Help improve COVID-19 safety in schools

UNISON is asking members to email their MP to put pressure on the government to reintroduce COVID-19 safety measures in schools

New toolkit highlights positive impact of teaching assistants

Independent research shows that, on average, teaching assistants add an additional four months of pupil progress over the course of a year

Microscopic view of the Coronavirus

UNISON urges MPs to act amid surging school COVID-19 cases

Education unions have sent an urgent letter asking MPs to call the government to action

Fair pay for council and school workers

The forgotten frontline: council and school staff need a 10% pay rise

UNISON is calling for a 10% pay rise for all local government workers, as financial recognition for their commitment to public service

Government’s “alarming” approach abandons children to the risks of Covid

The government’s alarming approach abandons children to a highly transmissible virus spreading at a record pace through schools

Unions call on secondary schools and colleges to retain masks

UNISON joins other education unions in England to put the case for continuing use of face coverings by staff and children

A ‘big bang’ reopening of schools is ‘unnecessary and reckless’, says UNISON

Union says a phased return of all schools and colleges in England from 8 March will protect pupils and staff

DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff

Estimates put 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of teaching assistants and other staff are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown

Schools committee raises issues over English testing plans

UNISON meets Department for Education and NHS test and trace officials to discuss the end-of-term announcement about mass testing in English schools in January

UNISON responds to COVID testing plans for English schools

National schools committee describes UK government’s announcement, made on the last day of term, that some secondaries will be expected to start next term online, as “jaw-dropping”

UNISON backs councils’ attempt to close schools amid COVID spike

‘The surge in cases in our schools is extremely concerning … Enough is enough’

Government must let schools go online to rescue Christmas

Switch two weeks before Christmas would make all the difference

Typical classroom scene where an audience of school children

Teaching assistants covering twice as many lessons in the pandemic

UNISON survey reveals huge rise in numbers doing higher-grade work as teachers fall ill or fail to get tests

Councils forced to pick up the pieces from failing test and trace

UNISON calls for urgent improvements to a ‘chaotic’ system in England

Pupil funding still leaves schools worse off than 10 years ago

Government announcement on pupil funding still below pre-austerity levels in real terms