Teachers Bitterly Disappointed.
The General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary spoke at the latest Executive meeting about the bitter disappointment that members will feel in the wake of the government’s response to its workload challenge. The government’s proposals went no where near far enough in addressing teachers’ concerns, and apart from some of the points in appendix C, which were based around concrete proposals from teachers, there seemed very little of use in the report.
Joint letter from NUT NAHT ATL ASCL VOICE critical of governement’s response on workload.
A letter has been written to Nicky Morgan from the above unions, including our own, expressing serious concerns over the results of the workload challenge. It states, among other points, that ‘ the government’s response contains little new with regard to inspection and we therefore do not believe that your proposals will get close to the root cause of the workload problem.’ A copy of the letter is attached to this report.
Strike Action Discussion.
A vigorous debate was held at the last Executive about the merits of strike action, given the poor response from government to the workload challenge. A vote was taken and those in favour of not calling for strike action at this stage, won the day. I abstained on this vote, because , although I could see the arguments in favour of not calling action at this time, I have seen too many cases of the stress and anguish caused by the exhausting workload of colleagues to be able to feel that I could support fully the call not to strike this term.
Email Your Prospective Parliamentary Candidiates.
It’s so easy to email your prospective Parliamentary Candidates with the help of the NUT website: www.nut.org.uk
Go to the home page, look for ‘workload challenge’ and click on ‘email your prospective Parliamentary Candidates.’ Forms come up easily and quickly. Now is the time, just before an election, to make our voice heard.
Millions Wasted On Unopened Free Schools
More than £1 million has been spent on 21 cancelled free school projects according to DFE figures. The most recent failure was £ 82,440 spent on plans to build the Advance Free School on playing fields in Thorton Heath, South London.
Separate figures show that one quarter of free schools that opened in 2014 are situated in office blocks.
More Than 20 academies switched sponsors in 2013-14 23 academies, including four free schools, changed sponsors or were moved from one academy chain to another from September 2013 to 31 October 2014, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The DfE refused to disclose the cost of these changes, saying that this would constitute ‘commercially sensitive information.’
Papers were issued at the Executive, which further reported on the ongoing work of the NUT in relation to supply teachers. Among other activities is a self-organising NUT supply teacher email network similar to that for sixth form college representatives.
The NUT webpage for supply teachers www.teachers.org.uk/supply continues to be revised and extended in consultation with the contact group. General advice on pay and conditions has been updated to give clarity about entitlements to appraisal and pay progression.
The union is exploring the possibility of a web-based facility to allow supply teachers to share information about agencies.
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