Priority testing – sign the petition

It takes a whole team to keep schools and nurseries running.

But when government minister Matt Hancock announced a new list of workers eligible for priority COVID-19 testing in England, in education he only mentioned ‘teaching staff’.

We have asked the government several times who this covers and when it comes into practice as it seems to completely ignore vital staff like you. Staff who make up over half the workforce, and whose job it is to make sure pupils are safe, fed and supported. So far, helpful civil servants haven’t been able to interpret what the minister meant.

If you can’t get a test when you need one, it disrupts your work and leaves you and your family in the dark about your health. That’s not good enough.

When the government announces the details of its priority testing scheme, we want all education staff to be on the list.

Please sign our petition, share with your friends and colleagues, and let’s tell the government to make you a priority.

Sign the petition

Be on the safe side

Health and safety has never been more important. We’re really proud of the thousands of health and safety reps across the country, UNISON members just like you, who are helping to spot problems and report unsafe practices.

Could you join them? We’ll give you all the training you need and be there for you every step of the way. You’ll be learning new skills, supporting your colleagues and making work safer for everyone.

Find out more

We’re in this together. Please join our community of school staff from all over the UK on our Facebook page, where we share news and updates and hear your views.

If you need support, please get in touch with St Helens Branch on 01744 676971 or

Best wishes,

Jon Richards
UNISON Head of Education