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Futures Summer 2018 Number 22

The new edition of Public Service Futures covers: the new Scottish budget process, the impact of automation on public service jobs and the possibilities of a new public energy company. There are also articles on the Carillion collapse, the new national outcomes and childcare expansion.

Education must be properly funded to play its part in tackling poverty

Education systems can help mitigate the impact of poverty, but only if they are properly designed and resourced, the STUC Congress was told today. Delegates voted to back a call from the EIS and UNISON for the pupil equity funding to be part of a permanent national funding formula. Seconding the motion, UNISON’s Carol Ball […]

Government must engage with unions on new regulatory body for education

#stuc2018 Congress called for the Scottish Government to set aside its proposals in the Education Bill, for an Education Workforce Council, that would see the dissolution of the existing regulatory bodies – the General Teaching Council, and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland, whilst they engage properly with education unions on appropriate […]

Government must fund resources for children with additional support needs

The STUC will call on the Scottish Government to provide the funding to properly meet the legal requirement to support children with additional support needs. It will also call on the government and employers to provide all education professionals with appropriate training to ensure that they meet the needs of pupils with additional support needs. […]

Poverty and Attainment Inquiry

The enormous gap in qualifications between children in poor and wealthy areas in Scotland is simply a reflection of the inequality that scars Scottish society. A well fed child living in a comfortable warm home is going to find it easier to take part in education than one who is hungry and cold. Ending the […]

“Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan, UNISON comment

UNISON comment on embargoed news release (Thursday) on a joint report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission into the expansion of early learning and childcare provision in Scotland: “Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan by 2020. Commenting on the report, Carol Ball convener of UNISON’s education issues group […]

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children with additional support needs are now physically in mainstream schools but many are far from mainstreamed into school life. The policy has not been supported with adequate funding for the learning support, healthcare needs and […]

Focus on children not structures, says UNISON in response to Headteachers’ Charter

UNISON Scotland, the union for school support staff, says the Scottish government’s plans to create a Headteachers’ Charter is flawed and will make it harder to deliver quality education. The proposals would see headteachers taking over responsibility of staff and procurement from local authorities. Dave Watson, UNISON’s head of policy and public affairs, said: “Taking […]

Education Reform Consultation

UNISON does not believe that the proposals contained in the consultation are the best way to tackle the issues in Scottish education. UNISON is disappointed that the responses to original consultation have been ignored. When responses to a plan are so overwhelmingly negative it is best to take those views on board Instead the Scottish […]

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The guidance is a substantial document which will require detailed reading when branches are working with employers to ensure the guidance is implemented. The new guidance takes on board some of UNISON’s key concerns. There are now […]