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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 […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #4

In this circular members can see the national employers latest pay offer for Local Government and the response from national UNISON and the other trade unions rejecting it, calling for a joint approach to National Government, seeking better funding for our workers who are playing such a key role in protecting our communities amid the […]

Joint trade union statement on re-opening of schools

As you will be aware there has been speculation in the press that the government is potentially looking to reopen schools in the next few weeks. The concern is that this will be done prematurely; without the release of scientific evidence, putting staff and pupils at risk. Please find below a statement from UNISON and […]

NJC Employers’ Pay Offer and Joint Union Response

The Local Government Association has made an increased pay offer for staff on NJC pay and conditions. Please find below a copy of a letter from the employers and the response from the NJC joint unions. You will note that the trade union side has not accepted that this is the employers’ final offer, as […]

UNISON challenges government’s claim that education staff don’t need PPE

Union raises strong concerns with Department for Education’s latest guidance UNISON has written to the Department for Education, after its updated guidance on social distancing in education settings said that education staff do not require personal protective equipment (PPE). While the union understands that the risks in schools are different to those in hospitals, it is […]

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus

Please see the latest Schools update below which covers the following areas: Additional funding offered to support schools with essential coronavirus-related costs Range of resources collated to support home learning Support for children on free school meals extended over the Easter holidays The Government is to make extra funding available for schools to cover the […]

Updated Schools Health & Safety FAQs – COVID-19

UNISON have produced additional FAQS under the health & safety section for school staff in England and Wales relating to COVID-19. They cover: What your school MUST do to keep staff safe What else UNISON recommends schools should be doing to keep staff safe, including guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) What members can do […]

Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, says UNISON

UNISON have issued the following press release today and a copy of the letter sent to the Education Secretary can be found at the bottom of this post. The hard work of thousands of school support staff providing emergency care for key workers’ children countrywide appears to have been ignored by the government, says UNISON […]

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