School Plans

NJC Consultative Pay Ballot Closed

Unison’s consultative pay ballot on the NJC pay offer closed on Friday 28th June.

Thank you to those of you who took part in the ballot and used your opportunity to have your say on your pay.

Unison’s national NJC pay committee meets on 2nd July to discuss the results and next steps, and we will be in touch as soon as an outcome is communicated to branches.

Find out more about the pay offer and the ballot here


2024/25 NJC Pay Claim Submitted

Despite providing some of the most vital services in our communities, council and school staff have seen 25% wiped from the value of their pay since 2010. Staff are continuing to struggle with the cost-of-living crisis and will find better-paid, less-stressful work elsewhere if their pay continues to lose its value.

As part of the 2024 pay claim, we are asking for all council employees to receive

A wage increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is the greater

This is the only way to maintain the staff levels necessary to deliver services to the public, looking after the most vulnerable, giving children the education they need and keeping neighbourhoods safe.

Find out more details about the Pay Claim here


Notice of Ealing Unison AGM

Find out the details here


Agreement reached on 2023 NJC Pay Award

Read the details here…


Unison Schools Newsletter 2023

Launch of Ealing Unison Black Members Group


Unison Schools Newsletter 2023


RAAC

School Buildings – Safety Concerns | Key issues | UNISON National

Unison Statement on NJC Pay Ballot

The ballot of council and school members covered by the NJC in England and Wales, on the pay offer for 2023, closed on 4 July. Regions have been sent the full results, and branches should now have the ballot results for employers in which they have members. As this was a ballot of 345,000 members in more than 4,300 employers, the process of getting results out has been a complicated one, and branches are thanked for their patience.

UNISON’s NJC Committee met on 11 July to consider the full results of the ballot. Due to the Tory anti-trade union laws, we can only take industrial action in employers where we achieved a turnout of 50% or more (with a majority voting for action). We passed this turnout threshold in a number of employers, but most of these were smaller employers. Given the legal restrictions placed on action, the NJC Committee agreed to await the ballot results from our sister union Unite, whose ballot closes at the end of July, before confirming publicly our agreed next steps.

We appreciate this causes some delay for members in moving on from the ballot, but under the circumstances we know branches will understand and bear with us.


Unison NJC Pay Ballot Closed- Results

We have now received our NJC Ballot results. It’s not what we’d hoped for.

In Ealing:

The NJC Pay disaggregated ballot for the majority of our branch, which included the council and community schools (all LBE Employees) achieved a turnout of 42.17%.

Sadly, this means we did not meet the 50% threshold to have a successful ballot.

We only achieved an over 50% turnout and vote for possible strike action in 5 specific schools (Non-community and balloted as individual employers). We will write to these members separately.
As a result, the Branch Committee and reps are considering what to do about this and whether or not it would be right and appropriate to ask members in these schools to take strike action.

We also need to await the result of several National Meetings being held next week to have a clearer understanding of what will happen next – which may including having to accept the employers pay offer.

We will be in touch with further information as soon as we have some next week.

On behalf of the branch, I’d like to thank those of you who took part and voted in this ballot.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to talk.

 

NJC Ballot Page

2024/25 NJC Pay Claim Submitted

Despite providing some of the most vital services in our communities, council and school staff have seen 25% wiped from the value of their pay since 2010. Staff are continuing to struggle with the cost-of-living crisis and will find better-paid, less-stressful work elsewhere if their pay continues to lose its value.

As part of the 2024 pay claim, we are asking for all council employees to receive

A wage increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is the greater

This is the only way to maintain the staff levels necessary to deliver services to the public, looking after the most vulnerable, giving children the education they need and keeping neighbourhoods safe.

Notice of Ealing Unison AGM

Find out the details here


Agreement reached on 2023 NJC Pay Award

Read the details here…


Unison Schools Newsletter 2023

Launch of Ealing Unison Black Members Group


Unison Schools Newsletter 2023


RAAC

School Buildings – Safety Concerns | Key issues | UNISON National

Unison Statement on NJC Pay Ballot

The ballot of council and school members covered by the NJC in England and Wales, on the pay offer for 2023, closed on 4 July. Regions have been sent the full results, and branches should now have the ballot results for employers in which they have members. As this was a ballot of 345,000 members in more than 4,300 employers, the process of getting results out has been a complicated one, and branches are thanked for their patience.

UNISON’s NJC Committee met on 11 July to consider the full results of the ballot. Due to the Tory anti-trade union laws, we can only take industrial action in employers where we achieved a turnout of 50% or more (with a majority voting for action). We passed this turnout threshold in a number of employers, but most of these were smaller employers. Given the legal restrictions placed on action, the NJC Committee agreed to await the ballot results from our sister union Unite, whose ballot closes at the end of July, before confirming publicly our agreed next steps.

We appreciate this causes some delay for members in moving on from the ballot, but under the circumstances we know branches will understand and bear with us.


Unison NJC Pay Ballot Closed- Results

We have now received our NJC Ballot results. It’s not what we’d hoped for.

In Ealing:

The NJC Pay disaggregated ballot for the majority of our branch, which included the council and community schools (all LBE Employees) achieved a turnout of 42.17%.

Sadly, this means we did not meet the 50% threshold to have a successful ballot.

We only achieved an over 50% turnout and vote for possible strike action in 5 specific schools (Non-community and balloted as individual employers). We will write to these members separately.
As a result, the Branch Committee and reps are considering what to do about this and whether or not it would be right and appropriate to ask members in these schools to take strike action.

We also need to await the result of several National Meetings being held next week to have a clearer understanding of what will happen next – which may including having to accept the employers pay offer.

We will be in touch with further information as soon as we have some next week.

On behalf of the branch, I’d like to thank those of you who took part and voted in this ballot.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to talk.

 

NJC Ballot Page

Ealing Unison Branch Bulletin:

Ealing Unison Bulletin 16th June 2023

Following Unison’s rejection of the employers below inflation pay offer in March, our National NJC Pay Ballot opens on 23rd MayThe ballot will run until 4th July.

If your employer follows NJC pay (including LA maintained, VA and foundation schools and the vast majority of academies), a ballot will be sent to your home address in a red envelope.

The employers made it clear that their below inflation offer was their final offer, so if we want an improved pay offer we will need to be prepared to take strike action in order to do so.

All you have to do is open the envelope, vote yes and return your ballot using the pre-paid envelope provided. You can also help by discussing this ballot with your colleagues and encouraging them to make sure they’ve used their vote too. Thanks to this government’s anti-trade union legislation, we require a 50% turnout in order to achieve a successful ballot.

The best way that we can respond to cuts in our pay and attacks on workers rights is to vote in this ballot, so let’s make it happen!

During the ballot, we will be holding online and face to face meetings across our schools and workplaces, and will also be emailing, calling and texting to make sure build momentum and do all we can to engage with each other during this crucial time.

If you’re interested in becoming a pay ballot contact or workplace rep during this time to help get the vote out and spread the word, please get in touch with us at Ealingunison@ealing.gov.uk or call 0800 0 857 857.

If you don’t receive a ballot or are worried that you’ve not been included in the ballot, you can call a dedicated helpline to request a new ballot be sent to you. Details will be shared here on our website when the phoneline goes live.

You can keep up to date with the latest news about the ballot and download resources for your workplace, as well as digital materials for social media, on the Unison NJC Pay website 

Use the Unison pay calculator to work out how much your pay should increase based on the current inflation rate so you can see just how ineffective the current offer really is

PAY CALCULATOR


Unison moves to strike ballot on2023 NJC Pay Claim

National Joint Council (NJC) pay is due to be awarded on 1 April this year. Our claim, including a permanent increase of RPI + 2% on all scale points, was submitted on 30th January. This would equate to an increase of 12.4%.

The National Employers responded on 23rd Feb, making what they call a full and final offer of  an increase of £1,925 (£2,229 in Ealing with London Weighting and pro rata for part-time employees) to be paid as a consolidated, permanent addition on all NJC pay points 2 to 43 inclusive, with an increase of 3.88% on all pay points above the maximum of the pay spine but graded below deputy chief officer.

Given that the offer falls short of what we asked for, Unison’s National pay committee has decided to move straight to a ballot of all members under NJC Pay to secure a mandate for industrial action. This will require at least a 50% turnout. Ballot papers will be posted to your home address in May. Please make sure that your membership details are up to date. You can do this by

  • Logging on to my unison
  • Call- 0800 0857 857
  • Email- EalingUnison@ealing.gov.uk

You can read the full pay claim, the employers response and keep up to date with the latest on this years pay negotiations here:

NJC: Council and school pay 2023 | Campaigns | UNISON National

You can read the full pay claim here:

NJC-Pay-Claim-2023

You can also find out who your local councillor is and contact them about our pay claim here:

Contact my councillor


Guidance from Ealing Unison about NEU Teachers’ Strike

Ealing LA Guidance on Strike Action by NEU Jan 23 – Vers Final

Ealing Unison letter to HTs- NEU Teacher Strikes



Archbishops must honour Real Living Wage pledge for Chruch School Staff, Says Unison


The following communication has been received from Ealing Payroll in relation to the School Support Staff pay rises for 22/23.

The pay awards will be implemented in the December pay run (backdated to April 22).

  1. Pay Award value – As Ealing apply the outer London pay spines, the award value is £2229 on each scale point (slightly higher than the national award of £1925). The award only applies to Basic Pay and London Weighting. Ealing Supplement is not included in the award and will not be uplifted as this is a local agreement.
  2. Additional Holiday – From 01 April 2023, support staff will get an extra day’s annual leave entitlement. The term time only calculation will be updated at this time and TTO staff will see the increase in the Gross Pay.  There will be a 0.2 increase to the ‘weeks paid’ for TTO staff. For ‘all year round’ support staff, the additional day will be added to the annual leave balance.

Please note that employees in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) may suffer financial penalties as a result of the payment of the backpay element of the NJC pay award. 

All employees affected by this issue should firstly speak to their Universal Credit Work Coach via their online account or call the Universal Credit Helpline on 0800 328 5644 and once they have done this and if they are affected should contact the Payroll section in the HR & OD department at Ealing Council on genpayroll@ealing.gov.uk for assistance


2022 NJC Pay Award Settled

The trade union side of the NJC Executive (Unison, Unite, GMB) met on 1st November to share the respective unions’ consultation results and agree the way forward. UNISON members and GMB members had voted to accept the 2022-23 pay offer, while Unite members had voted to reject it.

Consequently, the meeting agreed to accept the 2022-23 pay offer.

We will liaise with employers (covered by the NJC pay arrangements) to ensure the pay increase and backpay are paid as a matter of urgency. In Ealing, the pay increase and backpay will be implemented in the December 2022 Salary.

LGS Pay 01Apr22

Pay Agreement GLPC letter Nov22


The consultation closed on Tuesday 20 September and we have now received the results. UNISON members have voted to accept the pay offer. Of those who voted, 63.5% voted to accept the offer and 36.5% voted to reject.

There are three recognised unions involved in the local government pay talks: UNISON, GMB and Unite. We now await the results of GMB’s and Unite’s consultations on 2022 pay, both of which will end in October.


Once all three unions have their consultation results, we will meet to agree a joint trade union position.

UNISON schools newsletter Autumn 2022

The cost of living crisis is driving Teaching Assistants into other work- Guardian Article

UNISON Commissioned Report: From Covid to the Cost of Living. The crises remaking the role of teaching assistants

Unison Consultative Ballot on Pay Offer

Unison’s National negotiators have decided to hold a consultative ballot of members on the pay offer made by employers.

This will not be a ballot about taking strike action, but on your view about whether to accept or reject the pay offer made by the employers.

To those of you who have already given your views to the Branch, thank you very much for your responses. They have all been noted. You may need to vote again even if you did respond to us before, but we will let you know as soon as we find out.

The consultative ballot is now on and ends on 19th September.

Please email your name, Place of work and Employer as well as ACCEPT or REJECT to Ealingunison@ealing.gov.uk

Ealing Unison recommends you VOTE TO REJECT the pay offer.

NJC Pay offer Details- 25th July 2022

FAO Unison Members under NJC Pay and Conditions

The employers side have made an offer to raise pay from April 2022, in response to the unions claim. This will apply to all members employed by the Council and other employers, including schools, whose wages and conditions are set by the National Joint Council (NJC).

Unison’s claim was for £2,000 on all spinal column points or the rate or Retail Price Index – currently over 11%

The offer is for:

•       An increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points 1 and above           (This equates to £2,229 including London Weighting)

•       An increase of 4.04 per cent on all allowances

•       From 1st April 2023, An increase of one day to all                        employees’ annual leave  entitlement

•       The deletion of pay point 1 from the NJC pay spine

 

Salary increases range from 10.5% for the lowest to 4.04% for the highest grades. You can see the proposed percentage increases for your individual pay points (SCPs) in the employers letter here:

Emps to NJC TUs pay offer 25Jul22

The employers have rejected the introduction of a school support staff retention payment scheme, as well as a one off Covid 19 recognition payment.

Ealing Unison Reaction

This is a pay cut for all members – even the lowest paid. With inflation at 11%, heating and energy costs set to rocket, and food prices rising every week, this pay offer just adds to our problems. The employers offer means that no staff will receive an inflation-equivalent pay increase

Unison members have lost 27% of their 2010 wages through pay settlements that failed to meet up with inflation. This offer, if accepted will just add to that figure.

On 31 March, the energy price cap was £1,277 per year. It is predicted to rise to £3,244. The pay offer will not even cover the increased cost of your energy bills.

Unison National negotiators will meet on Friday 28 July to respond and consider next steps. They want to know how members feel about this offer.

As a branch committee, Ealing has made our National negotiators aware that we recommend rejecting the employers offer and moving straight to an Industrial Action ballot.

Please feel free to give your reaction to the offer by emailing Ealingunison@ealing.gov.uk

Do you feel Unison should accept this offer – Reply ACCEPT

Or

Do you feel Unison should reject the offer and move to an industrial action ballot. Reply REJECT

We will keep you updated as soon as we hear the outcome of today’s meeting with Unison national negotiators.

You can also follow the latest on twitter and our website:

EalingUnison (@EalingUnison) / Twitter

Supreme Court Judgement means all UK workers will receive the same minimum level of paid annual holiday leave- 20th July

Read the full Supreme Court Judgement here

Listen to the Judgement here

Latest for School Members- July 2022

UNISON and Labour highlight the importance of School Support Staff

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Benefits of being a Unison Member

From Discounts on insurance, holidays, health cover to free legal advice for you and your family, find out more about the benefits you’re entitled to as a Unison member here

NJC pay claim 2022-2023 – 6 June 2022

Ealing Unison letter to Ealing Cabinet- NJC Pay Claim 2022

18th June TUC Rally: Together we will rise in UNISON

Free Legal support for Unison Members and their Families

As a member of UNISON Greater London, you and your family have access to specialist legal advice and representation from the UK’s leading trade union law firm, Thompsons Solicitors.

Over the past year, Thompsons has secured just under £5 million in compensation for UNISON Greater London members who have suffered injury or illness at or away from work.

Ensure you and your loved ones receive 100% of compensation

As a UNISON Greater London member, you and your loved ones keep 100% of any

compensation secured. You get access to Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist expertise and you won’t pay a penny in legal fees – win or lose.

Call your dedicated legal specialists for a chat about how they can help on 0800 0 857 857.

 

Fill out a form online Start a Claim | Thompsons Trade Union Solicitors

Here’s a reminder of your full legal package

UNISON Greater London members are covered for a wide range of legal matters, including:

· Personal injury – at or away from work, on holiday or on the roads

· Serious injury – including brain injuries and spinal cord injuries

· Industrial disease or illness – including asbestos-related diseases.

 

Members also have access to:

· Special funding terms for medical negligence claims

· Employment law support (accessed via your UNISON branch)

· A free, online simple wills service and reduced rates for more complex wills, conveyancing and powers of attorney

· Help defending work-related criminal allegations

· Advice on settlement agreements.

 

Family members get help with:

· Personal injury advice and representation for accidents and injuries away from work, on holiday or on the roads

· Reduced rates for wills, conveyancing and powers of attorney.

 

2021 Pay Offer Settled

Agreement has been reached on the pay award for local government services (‘Green Book’) employees, covering the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The attached circular sets out the detail.

LGS Pay 01Apr21

In accordance with London agreement the London pay spines and allowances will be uprated as follows.
• With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 2.75 per cent on pay point 1
• With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 1.75 per cent on all pay points 2 and
above

Ealing Payroll has indicated that it will implement the new rate plus the 11 months of back pay in the March 2022 Payroll.

 

Latest For members in Schools- January 2022

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UNISON Pay Calculator- Click here to try it

Local government members working in councils and schools are balloting for strike action. But why? What has happened? And what’s next? Here is everything you need to know about council and school pay:

1 People working in councils and schools have been offered a 1.75% pay rise. Or 2.75% if they are on the lowest pay point.

2 Inflation is expected to average over 3% for 2021 – and RPI (rate of inflation) is currently running at 4.8%. That means that in real terms this offer is really a pay cut.

3 Over the last year, some costs have risen significantly – even higher than inflation:

  • petrol and oil – 17.9%;
  • electricity bills – 5.8%;
  • house prices – 8%;
  • rents – 6.9%;
  • nursery place for a child under two – 4%.

4 The value of local government pay is now 25% lower than it was in 2010. Year after year, it’s been chipped away. That means, in effect, local government workers work at least a day a week for free, compared to 2010.

5 41,202 staff working in councils and schools don’t even earn the real living wage of £9.50.

6 68% of those working in local government are women.

7 From December 1 to January 14, UNISON is balloting its local government members, asking if they are willing to go on strike to improve their pay.

8 375,000 thousand people are being balloted.

9 They work in 40,000 workplaces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

10 This would be the first local government pay strike since 2014.

11 79% of members who voted in the first indicative ballot voted to reject the pay offer and move to ballot for strike.

Find out more on the campaign hub here

If you work in a council or school, you’ll receive an important letter and your voting papers through the post from 1 December. Keep your eyes peeled! Every member must return their vote in the free post envelope by 14 January. Your vote is vital.

Are your address details up to date? Check here

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Unions call for safety measures to return in schools- September 2021

Local services face catastrophic cuts. Watch here

Ealing Unison Secures Pay Increase for 300 staff who work under the Ealing Schools Catering Contract

LG_02_NJC Circular on CV/CEV- 8th January

Latest Unison advice for Members in Schools- 8th January

Advice for UNISON members working in special schools and colleges

January-model-letter-for-members-2

January Schools Advice

COVID- Your rights at work

Black History Month Virtual Event- 23rd October

Watch Unison’s Campaign Video

No going back to normal- Sign the Unison letter and join the campaign

Unison School Members Page- FAQs, Template Letters, advice and support, staff at higher risk- 22nd September 2020

Joint Union Checklist for September- 8th September 2020

Joint Union Checklist for Medically Vulnerable and High Risk Groups- September 2020

UNISON response to Govt Plans to fully re-open schools in September- 3rd July 2020

Government Guidance for full opening of Schools in September 2020

Join Unison in Schools Facebook Page

Covid-19 Response Fund- Financial assistance for members- 19th June

Govt U-Turn on free summer school meals- 17th June

Learning for Unison Members and Activists

NJC Circ Coronavirus and return to work test trace and hospital admission 12Jun2020

Unison free online CPD, Courses, Resources for members

 

Unison has also created a 1_June_template_letter_for_members for staff to send to your employer should you still feel that your concerns have not been addressed and that it is not safe to attend work.

You can also find a joint union checklist for primary, secondary and special schools (see below) to evaluate whether your school risk assessment covers the main health and safety requirements.

Unison continues to consult with all schools- including special and secondary- to ensure that members health and safety is protected and that you are safe at work.

Ealing Unison Branch officers were be in attendance at the Council and Trade Union Joint Committee on 29th September 2020  and will be pushing councilors including the Council Leader on their response to covid-19 and how best to support schools in Ealing during this time.

If you do wish to get in touch with us for support, advice or representation please email judged@ealing.gov.uk or ealingunison@ealing.gov.uk


 

Guidance and template letter for vulnerable employees- 28th May

Email to members in Schools- 20th May 2020

Ealing Unison letter to Heads- Risk Assessments- 20th May 2020

Coronavirus Primary Workplace checklist PDF -18th May

Joint union planning guide for secondary schools

Joint union planning guide for special schools

Model-letter-for-school-members to send to Head Teachers

Outcome of Unison National Schools Committee Meeting- 14th May

Find out how Unison’s Charity- There For You- can help

Joint TUC Statement from Education Unions’- 13th May 2020

Unison Short Statement- 11th May

Colleagues, tomorrow we will be working with the other TUC education unions to agree a joint position on returning to schools in response to tonight’s additional guidance from the Department for Education (England) on schools opening. Until then we would advise members not to engage with planning for a return to school on June 1st. Look out for the statement tomorrow

Unison Response to PM’s Statement of 10th May

TUC Joint Statement- 8th May

Unison Local Govt Update- 5th May

Unison Posters and Social Media Graphics

EGFL Gatekeeping Newsletter- 29th April

PPE Not Promises- Unison Advice and Petition- 29th April

NJC Pay Offer and Union Response- 28th April

TUESDAY 28th  April – Is Workers Memorial Day. Please take some time to watch this video made by Camden UNISON.  We would ask all workers to take some time at 11am tomorrow to join with UNISON and all Trade Unionists across the world to think of all those front line workers who have lost there lives not only during this crisis but while doing their job.

Unison National Covid-19 Schools Page

Joint Union Statement on Re-opening of Schools- 16th April

Update on guidance for PPE use in the provision of direct personal care to children with special educational needs

Govt Guidance on Social Distancing in Education Settings-7th April

Govt Guidance on PPE- 12th April 2020

3 April – Covid-19 FAQs school support staff – England and Wales

Visit the News page more information

Ealing Schools Volunteer Database

Volunteer Database – For Schools

Ealing are seeking to establish a database of volunteers from within the current workforce in Ealing Schools who are willing to be deployed to other schools in Ealing should the need arise.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2LPXSGV

Staff  should not volunteer unless they can be released by their own school and remember that the scheme is voluntary.  Any staff that are already self-isolating or not working due to age or a pre-existing medical condition are not to complete the questionnaire.

 

Once Ealing LA start to get replies they will be able to download them into a spreadsheet and send this to Heads who request it along with a password to open the spreadsheet.

 

Of course we will be negotiating with Schools and the Council to ensure that those volunteer staff who work during periods of school closure to ensure that staff are appropriately compensated in this eventuality.

 

Schools in UK to close to most Pupils from Friday 20th March. Provision

The Government have announced that UK Schools will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

The Government have said that children of key workers such as NHS staff, Police and delivery drivers will continue to be educated.

The Government also released guidance yesterday evening on:

How Schools will maintain educational provision for keyworker and vulnerable children(Including a list of those considered to be keyworkers)

Continuing to provide free school meals to all pupils who qualify

All maintained Schools in the Borough of Ealing will be open from Monday 23rd March to provide educational provisions for keyworker and vulnerable children only. Unison is clear that schools an the Local Authority should:

  • Continue full pay for all staff and guarantee full pay for contractors (catering, cleaning etc) and agency staff during this emergency period;
  • Suspend all sickness absence procedures and ensure no detriment to staff;
  • Conduct health and safety risk assessments, provide protective equipment and ensure the school is fully stocked with all necessary cleaning products;
  • Postpone redundancies, restructures, TUPE transfers and non urgent disciplinary hearings (etc) during this period, to free up resources and to reduce the number of people going into schools;
  • Work with unions and employers locally and nationally to help get schools and pupils and staff through the crisis, with both sides recognising the need for flexibility;
  • Arrange rotas and schedules to reduce the number of staff required on site while still providing safe care for children who need to attend. With vastly reduced pupil numbers, there is no need for all staff to work on site each day. Home working (where the role permits) for staff not scheduled to be on site will also better achieve the recommended social distancing of staff and pupils in school.
  • Adopt the approach of asking for volunteers first on issues of redeployment and additional hours;
  • Ensure staff are fully paid for working through the Easter holidays.

 

The Government is clear that Schools and families need to follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

Ealing LA are finalising their scheme to ensure FSM pupils who are not attending school can continue to have lunch provided for them during this difficult time.

Schools are liaising with their on-site catering services and catering providers to make sure plans are in place to provide free school meals to eligible pupils attending school on site.

Asked whether schools that have already closed to pupils will be forced to re-open to key worker children, the PM says the government will work to ensure that – where necessary – schools will provide facilities for those pupils.

Read the BBC news article on School Closures here

Schools, Charities and Local Authorities will be working together to provide food for pupils on free school meals

Government answer promised after school shutdown confusion

“Not every school [will be] providing the service for key workers and the vulnerable,” he adds.

However, he says that on Monday 23 March vulnerable children and the children of key-worker parents should turn up to their current school as normal.

Ealing Unison and sister Trade Unions will be in close communication and consultation with the Local Authority over the coming days to clarify the Council’s response to these announcements and work out how these measures will be implemented. We will update members as soon as possible via this website and email.