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Stars in our Schools

Julie Smith, Wendy Pemberton, both from South Bromsgrove High, Jim Price – UNISON, Jabba Riaz – Mayor of Worcester and Andrea Aldridge of Nunnery Wood High School

School support staff across the region were recognised on Friday 23rd November 2018 at The Guildhall in Worcester 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.  UNISON Branch Secretary Jim Price 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.”

It takes a whole team to make a school a safe and happy place for children to learn. School support staff help children learn, keep children safe and healthy and make sure schools run smoothly.   They are the caterers, the admin staff, the finance officers, the teaching assistants, the librarians, the ICT technicians, the parent support advisers, and more. The unsung heroes.

In the Worcestershire area, information was sent to 260 schools and Ms Jan Lines, our UNISON representative was keen to showcase our outstanding support staff.   Mrs Wendy Pemberton, a Technology Technician and Mrs Julie Smith, a Mathematics Learning Assistant were two of the three winners for the area.    South Headteacher, Mr Chris Smith, said “This is fantastic news.  It is brilliant that the hard work of our colleagues in the Support Staff is recognised in this way. The dedication that they show to the students and teachers every day means that we can continue to offer the best possible education for our young people.   Wendy and Julie attended a reception at the Guildhall in Worcester to receive their awards