In a major show of recognition, schools right across Wales will today (Friday) hold award ceremonies, special assemblies and coffee mornings to thank support staff for their commitment over the last year.
Teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are often unsung heroes but are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are.
UNISON, the largest trade union for school support staff in Wales, has organised the Stars in our Schools celebration day to make sure the world knows just how vital these employees are to children’s education.
Many schools will be holding a competition for students to design a poster recognising the efforts of support staff.
The trade union is delivering hundreds of cakes and goody bags to schools across Wales and the initiative is supported by numerous councillors, directors of education as well as AMs Jane Hutt and Huw Irranca-Davies, Jo Stevens MP and Belinda Loveluck-Edwards, Labour Parliamentary candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan.
Rosie Lewis, UNISON Cymru Wales lead organiser for schools said,
“UNISON’s Stars in our Schools day shines a light on the wonderful work of all school support staff. We are very pleased head teachers and teachers want to champion the positive role of the whole school staff team in making schools safe and happy places for students to learn. UNISON is dedicated to campaigning for decent terms and conditions for all school staff.”
Notes to editors
UNISON Cymru Wales’ Stars in our Schools is an annual event held in November
Alastair Gittins, UNISON Press Officer on 07816 538397