UNISON is the largest union in schools, representing over 250,000 members in support staff roles across the UK.

UNISON represents staff across all types of schools and special units, including academies in England. We negotiate nationally, regionally and locally to improve pay, terms and conditions and job security for all school workers. UNISON representatives help to ensure a safe working environment.

UNISON campaigns to improve the professional status and recognition of schools support staff and provides training and briefings on a range of professional topics and skills.

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Our members work in a variety of roles, including:

Administration and management
  • School business managers
  • Invigilators
  • Finance officers
  • Secretaries
  • Examinations officers
  • Administrators
  • School cooks
  • Catering assistants
  • Caretaker/site managers
  • Cleaners
Pupil support and welfare
  • Learning mentors
  • Parent support advisors
  • Lunchtime supervisors
Teaching and learning support
  • Teaching assistants
  • Higher level teaching assistants
  • Cover supervisors
  • Early years practitioners
  • Early years teacher/professionals
Specialist and technical
  • ICT technicians
  • Design and technology technicians
  • Librarians
  • Science technicians
  • Food technicians
  • Library assistants
  • Sports coaches

Skills for Schools is an online guide to careers, training and development for support staff in schools.

Find out more at

Stars in Our Schools is UNISON’s annual celebration of school support staff, with events held all over the UK.

Find out all about it at