Wednesday 19 December 2018


On behalf of the Branch, can I thank everyone of our schools based members who took part in our recent survey; we had a really good response. I can also let you know that as a result of UNISON making representations about the recent spike in incidents in some of your workplaces, we are now engaged in a consultation with the Council where we will be able to make comments and suggestions on proposed new workplace guidance and policies for Aggression and Violence, Physical Intervention and Behaviours that Challenge. Our schools based Stewards (i.e those best placed to make comments and advise management on the realities) are considering these documents as I write and the Branch will formally submit their views early in the New Year.
As a result, we've held back on full publication of the survey results and presentation to the Council. It's our intention to share the results of the survey at the next Children & Learning Consultative group meeting on 22 January where we'll be able to share our views on both the consultation referred to above, and the survey results. We are of the view that the data gathered in the survey and our consultation feedback will make a difference to our members lives at work when presented to the employer. Prior to the meeting, we will of course be publishing the full results of the survey.
And whilst we're writing...........
As you'll know, the Branch has a number of trained Stewards across the Council and our other employers who help and work with our members. It would be great to have another steward or two in our schools and in particular the primary sector. You get full training and paid time off whilst assisting or members in meetings and hearings and the support of Branch offiers and UNISON's full time officials. If this interests you, please do get in touch with the Branch Office ( or phone 07999 344300) and we can talk through with you what's involved.

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