Health and Safety

For many of us this is the greatest challenge in our lifetime.

We would like to say a huge thank you our educators, the heroic NHS staff and the key workers who continue to do an amazing job in such difficult circumstances.

The impact of coronavirus has become an everyday challenge for us all as we all strive to overcome this pandemic. We know how difficult it has been for many of our educators and we would like to extend our thoughts firstly for your safety and wellbeing and also that of your loved ones.

Our advice in this difficult period is to follow the government guidelines at all times and to put the health of yourself and everyone you come into contact with above everything else.

The UK government has a dedicated site here. The updated guidance as of 07/04/2020 advises:

  • stay at home.
  • only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
  • if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • do not meet others, even friends or family.

The NHS has a dedicated site here. The main health advice updated as of 07/04/2020 advises:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Educators come into contact with a lot of people and usually in a dynamic way, meaning their efforts to continually support students can often put their health at risk. We must place the health of our family and the wider community first and we must ensure we protect the most vulnerable people in our community by controlling the spread of the virus as best we can. Only by overcoming the virus might our lives return to some degree of normality.

We wish you, your family and friends good health now and in the future.

Income Support

The government has announced several income support strategies to help workers during the outbreak and keep the economy moving.

Full guidance on what may be available to you can be found here.

Vision Teaching, along with our payroll partners, will make sure that everyone who needs help and guidance during this difficult period can be pointed in the right direction and thus seek the right financial support.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is the most likely income support that Vision Teaching and our payroll partners will seek to help support our workers. It is available to help those whose income has been halted by the coronavirus outbreak and to allow employers to keep paying staff rather than make redundancies. However, like with every policy, there are eligibility rules and it may not be the only support available to you.

If you are not eligible for Job Retention, you should at least explore Universal Credit. It is able to support people in a wide range of circumstances that may not be currently eligible for the main Job Retention Scheme above.

If you have any questions about income support from the schemes mentioned above, please email accounts@visionteaching.co.uk in the first instance.

Staff under contracts continuing through school closures should make sure they adhere to school expectations since they are being paid as normal (even if under reduced hours).

School Closures

The UK government closed most schools on March 20th, 2020. Since then many schools have remained open to very small numbers of pupils, mostly those of key workers and children under the support of local authorities.

Sadly, for many of our educators this meant that the work we are normally able to provide on a daily basis has reduced almost to zero. Many of our staff are now at home, under lockdown guidelines with social distancing firmly in place.

For our students, exams have been cancelled, curriculum is now being led online and there is no certainty of when schools will re-open. Whilst we are hopeful it will be at some stage during the summer term, it will be on the advice of our scientists and medical professionals advising government. This is necessary to reduce the risk to workers and students in schools and to support the ongoing effort of the NHS.

Many of the Vision Teaching team are working from home in a reduced capacity, making every effort possible to keep ahead of short-term and long-term recruitment while continuing to support their schools and educators. We are ready to move on all opportunities once schools re-open, with many using this reduced contact time with students to bring forward making hiring decisions. Please see the section on "September Recruitment" below.

Office Closure

We have temporarily left our main office at Tower 42 under the social distancing guidelines advised by the UK government. Most of our staff are now working from home where possible. Over the last two weeks, we have learnt a lot about the potential challenges of not being physically present in our office.

We are making changes to how we operate based on your valuable feedback – these pages will demonstrate some of those changes and will be updated as often as possible.

A full list of office closure dates and key contacts can be found here.

September Recruitment

Please let us know if you are looking for a role in September by emailing careers@visionteaching.co.uk. Although many schools are unsure of when they will start interviewing for September, we have over 250 live vacancies and that number is growing daily.

With the majority of students not being in school, leadership time has often been diverted to hiring and other key decision making. Schools are keen to interview, and we have now set up our Skype interview service to make sure you do not lose out on future work opportunities as a result of the current lockdown.

The UK government has asked employers to be flexible when it comes to contract notice periods to help kickstart the economy when social distancing is relaxed. As a result, there may be new opportunities arising sooner.

You can always take a look at our current opportunities by clicking here.

Community Links

During periods of social distancing or self-isolation we all experience new challenges in our personal lives and at times may feel lost in the effort to follow government guidelines. We will try to post as many good ideas as we can to keep our community active and positive during this challenging time. Please keep an eye on our social media pages below at the bottom of the page.

If you are not in self isolation, consider helping your local community by signing up to apps like NextDoor or keep an eye on your Twitter or Instagram and try to reach out to others that need more support. Of course, you should always prioritise your health and safety in the process.

Please find below a list of ideas that offer a useful alternative to Netflix and Disney+:

  • Plan your day - the days may roll into one long event and setting smaller goals and activities may break up the monotony.
  • Connect – make sure you speak to friends and family as often as possible to help keep positive and create happiness in your circle.
  • For those interested in meditation and relaxation, there are several websites that offer resources such as Headspace, free for teachers.
  • Find and contact your local Care Home to see if you can offer any remote support or help with any services they need.
  • Browse through YouTube – there are plenty of self-help and help-others videos
  • Reach out to neighbours and offer to collect groceries or basic medical supplies to reduce the number of people visiting supermarkets and shops.
  • Take up a new hobby and start something you never had time for!