All schools staff to be included in antibody testing strategy following UNISON intervention

Rosie Lewis


The Welsh Education Minister has clarified that all school staff will be prioritised for antibody testing as part of the strategy for schools opening more widely in June. This clarification was made following UNISON intervention after the Minister announced teachers would be prioritised, but failed to mention the wider school workforce.

Rosie Lewis, UNISON Wales schools lead, said:

“Teaching assistants, school cooks, cleaners, administrators, and caretakers will all be relieved that they are being treated equally in relation to health and safety.

“Safety at school and education relies on the whole schools workforce, and it is essential the antibody testing strategy reflects.

“We are pleased the Minister listened to our concerns, took them on board and rectified the matter quickly.”

For further information, please contact Amber Courtney, E:, T: 07908 143412, or Rosie Lewis, E:, T: 07950 888963