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 […]

Safer Schools Plan – UNISON’s recommendations

UNISON’s recommendations for safer re-opening of schools in England The government announced on 27 January that it hopes to re-open schools in England on 8 March. UNISON believes that school re-opening should only happen when the science says it is safe, when school risk assessments have been updated, and when appropriate safety measures have been […]

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 […]

Coronavirus: your rights at work

UNISON is working proactively with the UK governments and other bodies to keep you safe at work. On 4 January 2021 national lockdowns were announced for England and Scotland. New guidance has been published on what restrictions are in place and they can be accessed here: The Government’s Advice for England For sector-specific advice see: […]

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 […]