BUDGET ADDS INSULT TO INJURY FOR SCHOOLS

Commenting on the Budget, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“To suggest that all schools need is a nominal sum to fund the ‘little extras’ when schools have faced years of real terms cuts to their budgets and teachers are thousands of pounds worse off from years of real terms pay cuts is deeply insulting and disingenuous.

“A modest one-off capital payment to schools will not help schools continue to meet the increasingly complex needs of children and young people and ensure that pupils have the resources they need to learn.

“By failing to address the issue of teachers’ pay, many more teachers will be lost to the profession and the education of children and young people will continue to suffer.

“It is clear that this Government still has its head in the sand over the crisis it has created in education.

“‘Austerity is coming to an end’ the Chancellor claimed today. Tell that to the children, young people and the schools workforce for whom today’s Budget added insult to injury.”

NASUWT COMMENTS ON REFORMS TO THE OFSTED INSPECTION FRAMEWORK

Responding to reports that Ofsted is to refocus inspections on what children are being taught rather than exam grades, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers Union said:

“The NASUWT has for some time been concerned that the current Ofsted framework is too narrowly focused on performance data and does not fully recognise and allow schools to demonstrate the full breadth of their contribution to the lives of their pupils.

“Teachers will no doubt welcome the comments from the Chief Inspector that she wants to shift the focus of inspection and treat teachers as experts, rather than data managers.

“Data collection, often for the purposes of inspection, is one of the biggest contributors to excessive teacher workload and if implemented effectively, the NASUWT would expect these reforms to help address the problem of excessive bureaucracy which is diverting teachers from focusing on teaching and learning.

“However, the changes, if they are to genuinely support schools to continue to improve and succeed, will need to be carefully developed in close consultation with the school workforce and those that represent them.”