Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis has offered to step in as an emergency supply teacher for any school in his constituency hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Gullis had been working in a secondary school in Birmingham prior to be elected as an MP in December and says he has now written to all primary and secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove, and Talke.
He says he will work at least one day a week in effected schools with the possibility of an extra day in the run up to GCSE exams.
In a video shared on social media he said: “This is causing a strain within many of our public service sectors and I am delighted the chancellor announced £30 billion plus whatever the NHS needs to tackle this crisis.
“I know that I can only play a small part in this but the way I want to help is by going into schools and acting as a supply teacher.
“I used to be a secondary school teacher and will help all primary and secondary schools as best I can across Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove, and Talke.
“So I will give up every Friday to go into those schools and after the Easter break look at doing alternative Thursdays until the end of the academic year.
“I know this is a small piece of help but I hope it will go a long way to help students who are about to sit their exams as well as help the schools that are in need or have a shortage of teachers to be able to carry on with their duties as much as possible.”
Mr Gullis says he is willing to help schools in the local area as long as he remains symptom free.
He added: “I apologise that this means I may not be able to visit as many businesses or people as usual but we are in extraordinary times and feel it’s important we all step up and do our bit where possible.
“I will do my upmost to find venues and hold regular surgery’s on a Friday evening or Saturday morning.”
The announcement comes as some European countries have already put schools on lockdown after the World Health Organisation declared coronavirus a pandemic.
In the United Kindgom there are 798 people who tested positive for coronavirus – with four in Staffordshire and one in Cheshire East. No one has yet tested positive in Stoke-on-Trent.