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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]