Local government executive to explore help for school support staff

Government plans to force all schools in England to become academies are just one issue facing support staff

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

Tinkering with schools no way to improve standards, says UNISON

Commenting on government proposals for all schools to become academies and have longer working days, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Forcing all schools to become academies will do little, if anything, to improve the quality of education. “Many schools want to keep their links with local authorities and not be forced into academy trusts. […]

All schools ‘should get the funds they need for success’

UNISON warns against ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ as government launches consultation on a new English school funding formula

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

Local government and school support workers strike suspended

UNISON has today decided to suspend strike action in local government and schools planned for 14 October and consult its members on new proposals

Academy members vote for industrial action

UNISON members in academy schools have voted yes to strike action in a dispute over pay