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Schools support staff ballot UPDATE!

Shadow Education spokesperson Angela Rayner appeared on TV to talk about schools funding , to see what see had to say got to our Facebook page.

Letter 4 13/02/19



Thousands of support staff posts have been cut in recent years. Workloads have spiralled, with support staff working unpaid overtime just to keep schools running. More than 25% of our members work nearly an extra day each week for no extra pay – just to get the job done.

The recent pay deal put more money in members’ pockets, but it’s still not enough. And, our terms and conditions are under attack as schools look for ways to save money resulting in redundancies and/or reduction of hours.  This has a significant impact on the children in our care.

We can’t go on like this. Our schools are too important to be put at risk by failing government policies, increasing workloads, funding and staffing cuts, which hurt support staff, teachers, and of course, children.


The consultative ballot in schools runs until 5 March. For more info about the ballot go here:

To actually vote go here:


Kind Regards

Carol Garfield

Assistant Branch Secretary for Schools,  Unison Birmingham Branch


 Letter 3

Dear UNISON School Support Staff member

Check your email because we’ve sent you a link to vote in an important ballot to stop workload increases and defend your pay, terms & conditions. Don’t wait to speak up for your school


  • School support staff in England: your ballot is open NOW.
  • Speak up for schools – your work is too important to be put at risk.
  • Check your email and vote now:
  • Please find attached Speak Up For Your School newsletter

Kind Regards

Carol Garfield

Assistant Branch Secretary for Schools,  Unison Birmingham Branch

Please Follow Us on Social Media!!!

Also please download our newsletter from the link at the bottom of the page.


Letter 2 - Jan 23rd 2019

Our Assistamt Branch Secreatry for Schools writes School writes:


Dear UNISON School Support Staff member

We know that for many years schools haven't received the funding that they need. Cuts to schools are affecting jobs, terms and conditions and, of course, education.
We think this needs to change. If you do too, have your say by voting in our ballot today.

You should have received your email with a link to vote.  Voting only takes two minutes. But it's the best way for you to have your say on what we do about this crisis. 

Visit for more information and a link to the online ballot for colleagues who do not use email. To vote you will need your National Insurance number or UNISON membership number

Posters and leaflets are being sent out to every school.  Please remind your colleagues to vote and if they haven’t received an email they may need to contact us to update our records. Non members can have their say by joining UNISON today go to or call 0800 0 857 857

Kind Regards

Carol Garfield

Assistant Branch Secretary for Schools,  Unison Birmingham Branch

Please Follow Us on Social Media!!!





School support staff in Engalnd will be asked whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the way the Government cuts are affecting their jobs and employment.

Unison wants to know what you think and what you are prepared to do to help us defend schools against further cuts and job losses.

It's about stopping workload increases and defending your pay, terms and conditions.

What happens next?

Check that Unison has your current e-mail address at

Unison will send you an e-mail when the ballot opens explaining how you can vote.

Visit to get more information.

To vote you will need your date of birth , national Insurance number or UNISON membership number.


Unison will hold an ONLINE indicative ballot in January.It opens on January 22nd.

Please read the above  and let us know your e-mail address if you have recently changed it and you work for schools. Thank you.

Unison has a Campaign Page .Please have a look at it.

The Background: 

The cuts:

Real terms cuts of £2.8 billion since 2015

Primary schools have had an average cut of £45,000 a year

Secondary schools average cut is £185,000 a year

But each school is different see your school at

New Funding:

£400 million for "little extras" -for one year.

£350 million for SEND (special educational needs) funding for over 2 years.

One off payments

They need a long term plan for Education funding.

Support staff cuts and restructuring:

overall increase in support staff up to 2016, but only in primary schools

Big job losses in secondary schoolls: eg 10% cuts in technicians and teaching assistants since 2013.

2017 onwards -job losses across all school types.

Unison survery in 2018 showed rthat there was

33% reduction in staff delivering pastoral care last year.

76% recently subject to restructuring and 38% said they'd had more than one restructure in the last 5 years.

The impact on staff and pupils: from UNISON surveys.

Increased stress and workload

Over a quarter of staff work more than 6 unpaid hours a week.

70% do work previously done by a higher grade staff and half of them are not trined to do it.

20% had time off work with stress related issues in the last five years.

90% of pastoral care staff regularly go home worrying about pupil welfare and safety.

Need for a ballot:

There's no evidence that the funding crisis will get better.

Unison has written , lobbied and campaigned

Government response has been not very much

If thre's no change, how many people will leave, become ill or get worse pay and conditions.

thre needs to be a Comprehensive Spending Review in 2019.

Questions on the ballot form:

  1. Do you belive the government funding cuts are having a negative effect on jobsm workloads, stress, pay  and terms  and conditions in schools?
  2. Do you believe that UNISON should continue to campaign on school funding for jobs, pay and terms and conditions?
  3. Would you be prepared to take industrial action to secure more money for jobs, pay and terms and conditions in schools?
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Download support our schools newsletter January 2019 File
Download support our schools letter 3- january 2019 File
Download support our schools letter 4 february 2019 File



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