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NJC Pay

Posted: 22nd February 2019

NJC pay for maintained schools
Schools have been made aware that changes to the Support Staff pay structure will need to take place effective from 1st April 2019, as part of the 2 year pay deal agreed between the National Employers’ Association and the Trade Unions.

In real terms, the…

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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 due to the rise in childhood asthma and allergies, reduction in school nurses and with education becoming more inclusive.

Ideally parents or guardians should be encouraged to administer medicines themselves by visiting the school or…

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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 (TA’s) 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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‘Teaching assistants are being exploited when they are asked to undertake responsibilities for which they’re not paid’

Posted: 18th July 2016

‘Teaching assistants are being exploited when they are asked to undertake responsibilities for which they’re not paid’

TAs are being used by struggling schools to fill teaching vacancies, and it benefits no one – pupils, teachers or themselves – writes a leader of a major teaching union

More than 50,000 teachers decided, last year, to…

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