School staff face violent attacks from pupils, with some receiving death threats, new research finds 

UNISON contributed to academic study leading to new guidance

Photo from above, without head, of a young girl in school uniform

Headteachers fear losing increasingly vital teaching assistants as cost-of-living pressures bite​

To halt the exodus of teaching assistants they need to be better rewarded

Special educational needs provision won’t improve unless teaching assistants are valued

TAs must be paid more to deal with shortages

Government guidance for schools increases Covid risk and threatens learning, warns UNISON

Unsafe practices and inappropriate arrangements to cover for teachers aren’t the way to protect education.

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

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

Ministers mustn’t forget important workers delivering essential services, says UNISON

Local government workers facing coronavirus risks and pressures

Support staff mustn’t be exploited by schools reopening, says UNISON

Jon Richards says beginning of June reopening is unrealistic as safety tests not met

Teaching assistants use own money to fund uniforms and trips to help struggling parents

UNISON survey uncovers how far teaching assistants go to financially support their pupils

Leaked document reveals government ‘concern’ over teaching assistants

UNISON condemns ‘an insult to teaching assistants who are stretched to the limit’

Join the Thunderclap for the Stars in Our Schools

Help celebrate our school support staff on social media at noon on 24 November

Mass lobby of parliament against cuts to school funding

Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers will be attending the School Cuts mass lobby of Parliament this Tuesday, 24 October. They will bring the message to MPs that schools are seriously underfunded, which is having a negative impact on children and young people’s education. This situation must change. The majority […]

Having the confidence to help

For teaching assistant Hasmita Dhamelia, a UNISON course to build confidence led to a new role – as a UNISON rep

Having the confidence to help

For teaching assistant Hasmita Dhamelia, a UNISON course to build confidence led to a new role – as a UNISON rep

Magazine, UNISON people on the Magazine site.

Breakthrough for teaching assistants in Durham, says UNISON

UNISON has today (Wednesday) welcomed Durham County Council’s decision to change its plans to dismiss and rehire several thousand teaching assistants in the North East. After months of negotiations and several strikes last year, which brought the council back to the table, a revised offer has now been proposed, says UNISON. UNISON Northern regional secretary […]