Tag Archives: schools

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 […]

GIRFEC must not become a tick box exercise – our children deserve better

#STUC16 The STUC condemned cuts to education which so often follow on from council cuts, especially attacks on support staff numbers which damage the learning experiences of our most vulnerable young people and called for action to protect education funding. Supporting the SSTA motion, UNISON’s Susan Kennedy pointed out that the Scottish Government continues with […]

Cutting libraries will increase poverty and inequality, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Saturday 6 February 2016 On National Libraries Day (6 February 2016), UNISON is warning that more local government cuts will have a drastic impact on libraries across Scotland, decreasing opportunities for all, and increasing poverty and inequality. Library services have been undergoing massive change, yet staff numbers have been going down, buildings are closing, opening hours are reducing and […]

MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget – Feb 2016

MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget – Feb 2016 Cuts to Local Government are Unsustainable Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year real term reductions. By 2020 it will be 12.5% lower in real terms than when the Conservatives came to power in 2010. This is the equivalent of one pound in every eight being cut by […]

Petition PE1583 Playground Supervision – Jan 2016

Petition PE1583 Playground Supervision – UNISON Scotland submission to the Scottish  Parliament Public Petitions Committee – Jan 2016 Full text of evidence ScotParlPetitionPE1583PlaygroundSupervision_UNISONEvidence_Jan2016 Introduction UNISON is Scotland’s largest public sector trade union representing over 150,000 people delivering services across Scotland. UNISON members deliver a wide range of services in schools. Members include: librarians and library […]

Sturgeon must act to protect local government services, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 12 January 2016 UNISON local branches across Scotland are calling on Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, to meet UNISON members to hear about the damage Government policies are having on local government and to discuss the future of local services. UNISON is the biggest trade union in local government and branch secretaries […]