NUT takes campaign to Parliament

Teachers lobbied MPs this week as part of their campaign against pay, pensions and working conditions, with just a 1% pay rise likely for next year.

Hundreds of teachers attended Tuesday’s lobby organised by the NUT as part of its Stand Up for Education campaign, the BBC reports.

More than 100 MPs including Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt were lobbied by teachers, angry over a recommendation from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) that teachers should receive a 1% increase in pay for the coming year. Michael Gove said he intends to accept the recommendations in full, even though the STRB warned that the profession might have trouble attracting new recruits because of continuing pay restraints, which could become a pressing concern if wages fail to keep pace with other sectors that are recruiting graduates. “This challenging context points to a need for a fuller review of the teachers’ pay framework as soon as government priorities permit to ensure the profession remains attractive,” the STRB said.

NUT and NASUWT leaders said that the rise would not make up for continuing cuts to the real value of teachers’ take-home pay. NUT’s Christine Blower condemned the 1% increase as ‘totally inadequate’. “Teacher morale is at an all-time low, with many working in excess of 60 hours a week for uncertain pay and worsening pensions,” she said.

Christine Keates, NASUWT’s general secretary, warned: “The assault on pay, combined with the attacks on teachers’ pensions, excessive workload, punitive accountability and job loss are a toxic mix, making teaching increasingly unattractive,” she said. “Resignations from the profession are up and applications for teacher training are down.”

Did you take part in the lobby? Do you think the Stand Up for Education Campaign will help in negotiations with the government, in the light of the STRB’s warning about teacher recruitment?

4 thoughts on “NUT takes campaign to Parliament

  1. I returned to secondary teaching in January following
    a seven year hiatus in the Independant sector. I have
    been utterly horrified and despondent over the workload
    of teachers. Not one teacher I spoke to was happy and it
    is only their obligation to the students which keeps them
    in the profession. For how long though…..change needed!

  2. It is very sad that the education system in this country is likely to collapse because of the interference by successive governments – Ofsted inspections, which have failed to improve any element of the system, funding cuts leaving inexperienced SLT’s exposed and struggling to avoid bankruptcy, schools and colleges forced to shed staff and yet deliver the same workloads, staff stress related illness escalating, staff turnover at an all time high as experienced staff opt for early retirement and NQT’s realising there are more rewarding careers …..

  3. The logic behind what can be seen to be a planned campaign to demotivate and demoralise teachers is unfathomable. Teaching is one of the few jobs where the politicians and public seem to think themselves experts, presumably on the basis they have all experienced some type of education. Applying that logic, I have had an operation and been in hospital – so am I in a fit position to tell surgeons how to operate on patients?

  4. Much of what your education system is going through is the same here in my home country and province, British Columbia Canada. The provincial government here is working very hard to oust the union and make education a private system. They are pushing the public and business sector to pit against the teachers, yet are we not the profession which trains up their children to be productive members of society? This call to bash the teaching profession baffles me. Our society needs us yet it seems to be ok to demoralize us. Why? Why is this ok and acceptable?

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