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

Staff serving school meals to pupils

UNISON urges co-operation over reopening schools

‘Headline-catching announcements’ are not dealing with the practicalities needed to ensure pupils can return to school safely, says union

UNISON gives cautious welcome to COVID-related schools funding

School support staff will have a vital role in bringing pupils ‘back up to speed’

Support staff have little confidence in government school safety plans, says UNISON

Only 2% of employees felt reassured

Government must explain how school staff and pupils will be kept safe 

Ministers need to work with unions to create safe schools

Frightened workers self-isolating to protect vulnerable loved ones shouldn’t be punished

Extend furlough and sick pay for those protecting loves ones

Portrait of Jon Richards

Blog: Worth more than a clap

How you can support the campaign for a decent, fair pay rise for all our key workers in councils and schools

Local government pay – UNISON statement

Union will continue to campaign for more funding for the pay of key workers in local government and schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland