UNISON, alongside our sister trade unions, have serious concerns about the safety of staff, pupils and parents regarding the Governments plans on re-opening schools to more pupils.

In Dudley, we are seeking assurances from the Local Authority, that schools will only open to more pupils when it is safe to do so. We are aware that different schools are taking different approaches. Some Local Authorities have concluded it is not safe to open to the extra year groups as requested by the Government on 1st June. 

You can find here a a model letter to hand to your headteacher if you choose to. From the Branch we have written to over one hundred headteachers in Dudley, asking that they enter into collective discussions with us and provide a fully copy of their risk assessment. The joint trade unions have also written to every Labour Councillor pointing out our concerns.

If you have specific concerns about your school then please get in touch with us – either by phone on 01384 444323 – or email to

See here for a copy of the joint union checklist guide for Primary Schools. We believe this checklist will clearly demonstrate just how unsafe increasing pupil numbers on 1 June would be.

Be sure to bookmark UNISON's national schools page on Facebook as well as UNISON's school advice page for the latest information and developments.

May 22, 2020