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This school is ready to celebrate – are you?

This week UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis went to Waverley school in Enfield to celebrate the school support staff

Article on the UNISON National site.

Funding cuts threaten nursery schools, unions warn Greening

UNISON joins fellow unions, charities and others involved in early years education to sign open letter

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Grammar schools belong in the past, says UNISON

Friday 9 September 2016 For immediate release Commenting on the prime minister’s speech about grammar schools today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The country may be under new management, but the Conservative Party’s obsession with grammar schools remains the same. “Grammar schools are outdated relics, removed in most parts of the country for very good reason […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Tinkering with schools no way to improve standards, says UNISON

Commenting on government proposals for all schools to become academies and have longer working days, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Forcing all schools to become academies will do little, if anything, to improve the quality of education. “Many schools want to keep their links with local authorities and not be forced into academy trusts. […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Teaching assistant wins prestigious award

Award celebrates activist who has made greatest contribution to Gateshead branch and its members

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Politicians put school support staff in spotlight

Show of support for UNISON’s Stars in our Schools campaign

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Save our children’s centres

UNISON campaign highlights closure of over 600 children’s centres since 2010

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Glamorgan decision on learning support registration fees welcomed

Learning support workers or teaching assistants do all those vital but unheralded jobs in our schools

Article, News on the UNISON National site.

Government priorities bring no respite for school business managers

Government proposals for schools in England, set out in the Education and Adoption Bill, miss the important issues currently facing schools, says UNISON. The public services union believe that a government obsessed with forcing schools to become academies is failing to address inadequate funding, excessive workloads or helping hard-pressed school business managers to support their […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

School funding reforms could harm education

UNISON comment on decision to scrap current system of school funding, announced in the Chancellor’s spending review

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Teaching assistants use own money to fund uniforms and trips to help struggling parents

More than a fifth (22%) had bought uniforms, a similar proportion (23%) PE kits, while 20% had helped pupils with lunch money. Nearly one […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Welsh Government reinstates education funding for minorities and travellers

Neath Port Talbot UNISON branch has welcomed Welsh Government’s decision to reverse the cuts to educational support funding to the Minority Ethnic Achievement Service (MEAS) and the Traveller Education Service (TES) by providing partial funding for this year to Neath Port Talbot Council and committing to funding all 22 Local Authorities next year. Following campaigning […]

Press release on the UNISON Cymru/Wales site.

Interested in promoting education? Get involved as a union learning rep

Union learning reps (ULRs) are enthusiasts and advocates for learning and have an important role to play in finding out what learning opportunities are available in the workplace, and help members develop new skills.  The role varies according to individual circumstances but ULRs are involved in a range of activities promoting learning. Initial training is available […]

News, UNISON voices on the UNISON Eastern site.

Meet the new Lifelong Learning team in Southampton District Branch

Helen Capstick, ULR at Solent University I have been a member of UNISON since 2011 but have become more active in recent years when I took on the role of Union Learning Representative (ULR) at Solent University. I became a ULR as I wanted to use my skills to develop more informal learning sessions for […]

Article, News on the UNISON South East site.

Landmark UNISON case confirms minimum annual leave for all workers

Court of Appeal ruling has implications for hundreds of thousands of employees

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.