The government has warned schools in England not to send children home to save on energy costs this winter.
It is usually accepted that people work best at a temperature between 16°C and 24°C, although this can vary depending on the kind of work being done. There are no specific legal maximum working temperatures for schools. However, there are some sources of legal protection for school staff and pupils:
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff and others present in the workplace (eg pupils), thereby providing a need to seek to protect against excessive working temperatures.
Its summer holiday time. The preprooms across UK are now organised, cleaned, you've followed all of the CLEAPSS guidelines, and locked up for the Summer holidays. We on TecHKnow will be enjoying our holidays as well. From time to time, between the hot weather, our outdoor swimming pool, cold beer, family trips to the coast and not forgetting barbeques we will try to drop by and check on what is happening here. Honestly.
From all us on TecHKnow enjoy your summer break. We will remain open for anyone who, for any reason, wants to drop by for a chat.
This week sees one of the biggest Rail Striiles for nearly 30 years. If you are unable to get into work because you are affected by the Tube strike, what are your rights?
Remember, you don’t have a legal right to be paid for working time you have missed missed due to travel disruption. It is a good idea for you to discuss and agree as soon as possible how any missing time will be treated. Normally your school or college workplace should have a policy on this. it may reflect something similar to very bad weather like snow. For example, taking extra days as holiday, unpaid leave or paid special leave.
Can I be disciplined for failure to turn into work during strike action?
The answer is yes. However, disciplinary action would rely on two points. First of all that you failed to tell your employer in advance that you would be unable to make it into work. Secondly that you did not make a reasonable attempt to try and get into work by some other means. The term reasonable is crucial here, because if you could not make it into work by eg., car share, taxi or even by bus, then your employer should be sympathetic to your situation. However, bringing this early to your schoole principal is strongly advisable.
Should you find that you are subject to disciplinary action then contact your Trade Union rep as soon as possible for advice and representation.
This year they want to celebrate the hard work of Technicians by showcasing some of their greatest achievements.
The NTDC are offering bigger, better prizes and the winners will be announced in person at their Partner Forum Event on September 8th 2022. They are looking for Technicians to showcase some work that they are proud of, big or small, we want to celebrate it!
Applications are already opened. The closing date for this competition will be 31st August 2022.
The winner of the competition will receive £300 and a ticket to the NTDC Partner Forum (September 8th 2022) to collect a framed version of their photograph.
Two runners up will receive £200 each and a ticket to the NTDC Partner Forum (September 8th 2022).
UNISON and the shadow education secretary, Bridget Phillipson, have today released a joint statement at the union’s school support staff seminar.
The statement highlights the vital role that school support staff have played during the pandemic, the woeful response of the government to the cost of living crisis, and reinforced UNISON and Labour’s belief that school support staff need to be ‘front and centre of the future school system’....[UNISON May 2002 - Read more here..]