanced overview of opposing views when political issues are taught.  Alongside this an information pamphlet is available for teachers and staff.

Guidance for employers in early years, schools and colleges on first aid provision
This week the DfE published updated first aid guidance including adding information for early years providers.

Covid update
The Health Secretary has confirmed that all 5-11 year olds will be offered one of two doses of a paediatric version of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine during April.

The government has extended its Covid workforce fund for schools until 8 April to cover supply costs at schools facing “significant staffing and funding pressures”, so they can continue to “deliver face-to-face, high quality education to all pupils”.