Coronavirus information for placements

Trainee teachers

As a trainee teacher, you need to ensure that you follow the protocols that your school has in place for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. As the government eases restrictions, schools have more autonomy over the decisions they make, therefore, it is imperative that you understand the expectations of your placement school before you attend. In our previous messages we emphasised the importance of looking after your own wellbeing and those of your loved ones - please do continue to look out for your colleagues in schools and each other as schools recover from the impact of lockdowns and remote learning.

Sandwich and short-term placements

UWE Bristol is committed to supporting our students to access placements and other work opportunities where safe to do so during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The UK Government have provided guidance on helping to reduce the spread of infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace.

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Please refer to the Government guidance provided, and seek further advice from your employer, if necessary.

You can also read the latest UWE Bristol coronavirus guidance for current students.

For any queries, concerns or change in your circumstances you can make a telephone appointment to discuss your placement or contact us at


It may become compulsory for students who have placements in health care, social work and education settings to be double vaccinated against coronavirus before going on placement. To avoid any delay to starting your placement, please arrange to have both your vaccinations as soon as possible. You don’t need to have both doses at the same venue, though they should be at least eight weeks apart.

There are walk-in clinics across the UK, many opening early and closing late. Find a walk-in clinic near you.

Please contact our Professional Practice Team if you are unable to access a clinic or cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.

EU and overseas students: If you’re travelling from abroad to study with us and aren’t able to be vaccinated where you’re currently living, there will be opportunities for you to have the vaccine when you arrive.

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