Unions call for expansion of free school meals provision

A joint-union letter, signed by UNISON, calls on the government to take an urgent interim step and increase eligibility. UNISON joined other education unions, this week, in calling on the government to urgently expand the free school meals programme to all families receiving universal credit or an equivalent benefit. A letter, signed by representatives from […]

Safe Schools for All

As you will be aware, in February 2022 the Prime Minister announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders. UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free until 1 April. Staff and […]

2022 Year of Disabled Workers graphic in purple and green

Blog: UK government should take notice of the new disability charter

The ground-breaking Disability Employment Charter, which UNISON co-founded, calls for a legal two-week limit in responding to reasonable adjustments In January, just as UNISON’s Year of the Disabled Workers began, the Westminster government’s National Disability Strategy was ruled illegal by the High Court. With over 4 million disabled people in work across the UK, only […]

Unions urge education secretary to extend free COVID testing

No 10’s Living with COVID plan ‘is likely to result in further illness and disruption to face-to-face education’ Education unions, including UNISON, have urged education secretary Nadhim Zahawi to extend the availability of free COVID-19 tests in England, beyond the end of March. In a letter to Mr Zahawi this week, the unions insist that […]

Covid Update – Schools

As you’ll be aware, the Prime Minister recently announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders. UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free till 1 April. Staff and pupils in specialist […]

UNISON’s Schools Committee statement on the current Covid staffing crisis

UNISON’s Schools Committee have agreed a statement on the current Covid staffing crisis, including requests for support staff to cover lessons, and the government’s guidance that says schools should consider merging classes. The statement also contains advice for members on cover issues. You can access it here: http://www.unison.org.uk/…/UNISON-Schools-Committee… Please note, UNISON members in school were […]

Enough is enough – Tracey Perry is Voting Yes

Tracey Perry is a Business Support Officer in Birmingham City Council, along with a Senior Steward for our Branch. The below video talks about why she is voting yes to strike action. Enough is enough.

‘Protect Pupils – Protect Education’ Online Day of Action

Thursday 9th December is the ‘Protect Pupils – Protect Education’ day of action. The rapid spread of COVID-19 is disrupting the education of many children, and there are now concerns about the Omicron variant. We’re calling on the Government to keep pupils safe to help keep them in school. On Thursday 9th December we are […]

UNISON in Schools Newsletter – Autumn 2021

The UNISON in Schools Autumn newsletter has now been released. With articles on: Voting yes in the pay ballot Stars in our schools An article on carbon dioxide monitors – have you got yours? The positive impact of teaching assistants on pupil progress Campaign for free school meals in Northern Ireland Click here to download […]

Help improve COVID-19 safety in schools

UNISON is asking members to email their MP to put pressure on the government to reintroduce COVID-19 safety measures in schools UNISON, along with GMB, NEU and Unite, is urging school staff and parents to email their MP to raise concerns about the surge in COVID-19 cases and related absences in schools since the start of the […]