Schools/Early Years Update – Coronavirus

Section 44 Update This is the latest advice from National Schools Sector following their meeting on Thursday 7th January. The use of section 44 is once again a backstop – we used it on a blanket basis because of the situation faced. Now we are encouraging branches to seek to negotiate with employers and use […]

Schools Update RE: Planned Lockdown in England

The National Schools Committee met on Monday 2nd November to agree the union’s position on including schools and nurseries in this month’s planned lockdown in England. The below update is correct as of Tuesday 3rd November 2020: UNISON’s National Schools Committee wants the best education possible for children and young people and for schools and nurseries […]

School Safety Update

With schools starting to reopen we know this may be a concern for some of our members. In order to support members, UNISON has produced the new materials below, including an important new joint union guide for vulnerable staff. Risk Assessments Risk assessments are a number one priority. Before staff return to work, schools must update and […]

School Members – Report for UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work

This survey is around UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work. As a group that are considered more at risk from Covid-19, this survey was released by UNISON to gather information from our members, this has been filtered for those who consider themselves school staff. It was completed by 808 members in completion, and 11 […]

UNISON in Schools response to government plan for schools in September 2020

The UK government have produced a detailed plan for all children and young people to return to full time education in September 2020. “Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall. Covid-19 secure […]

Plans for full return to Primary Schools to be postponed

“The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government. There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break. But it is no longer thought to be feasible and […]

Wider opening of schools – 1st June – Our position

There appears to be some confusion about UNISON’s position regarding the wider opening of schools on 1st June. I would like to clarify that we are NOT advising our members not to go to school on 1st June, we are advising members not to actively engage in planning for 1st June (calling parents to see […]

BCC Vulnerable Residents Support Helpline

Birmingham City Council has launched an emergency response hub to ensure access to support is available. This is for the most vulnerable citizens in the city who have no assistance from family or friends and need help from voluntary organisations and community groups for support, which may be provided by the council or the voluntary […]

Coronavirus advice for Schools (FAQ’s)

From Monday, schools became only open for vulnerable children, and those whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that in England the aim is to provide support in school for an estimated 10% of pupils. The government is clear that any children […]

Covid-19 education closures – from UNISON National

Following government decisions to close schools, colleges and early years settings from the end of Friday 20 March, UNISON continues to have discussions with government departments and employers across the UK about the implications for staff. The government is asking schools, and all childcare providers, to provide care for children who are vulnerable, and children […]