Aberdeenshire UNISON

17th December 2013 A class act

Celebration for School Support Staff

On November 29th Meldrum Academy, working in partnership with UNISON, celebrated all School Support Staff. During the day both teaching staff and pupils thanked and praised the work that support staff undertook to enable and enhance the learning experience of the pupils.

Susan and school staff
Susan, staff and senior pupils celebrate school support staff

A special break time treat was put on for all the staff and tea and coffee was served by some of the senior pupils.

Meldrum’s Head Boy told the staff how invaluable the support staff were in the school and that in-class support was very much appreciated and has benefited many pupils at the academy.

Susan Kennedy said “I would like to thank all the staff and pupils who have made today’s celebration a success.

"We need to highlight the importance of school support staff and work together to protect their roles within Aberdeenshire schools.

"We will be running a programme of school meetings in the New Year to follow on from our School Support Staff survey, so look forward to coming along to discuss all the issues and move forward with our campaign”.


29th November 2013

A Class Act - Aberdeenshire UNISON celebrates the “unsung heroes” in our schools

On Friday 29th November the Branch will be celebrating all school support staff, as part of UNISON’s National Day of Celebration for Pupil Support Assistants.

The Branch will work in partnership with Meldrum Academy and for the whole of the previous week, the school will be holding special assemblies as part of that celebration.

UNISON will provide the refreshments for a special celebration at tea break in Meldrum Academy on Friday, the National Day of Celebration.

Susan Kennedy
Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy, Assistant Branch Secretary and herself a Pupil Support Assistant (PSA) said, “Our children’s education matters. Classroom assistants, technicians, administration, clerical and other support staff, many of them UNISON members, play a vital role in delivering that education, yet they remain unsung heroes in our education system.

“Most teachers and parents recognise that schools could not function as well as they do without school support staff. PSAs support our most vulnerable young people in the classroom, but all support staff are a vital part of our education team in schools.

“That’s why we are taking a day, 29 November, to highlight what a great job they do.”




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