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.

English Voters Should Be Concerned About Education In The Upcoming Election

Kevin Courtney | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

On 8th June, it won't just be a programme for Brexit that will be decided. The Conservative Party will also seek endorsement for changes whose effect will be almost equally significant for social values and social opportunities. The danger is that in the great commotion of a Brexit election, these other proposals will go unexamined and under-debated.

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.

Why the Teacher Strike Isn't Just About Teachers

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

At a time when teachers, parents and children have had a tough year at the whims of the government, the issues over which NUT members have been forced to strike have more resonance with the public than ever before.

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.

4 Ridiculous Things Students Were Reported To Anti-Radicalisation Police For

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK

The Government's anti-radicalisation strategy has been rejected outright by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) over concerns it is silencing convers...

Why I'm Rallying With Teaching Unions Against Tory Education Reforms

Lucy Powell | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Today I'm joining parents and teachers across the country, alongside the ATL and NUT, to rally against unnecessary and unwanted changes to our schools system announced last week. The Tory Government's plans to force all schools to become academies is a top-down, costly reorganisation of our schools, which nobody wants and schools don't need. The anger from parents and teachers against these plans has been swift and palpable.

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.

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

Christine Blower | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

Any reasonable person would conclude that these proposals are an unjustifiable assault on trade unions and their members and will seriously undermine good industrial relations. They illustrate perfectly well what this Government really thinks of workers and make a mockery of David Cameron's claim to be on the side of working people.

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.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Strike Or Not To Strike?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 10 July 2014... 1) TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKE? Isn't it odd that the Tories say they support the ri...

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...

Teachers' Union Calls Michael Gove 'Demented Dalek On Speed'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK

Michael Gove was described as a "demented Dalek on speed" on Saturday for wanting to "exterminate" education by a teachers' union as it debated calls...

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.

120,000 People Witnessed a 1.9 Second Record in USGP

Todd McCandless | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Time is of the essence in a sport that is measured in the one thousandth of a second and to change all four wheels in under two seconds is a terrific feat by anyone's measure. Teams practice pitstops regularly and in Austin you could catch some of those practice sessions during the pit walk on Thursday.

Why Teachers Are Striking Today

Chris Keates | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly. No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils' education, but this action is not the failure or due to the unreasonableness of teachers. It is the failure and unreasonableness of the secretary of state...

Can David Cameron Ignore the NUT's Support of No More Page 3?

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Stephanie Davies-Arai

Given the support for the No More Page 3 campaign from the Girl Guides, the National Youth Council, the National Association of Head Teachers and now the NUT, perhaps it is time for the Prime Minister of this country to concede that the issue of Page 3 goes beyond 'consumer choice', and finally add his voice to the mounting pressure on David Dinsmore, Editor of the Sun, to scrap the feature.

We Want to Hear Your Views on the Future of Workplace Giving

David Blunkett | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
David Blunkett

Normally when a representative from a business receives a letter asking them to come and give evidence in Parliament, I imagine their blood pressure rises a little, and beads of sweat form as they recall the grilling given to prominent businessmen and women by parliamentarians such as the chairs of the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury Select Committee. This week will feature a session which is, I hope, a little different, and will be examining the work that is taking place in businesses across Britain in partnership with their employees to support charities through workplace giving.

Could GCSEs Be Replaced By The I-Level?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

GCSEs could be replaced by a system of new I levels - with numbered grades from 1 to 8 - under sweeping changes to school examinations, it was reporte...

'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.

Mother Judgement: How Women Are Undermining Modern Feminism

Jemma Wayne | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Wayne

There is a quieter, yet just as dangerous trend undermining feminist values, and this trend is being perpetrated most, by women. The arena: online forums, Facebook groups, press articles, NCT circles, even groups of friends. The reason: Mother Judgement - the war between those who do and those who don't.

Gove Showing 'Arrogance' On Teachers' Strike Threat, Say Unions

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

Michael Gove has agreed to meet two teaching unions planning to strike over pay and pensions, but warned the Government will not row back on its plans...