ABERDEENSHIRE UNISON PRESS RELEASE
21 November, 2016
TEACHERS AND PUPILS TO HOLD NATIONAL CELEBRATION DAY TO RECOGNISE THE 'STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS'
School support staff across Aberdeenshire will be recognised this week on Friday 25 November as part of a UK-wide celebration of the invaluable contribution they make to the education of pupils.
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.
Events across Aberdeenshire will include pupils and staff celebrating the ‘Stars’ in their schools for the 4th year, with even more schools participating this year.
Aberdeenshire UNISON Assistant Secretary, Susan Kennedy said:
"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.
"School support staff are so often the unsung heroes in our schools and play an integral part of the education of young people. Their roles are incredibly diverse, 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 and without them schools could not run."
Neil Morrison, Head Teacher at Portlethen Academy said that he hadn’t realised just how many support staff he had working in the Academy until an afternoon tea was held for them to celebrate the event last year.
Resources for the event can be found on the UNISON Scotland and Aberdeenshire UNISON websites.
Notes to Editors
* The union represents about 250,000 school support workers across the UK, which include caretakers, cleaners, school cooks, catering assistants, lunchtime supervisors, admin and finance staff, data managers, examinations staff, school business managers, teaching assistants, classroom assistants, learning support assistants, cover supervisors, nursery nurses, library assistants, librarians, network managers, ICT technicians, food technicians, science technicians, design and technology technicians, attendance officers, family support advisers, learning mentors, school crossing patrol officers.
Contact: Susan Kennedy 07500 120875 or 01224 620624