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Latest Covid-19 News from our Branch and Regionally

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Coronavirus Official Guidance

Masking the Issue

Following the return to schools (and some other workplaces) the issue of wearing various forms of face coverings has been a live one From 1 September, government guidance gives head teachers in secondary schools in England the “discretion” to introduce face coverings...

How Lighthouse Financial Advice can help UNISON members.

 Having trouble coping with the financial impact of coronavirus?  The coronavirus pandemic has quickly changed the way we live our everyday lives and, while our main concern is safeguarding our own health and that of our loved ones and the wider community, many people...

Early years and childcare providers

The Department for Education has issued updated COVID advice for early years and childcare providers. UNISON has a number of serious concerns with it – please see see the links below to read the guidance and our initial response. We will issue further guidance in due...

Back to school in September?

Staffing, safety and vulnerable children must be priority for schools’ return, says UNISON Responding to plans published last Thursday by the government for the full return of schools from September, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Everyone wants all...

Don’t get caught out by Quarantine

As lock-down eases and hopes of a semblance of normality rise no doubt many of you are thinking about your holiday. Some of you may have longstanding bookings and are hoping either to travel or to get a cancellation and refund. You may not all have realised the...

Stay Safe at School

Schools Update Here is a summary of the advice for members in schools that UNISON issued on Thursday 28 May, which you should have received by email, we will be holding an online webinar aimed at UNISON members and activists in schools to discuss risk assessments,...

Covid-19 latest schools advice and guidance 

Latest update following meeting of National Schools Committee  Government proposals to increase school and early years pupil numbers from 1 June  UNISON’s ​National Schools Committee met on Thursday 14 May and agreed that the union should continue to oppose the...

Is it safe to go back to school?

The guidance for schools has been released by government Planning guide for primary schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools UNISON branch guidance is reproduced here...

There for You; HOW WE ARE RESPONDING TO THE CORONAVIRUS

There for You the charity for UNISON members is here to help UNISON members get the practical and financial support they need.  Despite the current difficulties, we remain open and are here to help in any way that we can. Currently all staff are working from home and...

COVID19 Latest Information

I know you are all worried. So are we all, but UNISON members are also key players in managing this crisis, providing as we do vital public services including being the biggest union in the NHS and local government, and that is a comfort to me at least. So much of the...

Coronavirus and Schools

Re: Covid-19 FAQs for school staff (England) Please find attached FAQs for school staff in England. They cover: Operational issues Pay Easter and weekend working Health and safety Home working Covid-19 FAQs for school support-staff - England The FAQs can also be...