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Administration of medicines in schools

Posted: 24th August 2016

 

Administration of medicines in schools

 

Increasingly GMB members working in schools are being asked to administer medicines to children. With the rise in childhood asthma and allergies, reduction in school nurses and with education becoming more inclusive, increasingly GMB members working in schools are being asked to administer medicines to children.

 

 

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Working Arrangements: Christmas & New Year 2016/17

Posted: 15th August 2016

Working Arrangements: Christmas & New Year 2016/17

Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2016 fall on Sunday and Monday respectively and New Year’s Day 2017 falls on a Sunday. The Government has designated Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January as public holidays with pay in substitution for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day respectively.…

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Anna Christina Connelly is teacher and writer. She is interested in union and wellbeing issues

Posted: 18th July 2016

Anna Christina Connelly is teacher and writer. She is interested in union and wellbeing issues. 

As teacher workload hits an all-time high and with pressures on schools growing, it is inevitable that this is now beginning to impact on school support staff.

I have interviewed teaching assistants (TAs) from around the country with many describing…

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‘Paltry pay’

Posted: 18th July 2016

‘Paltry pay’

This young man, it should be noted, takes home about £1,000 a month after tax. This paltry pay in no way reflects the responsibilities he is being given by the school.

This is, unfortunately, not an isolated example of exploitation. My email inbox is filling up with more horror stories as the weeks…

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