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Face coverings in schools make staff feel safer​, says UNISON

The introduction of face covering​s in ​schools have made school support staff feel safer. Taking them away when infection rates are still high and rising in some areas would be a mistake​, warns UNISON ​today (Thursday).    

School support staff fear 'big bang' return' to school is a safety risk, says UNISON

 Half of school support staff ​in England ​have been anxious about the return to classrooms ​this week, with many fearing measures to keep them safe are inadequate, according to a survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. 

Christina McAnea is the new general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union

Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON (@unisontheunion) – the first woman to head the UK’s largest union.

Close nurseries to all except vulnerable and key-worker children, says UNISON

Pre-schools including nurseries must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, says UNISON (@unisontheunion) today (Tuesday). The union is urging the government to reconsider its decision to keep early-years establishments open​, despite concerns over a new Covid strain. Early-years staff should also be made a priority for vaccination and mass testing says UNISON, and employees should not be expected to go into work until these safety measures are put in place. In addition, the union says protection must be extended to employees in schools open for the children of key workers and ​for vulnerable ​pupils and students.  This includes special schools where many children have health issues that make them vulnerable to infection, and schools ​with ​pupils outside mainstream education where pupil behaviour and social distancing is a challenge. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said:

Government must let schools go online to rescue Christmas, says UNISON

Government must let schools go online to rescue Christmas, says @unisontheunion School support staff are urging ministers to let education leaders move all lessons online from next month, says UNISON. 

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