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 […]

UNISON North West “concerned” about PPE stocks for pupils and school staff

UNISON in the North West has expressed its fear that there will not be enough PPE to go around for school workers and pupils when schools reopen next week. Earlier this week, the Government changed its guidance to schools by mandating secondary school pupils in local lockdown areas to wear face coverings in communal areas. […]

Term-time update November 2019

UNISON has always argued that holiday entitlement for term-time workers suffers from a lack of legal clarity. This is because they are required to work during term-time weeks for about 39 weeks, and are required to take their holiday entitlement, which they are paid for, only during school closure. Term-timers are in continuous employment, unable […]

Schools consultative ballot update

A Big Thank You to all who participated in the School Consultative Ballot. I am very pleased to say that the contribution you made resulted in the response from St Helens being one of the highest in England. Well Done! The Consultative Ballot results confirmed that UNISON members: overwhelmingly think that Government funding cuts ARE having a […]

Schools funding cuts consultative ballot

UNISON represents around 250,000 school support staff across the UK and those members do fantastic work to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and keep schools running smoothly But, life is getting harder in our schools so we are running a consultative ballot of our members about their pay, terms and condition and […]