Ofsted chief tells teachers to work extra hours, as NASUWT takes on Gove

Sir Michael said he expected teachers to ‘go the extra mile’ for pupils, and that inspectors have been told to give a lower rating to schools that increase pay without a good reason, The Independent reports.

Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT, said that members were ‘incredulous’ at the head of Ofsted’s remarks. He wants a meeting to discuss the fact that Ofsted is ‘straying outside its brief’ by talking about teachers’ pay.

But Sir Michael defended his comments, saying: “In last year’s [annual] report, we said that 40% of lessons overall were not good enough. And yet everyone is getting a pay rise. Hey! Something is wrong.”

NASUWT members have been engaged in continuous action that is ‘pupil, parent and public friendly’ to defend their pensions, pay, working conditions and jobs and tackle excessive workload since the end of last year. The escalation will result in a range of measures, including only one written report a year to parents and a refusal to invigilate mock exams.

The union’s general secretary Chris Keates says Mr. Gove is to blame: “In just over two-and-a-half years the actions of the Secretary of State have resulted in over half of teachers considering leaving the profession altogether, specialist teachers losing their jobs, applications for entry into the profession plummeting and teacher morale at an all-time low.

“The Secretary of State continues to fail genuinely to engage with the NASUWT and continues with his reckless disregard of the deep concerns of the teaching profession. This is a betrayal of not only the workforce but of every child and young person.”

The NUT will start similar industrial action next month.

Do you ‘go the extra mile’ for your pupils? Will you be taking industrial action?

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