Tag Archives: schools

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 […]

Glasgow school janitors win pay rise, maintain one janitor / one school and secure jobs

Statement by City of Glasgow UNISON branch Glasgow After a dispute lasting twenty months janitors in Glasgow’s primary, nursery and ASL schools have won a 6% pay rise which will see all janitors annual pay increase by £1,184 from today (14 August). The deal maintains one janitor/one school, which was to go under proposals from […]

Council Connections June 2017

This is the latest Council Connections bulletin, covering the key issues facing local government in Scotland.   

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 […]

Proposed Guidance to support the Provision of Healthcare Needs in Schools

UNISON has recently published a report (Hard Lessons) which contains feedback from members working in schools. Key concerns raised are the lack of training and consistent clear policies round the range of complex health and personal care tasks that are required to support children and young people in the educations system. UNISON therefore welcomes the […]

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 […]

Futures number 17 autumn/winter 2016

 Latest edition of Futures covering the Scottish government’s plans for the upcoming year, the possibilities of a new Scottish approach to taxation, the consultaitons on expanding childcare, education governance and the new Child Poverty Bill.  The Scottish government is holding consultation events across the country on planned changes to schoos and childcare governance. Details of events […]

FOI Time for Compliance Regulations – May 2016

Our response to the consultation joins other organisations in endorsing the response from the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland. We are strongly opposed to a ‘two-tier’ approach to the supply of information depending on the type of body asked. Therefore, the Scottish Government should not extend the time allowed for responding to FOI requests and requests for […]

School mainstreaming needs resources

#STUC16 Cuts in specialist and support services means ‘mainstreaming’ the schooling of children with particular needs has become the ‘do-nothing’ option, the STUC was told today. A motion from SSTA called for the STUC to “highlight the negative impact of skewed Government priorities, and to press for immediate action to reverse the impact of years […]