Standing up for education
A teacher from the North West describing her workload issues, which every teacher will recognise.
That's not my teacher
This video beautifully captures the pressures that you and your colleagues face – it has already been a hit on the Union’s Facebook page and we thought it deserved a wider audience.
Teachers, parents and pupils stood up for education across England and Wales. Thank you. Be proud of your stand, now press on with the campaign.
Click here for teachers' own views on why they were taking strike action.
For a video explaining our strike action go here.
We need your support to continue the campaign. Your pressure is starting to tell. Please email your MP to explain why the Government needs to deal with the concerns of teachers as a matter of urgency.
We want to enlist the support of as many parents as possible in the campaign for education. Check here for more information.
See photos and reports of successful stalls that have engaged parents and public.
We have prepared a leaflet that highlights the issues we are campaigning on but need lots of help to distribute it. We have also produced a petition. Please volunteer your help by contacting your school rep or contacting your local association/division. Parents can register their support for the campaign here.
To order bulk copies of the leaflet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your membership number, delivery address and when you need leaflets by.
We have produced a new leaflet for parents explaining our reasons for striking and outlining our vision for education. You can download PDFs in English or Welsh.
A key strand of our campaign to keep up the pressure on the Secretary of State is to communicate to politicians the concerns that teachers have.
Our pressure on politicians is having an effect. Following NUT lobbying in Watford, Richard Harrington MP - vice chair of the Conservative party - has written to Michael Gove saying that teachers have a valid point that Michael Gove’s policy lets schools hire unqualified teachers 'on the cheap’. Click here for more info. Don't forget to email your MP
Please send in reports of your lobbying activities to email@example.com
The STRB said NO to Michael Gove
But this does not change:
• The intolerable levels of teachers’ workload or their unacceptably long working hours
• Implementation of performance related pay
• Increases to pension contributions or that teachers are being told that they have to work to 68 or even later for a full pension
Thousands are still leaving the profession due to intolerable working lives. A staggering 2 out of 5 stop teaching in their first 5 years and teacher morale is plummeting.
This document summarises the recommendations on teacher pay and conditions set out in the latest School Teachers’ Review Body report, including its rejection of key proposals from Michael Gove, and explains the implications for teachers.
Click here to see the STRB report and Michael Gove’s response in full.
Teacher Workload Survey – huge increases shown
It is now clear why the DFE didn’t want to publish this survey and its publication is a tribute to the many members who contacted their MPs.
The average primary teacher is now working nearly 60 hours per week. Secondary heads 63 hours and the average secondary teacher is working nearly 56 hours a week. This is simply unsustainable.
You can read our press release here.
For more information click here.
Stand up for education
Teachers’ YouGov survey
The latest YouGov survey of a representative sample of teachers is a damning indictment of Michael Gove’s time as Secretary of State for Education.
Action short of strike action
Click here for the latest advice and details on action short of strike action.
School Pay Policy Checklist
Click here for the NUT / NASUWT school pay policy checklist, model pay policy and associated guidance documents.
- 10 Reasons why Michael Gove is bad for our children’s education
- Answers to all your questions about the action
Click below to see our campaign pages for each of the key issues, including more detailed briefings and campaign tools