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Supporting Children’s Learning Draft Code of Practice 2017

  UNISON members work in a range of roles supporting children with additional support needs. They deliver services in local government,the NHS and the third sector. Our members believe that currently we are not Getting It Right For Every Child with additional  support needs. Updating the code is welcome but without appropriate funding for both […]

Review of Financial Support for Students

Education is central to both Scotland’s economy and the wider wellbeing of its citizens. Everyone who could benefit from further and higher education should have an equal chance to do so. Education not only benefits the individuals who take part but wider society and the economy. It is reasonable therefore that, like schools, further education […]

Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs. The strategy in itself will not work without appropriate funding for both the day-to-day delivery of those services and for training and professional development for all the staff working with those children. The strategy therefore needs to […]

Professor Cole’s report into school closures

The Cole report raises a range of issues which are relevant not just to public sector building projects but to the safety of all building work in Scotland. Concerns go beyond new building projects and include the ongoing maintenance and safety of existing structures. UNISON believes that much more work needs to be done to […]

Local Government Budget Cuts

This briefing aims to provide some clarity for branches round the proposed budget. The local government budget is finally getting some attention but the debate is increasingly confused with lots of numbers and acronyms bandied round creating lots of sound but very little light. Yesterday’s debate in parliament was typical. The 2017-18 draft budget will […]

Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That is the finding of a wide ranging UNISON report released today (Monday 16 January 2017) In probably one of the biggest surveys of school support staff ever in Scotland, staff report heavier workloads, jobs cuts, lack […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

UNISON response to the Education Governance Consultation

UNISON believes that education, including early years and childcare, should be both comprehensive and delivered free at the point of use by local authorities. This route offers democratic local accountability and efficiency through economies of scale. The key issue for school education is not governance but budget cuts. Schools have had £300million in cuts over […]

e-briefing – Local Government 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

Audit Scotland has published its annual overview of the financial state of local government in Scotland. In accountancy terms councils are in sound financial health, with a slight increase in reserves and a reduction in debt. However, significant challenges for local government finance lie ahead. Councils’ budgets are under increasing pressure from a long-term decline […]