With increased staff absence due to Covid-19, increased anxiety among our colleagues, and an ever-changing landscape, supporting and managing our teaching colleagues is a priority for school leaders this year. Employment law expert Jane Hallas offers some tips

This autumn term is proving as challenging for schools as the summer term with rising infection rates, new rules and guidance from the government, and a tiered approach across England, with Wales and Scotland applying different restrictions.

Understandably many employees are experiencing feelings of anxiety and stress, and it can be challenging for headteachers and business managers to know how to deal with such issues, as well as trying to ensure children’s educational needs are met.

The government has made it very clear that schools must stay open – so how should you manage the challenges that this unique situation presents? Here are my top suggestions for managing the current situation from an employment law perspective.

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