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 […]

Schools and the virus -update

Teacher Unions called on Ofsted to cancel school inspections as the Coronavirus spreads. Amanda Spelman, the leaders of the National Education Union said they were “very concerned” the watchdog still plans to carry out school inspections. As a result of talks today, Ofsted has been given permission by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, to temporarily […]

Stars in Our Schools

Stars in Our Schools celebration day is on 29th November 2019. This day is dedicated to celebrating school support staff. School support staff are vital to help children learn, keep them safe, healthy and keep the school running smoothly; Yet they don’t get the attention they deserve despite making up half the school workforce. Schools […]