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Welcome to the North East Region NASUWT

We hope you will find this website useful. It has been developed to enable you to make the most of your Union.

The NASUWT is one of the largest teacher unions in the United Kingdom. It is the only teacher union with members in all corners of the country. We organise in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. NASUWT has members in all the educational sectors offering them unrivalled support, advice and assistance.

The North East Region of the NASUWT covers the following areas: County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton on Tees and Sunderland.

The region has a highly organised network of activists working in our secondary, primary and special schools that can support its members in all aspects of their working lives.

In addition, the Regional Centre has a team of highly skilled staff that can support members from across the region.

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NASUWT COMMENTS ON POLICY EXCHANGE REPORT

Responding to the proposals in the Policy Exchange report that secondary schools should face fines if students fail to achieve at least a C in GCSE English and maths, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“The key recommendation of this report is arrant nonsense. It is symptomatic of an approach subscribed to by the Government, which is predicated on threats and punitive sanctions which detract from the failure of Government to invest in properly supporting pupils at all stages of their education.

“To penalise schools that have “failed” to support pupils to achieve grades C and above is not only senseless, it could also lead to perverse outcomes including further inequality and unfairness in relation to school admissions.

“The recognition that sixth form colleges and FE colleges have faced severe financial challenges is welcome. However, the prescription for addressing this demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the considerable challenges currently faced by many schools as well as by colleges.

“The concept of fining schools and reallocating funds to colleges is an unhelpful diversion from the real issue of the Government’s failure to properly invest in funding to ensure world-class provision across all phases of the education system.”

MAINTAINING SPENDING ON QUALITY EDUCATION WORLDWIDE ‘CRITICALLY IMPORTANT’

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, today called on the British Government to continue to honour its commitments to overseas development spending, particularly with regards to education.


Speaking at an NASUWT fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, NASUWT Deputy General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said in the post-Brexit environment spending to deliver quality education was critically important.


And he said he wanted Labour to continue to keep to its commitments to investing in international aid, especially in the areas of education development spending.


Also speaking at the fringe meeting was Stephen Twigg, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby and chair of the International Development Select Committee, and David Archer, of Action Aid International, who is also a co-founder and board member of the Global Campaign for Education. Chairing the meeting was Lucy Lamble, global development editor at the Guardian.

Dr Roach said: “From the NASUWT’s perspective we feel that Labour needs to make clear there are no attempts to move away from commitments to invest in international aid.

“This would send out the wrong signal and further send out the message that Britain is turning its back on the world.

“Cutting support for the world’s poorest, in terms of education, is not what the British people have asked for.

“The British people need to see that the agenda overseas is relevant for them. The message post Brexit is that development matters, not just in terms of how we create a world that is better for everyone, but how we create a Britain that is relevant for everyone and schools that work for everyone wherever they are educated, anywhere around the world.”

Stephen Twigg said:

“Labour has a proud record in this area, but we have to acknowledge there is scepticism among the public about aid. It is really important that those of us who believe in this are ensuring that there is value for money in the way that we spend development funds.

“The SDGs are ambitious and they are universal, they are not only about the poorest countries but they are about our own domestic challenges.

“It is right now that we are more ambitious, that we have a bigger emphasis on quality and we address secondary and tertiary education as well as primary education.”

David Archer said: “It is absolutely crucial to think how you rebuild education in conflict areas.

“Unless we start to build accountability in how we build education in post-conflict areas, you will see systems that are more fragile and vulnerable.

“We cannot also achieve sustainable progress on education if we don’t look at the tax regimes in many countries around the world.”

INCREASED SCHOOL INVESTMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REVISED FUNDING FORMULAE

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has responded to the Government’s consultation on its proposed National Funding Formulae (NFF) for schools, high needs and central school services by calling for increased investment in schools to ensure that funding in all schools increases substantially.

The NASUWT welcomes measures contained in the NFF proposals to provide transitional protection for schools, but believes that the change to the funding methodology must be accompanied by significant additional investment in schools.

The NASUWT’s submission to the Department for Education raises concerns that unjustified claims about future school funding levels has led to some schools asking parents to make unjustified and discriminatory financial contributions to school funds, whilst also planning to cut the jobs of teachers and support staff.

The NASUWT calls on the Secretary of State to act to end panic in the system and to ensure that all schools act appropriately in ensuring that the educational entitlements of all pupils are met fully.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT has continued to argue that funding provided to schools up to 2019/20 must increase by more than that set out in Government policy and to offset real terms funding losses over the period since 2010.

“Notwithstanding this, it is vital that schools have an accurate picture about the funding issues they face to avoid implementing unnecessary cuts in educational provision or staffing.

“It is regrettable that some schools and commentators have sought to conflate the proposed National Funding Formula, which seeks to reform the distribution of funding to schools, with issues relating to the quantum of funding for all schools.

“There will be compelling reasons to reform the funding system so that it ensures a fairer distribution of the overall funding that is available, taking account of factors such as deprivation. However, schools should also ensure that funding that is already available is used appropriately to support teachers to secure the best outcomes for all pupils.”

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