EDUCATION SECRETARY’S SPEECH ON WORKLOAD - A VINDICATION OF NASUWT’S CAMPAIGN

Commenting on the speech today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said:

“The Secretary of State’s speech today provides yet further vindication of the ongoing, 8-year campaign by NASUWT members on workload.

“Regrettably, although acknowledging the problem, the Secretary of State has failed to come forward with any specific measures to reduce workload and working hours of teachers.

“The causes of the workload challenge in schools have been documented extensively.

“Teachers need action on workload, not more talk and hand wringing.

“In the absence of regulatory measures to safeguard teachers from unacceptable and damaging workload pressures, the NASUWT will continue to defend its members against unreasonable workload and unacceptable management practices.

“The NASUWT looks forward to constructive dialogue with the Secretary of State on tackling workload and resolving the Union’s continuing trade dispute.”

NASUWT COMMENTS ON TEACHER TRAINING BURSARY FOR VETERANS

Commenting on the announcement by the DfE of a new bursary to encourage ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the

NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“Former members of the armed services can have a very valuable contribution to make to education system, as can people from a wide range of occupational backgrounds.

“However, the evidence that incentive schemes of this type, regardless of the group at which they are targeted, are effective are mixed at best and it is therefore disappointing that the Government continues to place so much emphasis on them. Any difference they do make is at the margins at best.

“The Government must accept that the only way in which the teacher supply crisis will be addressed on a sustainable basis is through action to tackle its fundamental causes, particularly those related to teachers’ excessive workloads as well as the increasingly uncompetitive nature of their pay and other key terms and conditions of employment.”