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 […]

UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

Updated Guidance – COVID-19 and disabled, shielding or other vulnerable workers

UNISON has updated the guidance on COVID-19 and disabled, shielding and vulnerable workers. If you are disabled, pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition you should take extra precautions to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic and may previously have been told to ‘shield’. People who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may be particularly […]

Schools Press Release: response to Gavin Williamson statement

Dated: Tuesday 6 July 2021 Government’s “alarming” approach abandons children to the risks of Covid, says UNISON Responding to the announcement from the education secretary today (Tuesday) that school bubbles and self-isolation are to be scrapped from 19 July, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “The government’s alarming approach abandons children to a highly transmissible virus spreading […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]

Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption

Education unions issue joint statement Four education unions representing teachers and support staff on Tuesday calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

UNISON campaign urging voters to show support for Public Service Staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched Monday (26th April 2021) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out […]

The Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]