Was Parliament misled over NASUWT’s and NUT’s current national industrial action?






Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT  has today written to the Secretary of State challenging the accuracy of an answer given by Lord Nash to a parliamentary question on the NASUWT’s and NUT’s current national industrial action.


Chris Keates said:


“Lord Nash’s statement in the House of Lords misrepresents the position of the NASUWT. The Union has been calling for the last 16 months for the Secretary of State to engage in genuine discussions to resolve this dispute.


“Lord Nash’s description of the Government’s role in the dispute bears no resemblance to reality.


“The NASUWT remains ready to engage in meaningful discussion with the Secretary of State for the benefit of teachers and the education service.”


In her letter to Michael Gove Chris Keates says: “Lord Nash asserts that the Government has asked the NASUWT what steps it would like the Government to take to bring the current dispute to an end. He further asserts that the answers have been ‘unclear and conflicting’. I would be grateful if you would cite the dates and occasions on which you or any of your Ministers have asked the NASUWT what steps the Government would need to take to resolve the dispute.”


The trade dispute is over workload, pensions, pay, including pay progression, conditions of service and job loss.

Dr Mary Bousted: Funding should not be diverted into academy and free schools at the expense of other schools

Dr Mary Bousted

THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has responded to reports that anticipate the Chancellor will switch Government spending to build 100 new free schools.


“We hope that the reports in today’s papers about the Chancellor’s spending plans are only partially true.


“We would be delighted if education is seen as a spending priority, but we would be extremely disappointed if most of any extra funding for education is diverted into highly expensive and unproven academy and free schools, while the other 90 per cent of state-funded schools received nothing. Read More…

Dr Mary Bousted: Inequality is at the heart of NEET problem

Dr Mary Bousted

MORE than a million 16 to 24-year-olds – around one in six – are considered Neet (not in education, employment or training), according to statistics published by the Department for Education.


Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “With the government’s current education policies it is unsurprising that there are 32,000 more 18-24 year olds in England who are not in education, employment or training than two years ago. Read More…

Working Lives Research Institute: ten years young and still going strong

Credit: WLRI

TEN years ago, Professors Steve Jefferys and Mary Davis teamed up with TUC Librarian, Christine Coates, to establish the new, labour-friendly Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) at the University of North London, soon to be London Met. This week we are celebrating a decade of success – from humble origins to an expanding influence – and staying true throughout to our original mission of socially committed research. Read More…

Education: If it’s not broke don’t fix it! It’s not broke!

Everyone understands the government’s attempts to privatise the NHS could endanger lives as private companies seek to maximise profit at the expense of human life. Although life may not be at risk as the governments legislation in education hits home, as schools become less accountable, employ unqualified teachers and vocational subjects are marginalised. The life chances of working children are being destroyed for generations to come. Education is not broken, that’s just the Liberal Democrat election pledges. The Tories are blatant in their disregard for our children’s life chances.


This ideological attack on society, on privatising our schools is far worse than the attacks on NHS. The Coalition’s attacks on education are regressive and socially divisive. Did you know that Michael Gove our Secretary of State attended the two most recent international summits on education for the international leaders on behalf of the UK? Never made the press did it, that would expose the lie, our education system is not broken.

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History of Our Movement – Under Threat

Pleb History: Noah Ablett won a scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford in 1907 and while there was part of the college strike and subsequent movement that saw the creation of the Marxist educational group, the Plebs’ League

The union Prospect is calling for members to sign a petition protesting against the destruction of archives at Ruskin College, an important educational facility for working class people in the UK.


The archives of Ruskin College have been partly destroyed despite protests and an offer from the Bishopsgate Institute to take everything. What remains may still be at risk.


Academics fear that this includes irreplaceable material about, for example, Noah Ablett, George Harvey, George Sims and many other crucial activists.


“Papers have not gone to a landfill site but have been specifically destroyed. Even the removal firm seemed puzzled and sought clarification from the principal who allegedly confirmed that indeed such material must be destroyed”, writes Hilda Kean in an article on the History Workshop website.

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Government Isn’t Making the Grade

Stacey Gray is President of NASUWT Cornwall

Ahead of the Secretary of State for Education’s Speech to Conservative Party Conference at 1200, Stacey Gray writes for UnionHome.


Teachers are dedicated, students are hard working and their parents offer quiet but endless support: the result is constantly improving examination grades. However, this year was different. This year saw numerous exams and exam boards changing grade boundaries, and for the first time, a slump in the exam grades that GCSE students have achieved.


You may have seen the media coverage that centred on the English GCSE examinations but it was not the only subject affected. History, geography, French and Spanish to name just a few.  The subject choices are moulded on Gove’s understanding of a ‘good education’ – one that was created during his own public schooling – how very comprehensive.

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