Sue Ryles, John McDonnell and Claire Stanhope hold Stars In Our Schools signs

Stars in Our Schools goes to Parliament

School support staff had the opportunity to share their experiences with politicians

Come clean about school risks and invest to remedy problems

Years of neglect and underfunding have worsened the situation, leaving some schools on the verge of collapse.

Members at a Liveability special education school in Poole, Dorset, taking strike action over low pay

Poole education members strike over low pay

Members at the Victoria Education Centre voted for action by 97% in an 81% turnout

Stars in our schools

Twinkle, twinkle: Stars in Our Schools is back

Stars in Our Schools is back, and this year there’s a special focus on early years education. But hurry – the deadline for ordering all your fantastic Stars merch is 6 October

Labour commit to restore School Support Staff Negotiating Body in England

The shadow education secretary, Bridget Phillipson, has announced the party’s policy to reintroduce the body if they win the next general election

UNISON urges government to make schools safe now

‘We now have the absurd situation of government departments ringing schools days before term begins, telling them to prepare for potential building closures’

Boy writing at desk

School budgets reach breaking point, so UNISON members are taking action

UNISON members are writing to councillors to demand fair school funding. Will you join them?

Cuts since 2010 have cost pupils £5,000 each in lost education

Independent analysis, commissioned by UNISON, shows the cumulative effect on each pupil of Conservative cuts to school funding

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Joint UNISON, GMB and Unite statement on the outcome of their complaint against the NEU

The complaint alleged that the education union had actively sought to recruit school support staff and had intervened in pay negotiations between the three recognised unions

Sleepwalking into a special educational needs crisis

Chronic underfunding, overworked staff and simply not enough schools – inadequate SEND provision is leaving ‘vulnerable children by the wayside’

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Further education college windows with banners

UNISON welcomes return of further education to public sector

ONS decision means that senior leaders will have to justify big pay awards

Sarah Sammon (UNISON teaching assistant), Catherine McKinnell (MP for Newcastle North) and Lynne Wade (UNISON teaching assistant)

MPs celebrate Stars in our Schools at parliamentary drop-in

The event gave MPs the chance to celebrate support staff, as well as talk to UNISON members about the issues being faced in schools

Exam papers

Strike dates set after exam board fails on pay

The action is likely to escalate unless AQA management is prepared to re-open talks

UK’s biggest exam board AQA failing on pay

AQA workers being balloted over low pay and new contracts

busy classroom with children sitting on the floor

UNISON and Labour highlight the importance of school support staff

A joint vision for the future of school support staff has been presented at the union’s school support staff seminar