Tag Archives: Education Issues Group

“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 […]

Early Learning and Childcare research report

UNISON Scotland commissioned an independent assessment of the contribution made by Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) staff to childcare and education services in Scotland. The research constructively informs the work of UNISON Scotland in promoting the role, contribution and interests of Early Years Workers (ELWs) in the context of any upcoming expandion of early years […]

Investment in early years workers is vital in reducing the attainment gap of Scotland’s children

This is the message UNISON will take to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) as it presents its new research report into early learning and childcare. Key findings from the UNISON-commissioned report, conducted by Strathclyde University, include: **More than three quarters of early years workers (EYWs) agreed that EYWs and teachers in early learning and childcare […]

Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education

UNISON believes that education including early years and childcare should be comprehensive and delivered free at the point of use via local authorities. This route offers democratic accountability and efficiency through economies of scale and allows school staff to focus on children. UNISON believes that it is investment in education and the development of education […]

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 […]

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 […]