National celebration for stars in our schools

Politicians and head teachers will attend events in schools across Wales today (Friday) to praise the hard work of school support staff. The unsung heroes, teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are.

Assembly Members Dawn Bowden and Jane Hutt are supporting UNISON’s Stars in our Schools day of celebration on 24 November, visiting schools in their constituencies and speaking to staff. The trade union will be delivering hundreds of cakes and goody bags to schools across Wales.

UNISON, the largest trade union for school support staff in Wales, has organised the day to make sure the world knows just how vital these employees are to children’s education. Today, schools right across Wales will be holding award ceremonies, putting on special assemblies or holding a coffee morning to thank support staff for their commitment over the last year.

Jess Turner, 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 politicians and head teachers want to champion the positive role of the whole school staff team in making schools welcoming and effective 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 events on Friday 24 November 2017.


Branch                                    School      Activity
Cardiff  County Invitation out all schools Art competition to depict admin staff in schools – Prize awarded to school and staff
Torfaen County Six schools participating Coffee morning and certificates for all support staff
Monmouthshire Magor Primary Bags with freebies & celebration. Prize Draw for UNISON members £20 voucher
Caldicot Bags with freebies & celebration. Prize Draw for UNISON members £20 voucher
Newport Maes Ebbw Special School Lunch bags and thank you letter from Head
St Joseph’s High School Gift bags with UNISON freebies & gathering at lunchtime with cupcakes
Caerleon Comp Gift Bags and event with cup cakes
Llanwern High Gift Bags and coffee and cake during staff breaks
Charles Williams Primary Gift bags and an event table with coffee and cake
Gaer Primary Providing mugs and Coasters – cake and coffee at break time
Ringland Primary Gifts of mug, coaster, ruler and badges
Neath Port Talbot Across County Celebration day for long serving staff inc afternoon tea and cert/chocs from leader
Pembs Across County Recognition for long serving staff – flowers. Tin of chocs & Stars goodies to each school
Cwm Taf St Marys Primary




Various schools

Dawn Bowden AM attending special recognition of school support staff and opening Christmas fete.


Cakes and Stars freebies distributed to schools in Merthyr

Vale of Glamorgan Gwenvoe Primary



Barry Comprehensive

Romilly Primary

Y Deri

St Illtyd’s Primary


Celebration of school support staff with Jane Hutt AM


Coffee Mornings at all these schools with Cake supplied by the branch

Bridgend Pencoed Comp




St Mary’s & St Patrick’s

3 coffee breaks at varying times with teachers serving refreshments.



Event at 1.30pm


Carms Ysgol Emlyn Goody bags and celebration coffee break
Ceredigion All schools Distribution of bags with info packs and freebies
Conwy Al Schools Goody bags for all
Flintshire 3 Schools Celebration events with local AM and MP invited





Alastair Gittins, UNISON Press Officer on 07816 538397