10 questions with… Jon Richards

Jon Richards is head of education at Unison and represents 350,000 support staff in schools and colleges. Throughout his 23-year stint at the union, he has faced his fair share of battles, and is used to going toe to toe with employers and the government to ensure his members have fair pay and conditions. But the challenges of Covid-19 for support staff have meant his role has become more demanding than ever before. He talks to Tes about his school days in Lichfield, his leadership style and why he will never stop shouting “what about support staff?”.

1. Were you a good student?

I loved primary school. I had some great teachers, a couple of whom had just come out of the war, so they had a lot of experience and great stories to tell. My

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