Sick leave

Long covid: what do teachers need to be aware of?

Long covid will impact teachers with a number of school staff suffering long-term effects. In this article, we look at the symptoms of long covid, what type of support you should receive from your school and link to further information.

What do I need to know about sick leave?

Every teacher will come down with an illness during some time in their careers and will take time off school to recover. It’s important to know what your employment rights are and the correct procedures to follow to ensure you can return to work in a healthy condition.

What is a phased return to work?

As a member of school staff you might have a phased return to work after a period of sustained absence from school. It might feel daunting to return to school after a long absence and the purpose of a phased return is to ease you back into the work environment gradually.

What is occupational health?

Occupational health can be an unfamiliar concept. Many workers are made ill each year because of the impact their occupation has on their health. Teaching is an occupation where you will be subject to high amounts of stress, mental health issues and risk of physical injury. Your school will most likely be partnered with an occupational health service to help assist you.  The NHS explains that occupational health will give impartial, objective advice supporting both yourself and your school.