Celebrate the stars in our schools

On 27 November make sure school support staff get the attention they deserve

Friday 27 November is a date for your diary to celebrate school staff, the Stars in our Schools.

UNISON knows it takes a whole team to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and keep the school running smoothly – and all support staff are vital to this. However, even though they make up half the school workforce they often don’t get the attention they deserve. That’s why we’re taking a day to celebrate their work.

Some schools are holding special assemblies and coffee mornings. Some are inviting local MPs to pay them a visit to witness first hand what support staff do. Others are dressing up just for fun, holding quizzes for the children or asking them to make thank you cards.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We are determined to continue to speak up for support staff. Stars in our Schools isn’t just about a celebration; it’s about fighting for fair pay, decent training and proper recognition of the vital role of support staff in our children’s education.”

UNISON has sent a letter about the day to all head teachers in the UK – and these can also be downloaded from the special Stars in our Schools website: www.starsinourschools.uk

We would love your school to get involved in the activities and events that will be held all over the UK to celebrate the Stars in our Schools. It can be any time in November if that works better for your school.

There are lots of other ideas about how schools can get involved in the resources section of the website. Please contact your local UNISON branch to find out more. You can follow the conversation on our hashtag #StarsInOurSchools and sign up to receive updates we are running a competition where support staff can be nominated to win a fantastic prize!


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