Category Archives: Schools/colleges/nurseries
Stars in Our Schools is an annual celebration of school support staff. This year’s event takes place on Friday 27 November 2020 – but we encourage schools to join in whenever suits them! Continue reading
UNISON Centre has put together this page that shows where children and young people who are entitled to a free school meal can go to get fed this week. Just put in your postcode.
Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struck. Click here to read more.
Join the Hazards Campaign Thursday Talk for an interactive online session to discuss how schools can ensure the health and safety of staff and pupils and therefore the health of its community. Click here to register for this free event.
Hazards Campaign news.
A series of studies, including two in recent days from UK experts, discredit claims by education secretary Gavin Williamson that there is ‘little evidence’ of a Covid-19 transmission risk in schools, workplace safety advocates have warned. Click here to read more.
School Uniform Grant......
In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms. Click here to read more.
Teachers and parents need “greater clarity” on the reopening of schools amid a rise in coronavirus cases, the head of a leading teachers’ union says. Click here to read more.
Campaigners are taking Waltham Forest Council to the High Court later this month over their decision to cut funding for special needs education.
The cabinet voted on March 19 to reduce top-up Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) funding by 10 per cent for students in the lowest two bands of need.
The decision was made despite parents’ fear it could lead mainstream schools to exclude their children and a recommendation from the Children and Families Scrutiny committee to delay. Click here to read more.
The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government.
There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break.
But it is no longer thought to be feasible and instead schools will be given “flexibility” over whether or not to admit more pupils. Click here to read more.
Schools Health & Safety......
UNISON Waltham Forest understands many members have been sent letters from their head teacher advising them that the school will reconvene on 1st June 2020.
Many of you are worried that there has been no appropriate H&S risk assessment undertaken or yet put in place, to support you individually and or pupils.
UNISON has been battling on your behalf to ensure your safety is paramount and cannot support the action of sending our members into a school where the risk of CV19 contagion cannot be safely controlled. Continue reading