Joint campaign secures protections for school workers

Support workers, teaching staff and leadership unions unite in campaign over threat of redundancies

UNISON calls for council oversight of academy school finances

Friday 26 August 2016 For immediate release Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said: “UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and the National Audit Office, all of which […]

Academy chiefs helping themselves?

Leaders of academy schools are spending taxpayers’ money

Education dominates local government conference on final afternoon

Debates see delegates back a range of measures on pay, academies, funding and much more

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 […]

UNISON mounts campaign to save jobs at academies in Essex

140 jobs under threat at six schools in Harlow will put ‘the quality of children’s education at risk’ warns union

What schools need is stability, not constant faddish upheaval

More than 140,000 people have signed a petition against forcing all local authority schools to become academies – why not join them?

Opposition to government’s forced academies policy increases

Government plans to force 17,000 schools in England to become academies opposed by unions, educators and politicians, including leading Conservative voices

Schools need clear lines of accountability says UNISON

Commenting on the education select committee report on the role of regional schools commissioners, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON has long said that the removal of school provision, planning and support from local government creates a multitude of problems. “Today’s report makes clear that the committee has serious concerns about the performance of […]

UNISON warns on academies push in new legislation

IPPR report supports union view that Education and Adoption Bill will see resources spent on admin, contracts and legal advice

Your friend at work

A change of boss turned Karen Williamson’s working life upside down. Her UNISON rep, Mary Pearson, helped her find the right way up…

School support staff face ‘uncertain future’

‘We did not start this attack on school support staff, but we need to defend them by organising’

We need to tackle asbestos in schools

More than 75% of schools in the UK contain asbestos – but the government is still dragging its feet over a report on the scale of the problem due last spring

UNISON welcomes academy trust agreement

UNISON welcomes AET decision not to proceed with joint venture for vital school services

New local government pay proposal explained

A new leaflet outlines what the Local Government Association’s latest pay proposal means for members