National Union of Teachers

We're In The Middle Of A Teaching Crisis - Not Raising Pay Is Missing An Opportunity

Kevin Courtney | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Theresa May needs to understand that the cap on public sector pay is unacceptable and unsustainable. The fact that teachers pay has either gone up by a pitiful £2.30 in secondary schools or actually decreased by £12.70 in primary schools in cash terms over the past 6 years is shocking. Measured against inflation these figures are even worse.

Tory School Cuts Force Parents To Crowdfund For Whiteboards

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics

Tory education cuts are forcing parents to turn to crowdfunding websites to help pay for school basics from whiteboards and computers to playgrounds a...

Why Children At Nurseries Should Learn About Same-Sex Relationships

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents

Children as young as two should learn about same-sex relationships and transgender lifestyles at nursery, teachers have said. The National Union of Te...

Schools 'Will Lose Children's Mental Health Support'

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics

Schools are cutting back on counsellors as a result of steep Government cuts, headteachers told MPs on Monday. Slashed budgets will hit the most emoti...

System 'Fails' 200,000 Children As One In 10 Secondary Schools Under-Perform

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Almost one in 10 secondary schools are under-performing, new analysis has revealed. Statistics show that almost 300 secondaries in England - teaching...

Every Constituency In England Will Lose Money Under Schools Funding Plan, Unions Reveal

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics

Every MP in England will see their local schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans, unions have revealed. Even the Prime Minister’s...

Teachers Cannot Stand Back and Do Nothing - We Are Striking to Protect Education

Anne Swift | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Anne Swift

The education of the next generation is so important that we cannot stand back and do nothing about it. We are standing up for education and calling on our government to fund it appropriately.

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

Christine Blower | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

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 be countenanced... Nicky Morgan needs to stop and talk to the profession to work out a clear way forward. It is time to end this ideological nonsense from this discredited Government.

Forcing Schools to Become Academies Is a Distraction From Real Problems and a Huge Danger to Our Education System

Kevin Courtney | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Schools and parents are facing a chronic teacher shortage, a lack of school places, chaos around curriculum changes and primary tests and a funding crisis. But instead of dealing with these very real issues the Government is pursuing a top down re-organisation of education that has no basis in evidence to support it.

The Chancellor Is Not Tackling the Most Pressing Problems in Education

Kevin Courtney | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

The Chancellor's proposals will not address the many pressing problems in education such as the teacher shortage crisis, the lack of school places and the desperate lack of funding. Nor will they address teachers' concerns about a muddled and inappropriate curriculum. They are entirely the wrong priorities.

Government Has Created a System Designed to Maximise Pressures on Schools

Christine Blower | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

It is not just teachers who are bearing the brunt of a system led by league tables and Ofsted results. The same pressures are felt by pupils. We now have a generation of young people who are anxious, stressed and disaffected... We are testing children within an inch of their lives and the vibrancy and love of learning that should be at the centre of the curriculum is all but lost.

Those on Strike Today Are People Who Keep Our Country Going - They Deserve More From Their Employers

Mark Serwotka | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

Imagine, if you need to, being on below average wages and finding out that because some wealthy bankers crashed the economy you wouldn't be getting a pay rise any time soon. As I say, only imagine this if you need to. There is a very good chance you know exactly how it feels. If you work in the public sector, it has happened to you...

Teachers Voted For Further Strikes In June

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Schools are to face widespread disruption after teachers voted to stage further strikes, starting with a national walkout in the summer, in a bitter r...

Ponderings on the NUT Strikes

Xavier Bosch | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Xavier Bosch

Who is in the right here? Hard to say. As a nation we should support the plight of teachers who supply arguably one of the most important services in the county, the people we charge with enriching the intellect of our young people. But national strikes are becoming annual events. This will be the third strike since 2011.

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

Christine Blower | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

Teachers work some of the longest hours of any profession with many working 50-60 hours a week. Our work is essential, our pay is not high, our pensions not gold-plated and we cannot be expected to work more hours than we already do. There comes a point when it is impossible to ignore what is happening.

Only 6% Of Teachers Support Michael Gove

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Only 6% of teachers think the coalition's academies and free schools programme is taking education in England in the right direction, a poll published...

Students Prepare to Support Education Strikes and Fight Austerity

Matt Stanley | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

We've got plenty to fight against. In recent months the Tories have been very keen to talk up the so-called 'economic recovery'. George Osbourne claims that the minimal growth showing in recent figures vindicates his austerity policies. In reality, not only has the British economy barely moved from stationary to first gear.

Ban Teachers From Going on Strike

Katie Hopkins | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

Over the next few weeks, many teachers are going on strike. The NASUWT says: "parents understand we have to stand up for our pay and conditions." The NUT adds "Parents are very supportive of our position". Well here's the tough love on that one. We don't understand and we don't support you.

Why the Days of Page 3 Are Numbered

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

The Sun cannot possibly continue for much longer against this groundswell of opinion. But given its stringent, seemingly intractable, position of defending Page 3, it seems that it has boxed itself in. There are rumours that News International has created a task force to look at how Page 3 could be revamped and modernised. Yet how to do this without losing face?

'Leftist Fat Cat' or Teachers' Saviour? Interview With NUT General Secretary Christine Blower

Hannah Gal | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Following my interview with Michael Gove's department, I present the very same questions to Christine Blower, the National Union of Teachers' general secretary.

Felicity A Morse

Gove's Historical Research Based On Premier Inn Polls And Regurgitated Press Releases | Felicity A Morse | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has come under fire after basing claims that children had “disturbing historical ignorance” on a handful of PR surveys, including pol...

Affluence Without Education: Newbury's Hidden Tragedy

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

I am the first person to stand up and bang the drum for Newbury - we're a great market town with a great sense of community. We're above average in almost every respect - most notably in employment and affluence, yet still we seem to be letting our young people down by failing to provide them with the education they so badly deserve.

'Raunch Culture' Behind Beauty Pageants And Pole Dancing Classes

PA | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

Women's liberation has been turned back 40 years by a new "raunch culture" that has led to "beauty pageants" being staged by student unions and pole-d...

NUT Says No To Shortening Summer Holidays

PA | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers have warned they will resist any attempt to shorten the six-week school summer holiday. A move to cut the traditional summer break would h...

Testing Kids At Aged Five Risks Branding Them 'Failures', Says NUT

PA | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children will be branded failures at the age of five by the Government's new reading test, teachers have warned. The National Union of Teachers (NU...