Learning opportunities for school staff

Did you know that UNISON does more than represent you in the workplace and negotiate your pay?

In fact, UNISON has a whole range of learning opportunities for members working in schools, and a network of union learning reps to help you get the learning you need.

What we offer varies from region to region, but in most regions we offer a range of courses.

One-day workshops

We run one-day workshops on

  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Autism Awareness
  • Mental Health Awareness.

These are a great option for in-service training days and are proving very popular with staff across the UK. The workshops are run in partnership with the Open University, who provide a bespoke session for UNISON members working in schools.

If you are interested in running a course in your school, talk to your local UNISON branch or call 0800 0 857 857 and ask to be put in touch with your UNISON regional education team.

Free branch-run courses

UNISON has a number of free courses that can be run by your UNISON branch.

Power to Be You is a confidence-building course designed to help improve your self-esteem and assertiveness.

Your Skills, Your Future or Facing Change Together are ideal if you are facing any changes at work – restructuring, academisation or a brand new job.

Online learning

If you prefer to study at your own pace, we have online learning modules on our e-learning website.

Or visit the OpenLearn website for hundreds of free courses

Help with funding

UNISON offers a limited number of bursaries for school support staff members studying with the Open University.

Up to £200 is available for your personal study. Email: learningandorganising@unison.co.uk or call 020 7121 5116 for more information.

And there’s more!

This is just a sample of the learning opportunities we offer to our members in schools. We also offer…

  • Job applications workshops
  • Return to Learn and Women’s Lives – two 12-week courses aimed at empowering women and encouraging people to return to the world of learning
  • Dyslexia Awareness – e-learning module
  • Bursaries for maths and English qualifications
  • Union Learning Rep and workplace representative training.

Your union is there to support you, so if you would like more information or advice, talk to your local UNISON branch or visit our learning pages.