Commenting on the report published today by the NFER into how better part time and flexible working opportunities could support teacher retention, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

"Improving flexible working opportunities in teaching is certainly important in supporting teachers at all stages of their careers to remain the profession. NASUWT research and casework shows that too many teachers are being denied their rights to flexible working. Spurious arguments, feeble excuses and blatant discrimination are being used to turn down requests.

“Even when teachers are granted flexibility, there are countless cases where unfairness and exploitation flourishes, with many teachers still expected to undertake work related activities on days they are not supposed to be working, invariably without payment.

"However, addressing this discrimination is only one part of the solution to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. Effective action to support flexible working must also go hand in hand with measures to drive down the excessive workload which is affecting all teachers and which is at the heart of why rising numbers are leaving the profession."

Winners of the 2017 Arts & Minds Competition Announced

The winners of NASUWT’s 14th annual Arts and Minds Competition, featuring artwork and creative writing promoting issues of race equality and diversity, have been announced.

Chosen by celebrity judge, TV star Gok Wan, the winners were selected from hundreds of entries submitted by primary, secondary and special schools from across the UK.

The overall winners of the prestigious awards, which are open to all pupils across the UK aged 4-18, each received prize vouchers and £1,000 for their school at an wards ceremony in London today.

The overall winners :

Primary School: Matthew Hill (Year 3), Mepal & Witcham Primary School, Cambridgeshire, for his poem “A Dream”

Secondary School: Class S3 (Year 10) Inverclyde Academy, for their piece of art “Diversity Rug”

Special School: Brendan Woods (Year 11), The Pheonix Trust Academy, Lincolnshire, for his poem “A Rap Init”

Anne Frank Poetry Award: Anai Ganatra, (Year 8) Henrietta Barnett School

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Congratulations to all this years’ winners, and shortlisted finalists, the quality of work they all produced was outstanding, and they should all be proud at not just the artistic talent they have displayed, but also how their pieces really inspire and make the audience stop and think about this very important issue.”

“Every entry was highly creative and clever in its interpretation of the messaging behind the competition, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners.

“The quality of entries is of great credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff.

“The NASUWT is proud to organise the Arts & Minds competition which is an effective and enjoyable way of promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.

Complete List of 2017 Arts & Minds Winners:

Primary School:

Winner: Matthew Hill, Mepal and Witcham Primary School

Finalists: Kayla Bannister, St William of Perth School, Rochester

                Year 5, Corrie Primary and Nursery School, Manchester

Secondary School:

Winner:  Class S3, Inverclyde Academy

Finalists: Nikita Bavisha, Henrietta Barnett School, London

                 Joanna Fang,Henrietta Barnett School, London

                 Mattea Tettey-Enyon, King Edward VI High School for Girls

                 Ercall Wood Technology College, Telford

                 Fivemiletown College/St Ciaran’s College, Northern Ireland

Special School:

Winner: Brendan Woods, The Pheonix Academy Trust, Grantham

Finalists:  Progress Unit, Conisborough College

                  Curtis Roberts, St Christopher’s High School, Wrexam

Anne Frank Poetry Award:

Winner: Anai Ganatra, Henrietta Barnett School, London