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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.