Education Issues

UNISON is the largest union in Scotland’s education service, and new developments in UNISON Scotland’s structure are planned to ensure that we expand our effectiveness and our profile in the service. Our new Education Issues Group has representatives from across Scotland and across the wide occupational diversity that UNISON represents. Click here for some articles relating to education staff.

UNISON has a great many members in the education sector, supporting the education of our children. These members include nursery nurses, classroom assistants and support for learning auxiliaries, janitors, technicians, community learning staff and admin staff. All have a key role to play in the teaching and learning of children throughout their school lives.

However, UNISON is aware that these staff 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.

At Scottish level, UNISON Scotland has set up an Educational Issues Group which meets every 3 months. If you work in education and would like to be a branch rep on the Educational Issues Group, contact the UNISON Resource Centre. Click here to email.

MSP briefing on educationEducation in Scotland is delivered by a whole range of people not just lecturers and teachers. UNISON represents the majority of these vital education staff. In this paper UNISON lays out key strategies to help our members improve the delivery of education in Scotland. (pdf)

Over the past few years the branch too, has been working hard with and on behalf of members in the education sector.

NOTE: In 2004 nursery nurse members took industrial action in support of a pay claim which resulted in a pay rise backdated 2 years. See the history on the UNISON Scotland archive site.

Education issues

Update for UNISON education members

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Stars in Our Schools – UNISON celebrates the role of school support staff

Stars in Our Schools is UNISON's annual celebration of school support staff. This year's event took place on Friday 23 ... Read More

Please get along to the Scottish Government consultation on education reforms in Peterhead

The Scottish Government is consulting on ideas to reform education to help close the attainment gap. One of the consultation ... Read More

Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON's "Hard Lessons" report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That ... Read More

Stars in our Schools – Celebrating the role of school support staff

On Friday 25 November 2016, across the country schools will be celebrating the people behind the scenes who help children ... Read More

Stars in our Schools – Celebrating the role of school support staff

UNISON in Schools celebrated the work carried out by all of our school support staff on Friday 27th November as ... Read More