Christine Blower
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Christine Blower was elected as Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers in January 2005. On 5 April 2008 she became Acting General Secretary and on the 5 May 2009 became the General Secretary of the NUT.

Christine was President of the NUT in 1997. She joined the Union as a student and has been a career-long NUT member. She has held the post of President and Secretary of the NUT in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Christine was born and educated in Kingston-upon-Thames and started teaching in 1973 at Holland Park School, then part of the Inner London Education Authority. She became Head of Modern Languages at St Edmunds Secondary School in Fulham in 1980, and moved to Quintin Kynaston School in Westminster in 1983.

Christine changed the direction of her career in 1990 and began working with children at risk of care or custody. She worked as a member of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Primary Behaviour Support team working with children with challenging and unsettled behaviour.

In total, Christine taught for 33 years up to her election as Deputy General Secretary.

Entries by Christine Blower

The Government's Education Policy in Tatters - Time to End This Ideological Nonsense

(26) Comments | Posted 7 May 2016 | (00:00)

This is a huge Government climb-down. The humiliating volte-face by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is a result of the magnificent show of defiance by teachers, heads, governors, parents and politicians of all parties - including Conservatives - who made clear that the enforced privatisation of England's state schools would not...

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The Government's Trade Union Bill Makes a Mockery of David Cameron's Claim to Support Working People

(2) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (11:37)

Trade unions ensure that we are all treated with fairness at work and that workplaces are safe places. We are a central part of any democratic and civilised society. The Government through this anti Trade Union Bill is attempting to silence people's right to a voice within the workplace.

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Government Has Created a System Designed to Maximise Pressures on Schools

(12) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (00:00)

On Wednesday, as part of the Queen's Speech, the Conservative Government has confirmed its intention to grant powers to Regional School Commissioners to force academy status upon 'coasting' and 'failing' schools. Quite how David Cameron and his colleagues define 'coasting' is yet to be divulged, but they should more urgently...

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Teachers Cannot Be Expected to Perform to Their Best Under Continual Attack and Criticism

(23) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (12:21)

The School Teachers Review Body (STRB) which advises the Education Secretary on pay and working conditions of teachers has today delivered Michael Gove a huge blow by rebuffing his recommendations for further attacks on teachers' conditions and pay.

If Michael Gove has his way teachers would have statutory protection...

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One Simple Step Could Solve Our School Places Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (00:00)

As recent media activity has highlighted there is a looming crisis in the provision of school places. How has this arisen? It's simple. Central government has removed the right for local authorities to plan and build new schools, whilst leaving them with the responsibility to ensure sufficient places...

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Forward thinking - Education for all our Futures

(1) Comments | Posted 18 August 2011 | (00:00)

The National Union of Teachers believes in an education system that provides the best for all our children and for all our communities - a good local school for every child. Joined up thinking and democratic accountability are crucial but, as we approach the new school year, this vision is...

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