We hope you had a peaceful break, recharged your batteries and now the long season starts. Children will be excited to see you back at work.
As we enter the new term, we reflect what has happened towards the end of summer and what may happen in the coming year. As you know the Government reached an agreement with the Teacher Unions over their pay, however there is confusion on what is, or is not a FULLY FUNDED PAY AWARD for Teachers. UNISON has raised its concerns with the DFE that this Teacher Pay Award is not fully funded and could have a serious impact on school budgets and as we know School Support Staff will be the
first targets for any cuts.
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Since January this year the DfE and ministers have done all they can to avoid the repeated requests made to provide parents and staff with information on the true conditions of our schools.
Instead they have found every possible loop hole to avoid publishing the information, with the minister even failing to meet his promise to parliament to publish the data before the summer break. We now have the absurd situation of government departments ringing schools days before term begins, telling them to prepare for potential building closures. It’s time for the government to get to grips with the issue and ensure our schools are safe – now and for generations to come. – Mike Short. UNISON Head of Education