NUT urges Morgan to meet ahead of next month’s strike

Nicky MorganThe NUT has written to the Education Secretary outlining the reasons for Tuesday’s strike and asking for meaningful discussions to resolve the issues that are negatively affecting education.

Members voted last week 91.7% voted in favour of strike action over demands to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the NUT said: “No teacher finds taking strike action easy but the situation in our schools needs to be urgently addressed. School budgets are being cut to the bone. The effect on children’s education is clear. Class sizes are going up, subjects are being removed from the curriculum, especially in the Arts, while teaching posts are being cut or not replaced.

“Teachers’ terms and conditions are being deregulated and worsened through the academy programme. Head teachers are spending time on school negotiations which should be spent on education. This is unnecessary, time wasting and ineffective.  There is no evidence it leads to better results in schools and is fuelling the teacher retention and recruitment crisis.

“George Osborne is freezing the cash per pupil he gives to schools, whilst increasing what he takes from them. For every 20 teachers employed, a school has to find an extra teacher salary to give to the Treasury.

“The EU referendum has thrown the country into a period of uncertainty. With an election of a Conservative Party leader getting underway we must ensure that education is one of the issues that is debated and at the forefront of candidates’ campaigns.

“Now more than ever in these uncertain times we need a properly funded and staffed education system. I have written to Nicky Morgan asking her to take actions that would protect our children’s education. Our country’s pupils and teachers deserve a positive response.”

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