High level of Covid amongst school support staff – DfE data

Estimates put 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of teaching assistants and other staff are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown.

Lockdown? What Lockdown? Unions demand answers on number of children in schools

UNISON and NEU demand answers from Education Secretary about the number of children being allowed to attend schools during the lockdown, and also correct statements he made about our advice to members.

LATEST – advice for school members

In UNISON’s view, it is unsafe for school staff to attend the workplace at present if your school is fully opened to all pupils. We have issued advice and guidance about how to inform your Head Teacher of your statutory right not to attend an unsafe workplace,

You are doing us proud! Dave Prentis message to school workers

As we mark ‘Stars In Our Schools’ this year, General Secretary Dave Prentis pays tribute to schools workers.

Extra bank holiday for 2022

The government has announced an extra bank holiday in 2022. Moving the late spring bank holiday will mean a long weekend with Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June becoming bank holidays.

Chartwells backs down on threat to sack school catering staff

Private school meals provider, which also operates in North Yorkshire, backs down on plans to sack 10 school kitchen workers before Christmas following a campaign led by UNISON.

School workers should be allowed to wear face coverings

UNISON says the government should be taking the lead on the wearing of face coverings in schools, not leaving it to individual Head Teachers.

Clearer guidance still needed on face coverings in schools in England

Government should issue new guidance to allow pupils and school workers to wear face coverings if they wish.

Staff, vulnerable children and safety must be the priority for September

Ministers must work with school staff and unions to agree safe ways of getting pupils safely back to the classroom in September.

Local Government Pay Ballot

Ballot papers have gone out this week to all our members who work in local government, schools and the National Parks, following confirmation of the final offer in respect of the 2020/21 pay claim.