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Category Archives: Education

Join us for Schools Re-opening: Risks and Challenges

Join us at UNISON’s first trial national webinar session for school activists, branches and organising staff – at 4pm this Friday evening 5th June. School support staff are working in difficult and challenging times as schools re-open in England at a time of uncertainty. To help support UNISON’s members, organisers and activists you are invited […]

Latest COVID-19 news from UNISON in Schools

Advice for members in primary schools concerned about returning to work 1 June UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. We believe that it increases the risks to pupils, staff, parents and the wider community. This has been backed up by Independent Sage, a group […]

Joint union planning guidance for Secondary and Special Schools

Joint union planning guidance for Secondary Schools This joint commentary and checklist follows the expected structure of the DfE Planning Guide for Secondary Schools and will assist reps in secondary schools in challenging what is being unrealistically expected of school leaders. At the time of writing the publication of the DfE Planning Guide for Secondary […]

Guidance and template letter for vulnerable employees

UNISON has now published guidance for vulnerable employees along with a template letter wording to their headteacher to explain their circumstances. You can find a copy of the guidance below and it is also listed as a resource on our schools page here.   You can download this guidance by clicking on the link here.

Latest Schools Update

We know this is a really anxious time for school staff in England and many of you will be unsure of where you stand with regards to returning to work on 1 June. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue to produce robust advice for members. We are having final […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #6

Many of us will have watched on Sunday night the much built up televised statement by the Prime Minister who was supposed to outline the way forward for the nation in this Covid crisis. What we got took the government gross incompetence in how it has responded in this crisis to new depths. Aside from […]

Joint Statement from the Schools Unions

We have agreed a further joint statement from the TUC education unions. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a joint plan with the government for a safe increase in pupil numbers. […]

Important schools update and member survey

Prime Minister’s plan to increase pupil numbers in schools before they are safe – urgent advice for members You will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that the government intends to increase the number of children attending early years settings and primary schools in England from 1 June. At UNISON we […]

Update on Government plans to reopen Schools

The TUC education unions are to agree a joint position on returning to schools in response to last nights additional guidance from the Department for Education (England) on schools opening. Until then we would advise members not to engage with planning for a return to school on 1st June 2020. Look out for the statement […]

UNISON calls on government to make clear how it will keep pupils, parents and staff safe

Following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister that he plans to increase the number of pupils allowed to attend primary schools in England on 1 June, UNISON is asking the government: how exactly are you going to keep pupils, parents and staff safe? Of course schools will need to re-open – but only when […]

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