School support staff across the North East will be recognised today (Friday) as part of a UK-wide celebration of the invaluable contribution they make to children’s education.
UNISON has organised the ‘Stars in Our Schools’ event to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to every school. Some schools will be holding special assemblies and events on the day.
In the Northern region, UNISON staff and members have been visiting schools throughout this week, delivering information packs to members. UNISON wants to mark and recognise the hard work school support staff do, and to let them know how much we value their contribution.
Labour candidates also got involved around the region visiting schools and meeting staff working in their communities: Susan Dungworth, Blyth Valley candidate met staff in Eastlea Primary school; Liz Twist, Blaydon candidate met staff in Parkhead Primary School in Winlaton and Catherine McKinnell, Newcastle North is visited Regent Farm First School.
UNISON regional secretary Clare Williams said: “School support staff are the unsung heroes that keep the wheels of education turning. This annual UK-wide celebration day is a great opportunity for pupils, parents and teachers to promote the work of their support staff and thank them for their outstanding contribution.
“They are true stars in our schools and do a lot more than they are given credit for. They help children through the toughest of times, so it’s only fair their huge contribution is celebrated.
“From cooks, cleaners and caretakers to family support advisers, examinations staff and school business managers, they play a vital role in every aspect of school life. School support staff are an integral part of education, contributing to the success of schools and the learning experience of our children.”