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Changing the Culture – reducing violence in schools

Everyone recognises that there is a rising tide of violence in schools, but there is little consensus on what is the best way to address it.

GMB, the trade union for school support staff, has organised a conference to discuss the rising tide of violence in Wiltshire and Swindon schools.  Continue reading

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Swindon Borough Council proposed pay rates

GMB members working for local authorities are currently balloting on whether or not to accept the pay offer from the National Employers for Local Government Services. GMB welcomes the fact that we have broken through the government’s pay cap, and … Continue reading

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Please take our survey – violence in schools

GMB is extremely worried about the rising level of violence and aggression in schools. We are seeking stronger action from head teachers, governors and Wiltshire Council, and it would be very helpful for GMB to have recent evidence of your … Continue reading

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Swindon Borough Council policy on violence, aggression and anti-social behaviour in schools

This policy has been adopted by Swindon Borough Council, and has been distributed to Swindon’s schools. Read it here: swindon borough council violence policy GMB will be approaching academies and we have already spoken to Wiltshire Council seeking to extend … Continue reading

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Advice to GMB members at 24/7

GMB is the union for staff employed by the agency, 24/7 Recruitment, at the Marks and Spencer (M&S) distribution centre in Swindon. Several GMB members received a text message over the last two days, saying that they would not be … Continue reading

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Zero tolerance for violence, aggression or anti-social behaviour towards school staff

GMB, the trade union for school support staff, welcomes the introduction of a detailed policy for Swindon schools, which is designed to address the rising level of violence and abuse directed at school staff by pupils and parents. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Fighting for fair school funding

by Pete Baldrey, GMB member (pictured here with Labour’s shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner)   On Tuesday 24th October, GMB members Sarah Church and myself, along with concerned teachers and parents travelled to Westminster to lobby Swindon MPs on cuts … Continue reading

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