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 […]

UNISON comment on supply teaching project

Commenting on the announcement of a £2.7m supply teacher project, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru Wales lead on schools said,   “It’s sensible for the Welsh government to consider the implications of teacher absence on learning but it’s disappointing there is no mention of the vital role of support staff.   “Support staff make up fifty […]

Glaring omissions in education taskforce report

  Responding to Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams AM’s statement today on how school supply staff will be managed in future, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru organiser for schools said, “We believe that support staff make up to half of the supply workforce and they will feel the taskforce has completely ignored them with this announcement. To not […]

UNISON responds to Education Secretary’s announcement

Responding to Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams AM’s announcement today of a new fund to cut infant class sizes, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru organiser for schools said, “Classroom based support staff really welcome this news. Smaller classes reduce workload and give support workers more time with pupils and this more personalised support helps to tackle inequalities. UNISON […]

Politicians put school support staff in spotlight

In a major show of recognition, politicians and teachers across Wales will attend events in schools today (25 November) to praise the hard work of school support staff. Often unheralded, teaching assistants, midday supervisors, administrators, caterers and cleaners are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are. Senior education […]