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UNISON disappointed by pay offer for colleges in England

UNISON has today (Wednesday) expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges. The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

UNISON welcomes government’s academies climbdown

Commenting on the news today (Friday) that the government has abandoned its plans to force all maintained schools still linked to local authorities to become academies, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s reassuring that ministers have listened to the many arguments put to them and decided against pursing their ill-thought-out plans to force […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Opposition to government’s forced academies policy increases

Government plans to force 17,000 schools in England to become academies opposed by unions, educators and politicians, including leading Conservative voices

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Christmas cheer and charity

UNISON members are helping workplaces, their families and communities to warm up for the festive season

Article, Magazine on the UNISON National site.

The wonderful workers of Waverley school – a day in pictures

UNISON has members working throughout the education system – from primary schools to higher education – but some of the schools our members work in are unique

Article, Magazine on the UNISON National site.

How much does it cost to send your child to school

UNISON members can help teaching union NASUWT with its annual survey into the true cost of education for families

Article on the UNISON National site.

Add your name to the call to save nursery school funding

Sign the petition to parliament and help make sure nursery schools in England are properly funded

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Higher education members vote on strike action over pay

Higher education members will be voting over strike action as a result of a 1.1% pay offer for the majority of staff

Article on the UNISON National site.

School support staff facing high levels of violence and abuse, says UNISON

More than half of classroom or teaching assistants (53%) across the UK have experienced physical violence at school in the past year, according to new figures published by UNISON today (Tuesday). In addition, three-quarters (76%) of the teaching assistants who took part in a survey for the public service union said they had witnessed violence at […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

All schools ‘should get the funds they need for success’

UNISON warns against ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ as government launches consultation on a new English school funding formula

Article on the UNISON National site.

Catholic Church and UNISON reaffirm commitment to the Living Wage in schools

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has today reiterated the Church’s commitment to the Living Wage. A growing number of Catholic schools already pay the living wage to thousands of teaching assistants, catering and school support staff. The move comes following a joint campaign with UNISON – the […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

UNISON secures employment tribunal win for careers advisers

UNISON has won a hard fought victory for workers in the careers service against Prospects Limited

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

UNISON welcomes an end to speculation that free school meals face the axe

Free school meals are a ‘lifeline’ to many families

Article, Press release on the UNISON National site.

College staff need training in handling weapon-related incidents

Staff and students have suffered serious injuries as a result of offensive weapons being brought into colleges, according to a UNISON survey published today (Tuesday). Machetes, hammers, metal bars and even a gun are among the items either recovered or that have been used in pupil-on-pupil assaults, gang attacks or in violent incidents against staff, […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Labour’s plans will improve education for all

Schools are paying a high price for government cuts

Article on the UNISON National site.