In the branch, Ann Gray, Assistant Secretary leads on education issues.
UNISON has a great many members in the education sector, supporting the education of our children. They are the key workers in early years’ centres and undertake a range of crucial roles in schools, further education colleges and universities as well as the careers advice service. All have a key role to play in the teaching and learning of children throughout their school lives.
Ann said, “Within the branch, UNISON members in education have set up a Facebook page to share experiences, especially during the Covid pandemic and in respect of the re-opening of schools.
“We have also recruited a number of our members to be workplace health and safety reps to ensure that the return to school is as safe as possible for both the pupils and the staff.”
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UNISON Scotland Education Issues Group
UNISON is aware that our education members do not always get the recognition they deserve for the work that they do. Even though they are generally valued by pupils, parents and often teachers, their pay and status remains a long way behind teaching staff.
UNISON Scotland has an Education Issues Group (EIG) is where members working in early years’ settings and schools work together to improve the terms and conditions of education members and to ensure that their vital role in education delivery is recognised.
The EIG also campaigns to improve education in Scotland. We enable members to organise and to collate the experiences and knowledge of education staff to influence the wider education policy development process in Scotland. The group responds to Scottish government and parliamentary inquiries and produces a range of papers to keep members informed about education reform in Scotland.
Click here for UNISON Scotland’s Education Issues pages