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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Education

We run 15 dedicated groups for members who need sector-specific support. Sector groups bring together recruiters with a common interest to lobby, champion best practice, and share knowledge.


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Get the latest information affecting recruiters for early years staff and meet other REC members in this sector.

We fight your corner and champion the positive impact you have on the economy, business and people's lives. Together, we're upholding standards and compliance across the childcare sector. Our key campaigns in childcare are:

  • Procurement – the CCS and NPS Supply Teacher frameworks
  • Immigration and candidate shortages
  • DBS checks
  • Pay of teaching assistants and other support staff
  • Temp to Perm fees
  • The role of umbrellas
  • Competition from online apps

Benefits of joining:

  • Regular networking meetings - make your voice heard
  • Stay informed on the latest issues affecting the sector
  • Prepare for legislation changes
  • Stay up to date on procurement frameworks
  • Guidance for supply teachers
  • Advice to help you develop your business

Update to the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

Under the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme workers that have been asked to self isolate, that are on a low income, unable to work from home and who will lose income as a result (of having to self isolate) may be entitled to a payment of £500 from their local authority.

When the scheme was first introduced one of the conditions for claiming the £500 support payment was that the individual must have been advised to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

The REC has been advised by BEIS that a change has been introduced to the scheme and individuals who are eligible can now claim the £500 where their employer has advised them to isolate.

Where individuals have been asked to self isolate by the school they are currently working in, the school should provide the individual’s personal details to NHS Test and Trace to allow them to provide the individual with an NHS Test and Trace Account ID, which will allow them to apply for the support payment from their Local Authority.

To support this, the Department for Health and Social Care has launched the Self-Isolation Service Hub (020 3743 6715), a phone line open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, allowing a school to provide contact details of those individuals who have been asked to self isolate.

The process is as follows:

  1. The school learns of a positive test for an individual within the school
  2. A staff member at the school should speak with the person(s) who have received a positive test and note their NHS Test and Trace Account Number
  3. The school determines which staff should self-isolate and informs the individuals.
  4. The school should collate the contact details of these individuals
  5. A staff member at the school contacts the self-isolation hub on 020 3743 6715 and provides the hub with
    1. The NHS Test and Trace Account ID of the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
    2. The contact details of the individuals who have been asked to self-isolate
  6. NHS Test and Trace will then contact the individuals to formally advise them of their need to self isolate and provide them with an NHS Test and Trace Account ID
  7. Individuals who are not able to work from home and who are not being paid may claim for a self isolation payment through their local authority.

BEIS have confirmed that the procedure applies to ‘anyone on assignment in a school environment’, i.e. it includes supply teachers.

Workers that are eligible for the scheme will receive the payment on top of any other benefits or SSP that they currently receive - in line with the eligibility criteria.

 The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

Coronavirus guidance and support

We understand it is a very challenging time for the sector, and that members have some questions around what Covid-19 means for you. As well as our Coronavirus Hub, with a wealth of general guidance and support. We have also developed an Education Sector Specific FAQ document

We are aware that NASUWT has written to several members about Statutory Sick Pay for supply teachers. Please download our suggested template response (it opens as a word doc).

Union-led campaign against education agencies

Following our initial response to the campaign by the NEU and NASUWT regarding the use of agencies in the education sector, we have produced this letter for agencies to send to their clients directly.

We urge members to send this letter to your clients, to reiterate the important role that agencies play in the education sector, and to highlight the issues with the proposed changes in the unions’ campaign.

Join the Education sector group

If you’re interested in joining the REC Education sector group, contact your REC account manager at info@rec.uk.com or 020 7009 2100