100 DAYS TO THE VOTE FOR EDUCATION

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has marked 100 days to the General Election with the distribution of materials aimed at teachers, parents and the public emphasising the entitlements that our public education service should deliver for all children and young people.

The NASUWT’s ‘The Promise’ booklet sets out what is required by government to ensure that all children and young people have access to high quality education provision.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The General Election will be a key defining moment for education and all our great public services and for the country.

“In the 100 days to the General Election, the NASUWT will be reminding teachers, parents and the public of the impact of the Coalition Government’s policies on children and young people and on ordinary working people and their families.

“3.7million children in the UK are living in poverty. Thousands are homeless. Important rights and entitlements have been removed such as the entitlement to be taught by a qualified teacher, the entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and the entitlement to access educational experiences which promote opportunity and achievement and are not based on their parents’ ability to pay.

“Teachers and others who are delivering vital public services have seen their pay cut, pensions plundered, jobs lost and professional status and competence denigrated. A few warm words from government ministers with an eye on the General Election will not compensate for the years of relentless assault on the profession.

“All who believe in social justice, in equality and in democracy and are concerned about the future of our children and young people will recognise the need for a change of political direction after the 2015 General Election.”

The NASUWT will be publishing all of its Vote for Education materials during the election campaign on its website at www.nasuwt.org.uk/VoteForEducation

The Promise Booklet and other material can be found on the website.

Copies can be obtained by emailing

STRIKE ACTION SET TO CONTINUE AT DERBY SCHOOL

Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will continue with three planned days of strike action this week at Merrill Academy in Derby.

NASUWT members will take strike action today, Wednesday and Thursday.

The action has been called as a result of unacceptable working practices which are placing unnecessary burdens on teachers, undermining their professionalism and which are not supporting teaching and learning.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Members deeply regret having to continue to take strike action.

“Every effort has been made to avoid this and to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but teachers have been faced with a dogged refusal to address their concerns.

“The NASUWT has put forward a more than reasonable set of proposals to the governors and the school management which, if accepted, would remove the need for strike action.

“However, these proposals have been rejected and we have been faced with a refusal to engage with us seriously to address teachers’ concerns.

“We deeply regret any disruption to parents and pupils, but teachers have been left with no choice. We stand ready to call off the strike action if progress can be made”

Keith Muncey, NASUWT National Executive Member for Derby, said:

“Members at Merrill Academy are deeply disappointed at the resistance of management to addressing their concerns.

“They are dedicated teachers who want to carry on with their job, but they need to have their concerns taken seriously and addressed.

“All that is needed to avoid further action is a commitment to genuine discussions to seek to reach agreement.”