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Nicky Morgan has been forced to recognise teacher workload as a critical issue.
In response to the NUT's campaigning, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg announced a “Workload Challenge” consultation in England. More than 40,000 teachers responded.
Our suggested action plan is below.
What you can do
- Email your MP to ask them to tell Nicky Morgan about our eight steps
- Tweet #TellNicky - We are losing far too many good teachers.
Nicky Morgan says she wants to make a difference to teacher workload and has asked for suggestions. This is what the NUT thinks she should do to really make a difference:
- Reform accountability so it is based on trust
- Introduce fundamental change on requirements relating to marking, planning, data, meetings and observations
- Allow time for curriculum and SEN reform
- Reform the teacher pay system
- Require schools to adopt a binding work-life balance policy
- Set targets to reduce workload and introduce limits
- Increase teacher numbers to improve education
The full action plan can be read here.
Thousands of NUT members joined around 90,000 trade unionists at the TUC’s marched against austerity on 18 October demanding, “Britain Needs a Pay Rise”. The march, from Victoria Embankment, culminated in a rally at Hyde Park where speakers included NUT General Secretary Christine Blower. Christine told the large crowd that teachers were seeing growing numbers of children attending school hungry which affected their ability to learn. Food banks were no substitute for an adequate family income and children were entitled to know that their parents could afford to feed, clothe and keep them warm.”
Christine urged trade unionists to support the NUT’s Stand Up for Education manifesto, thousands of copies of which were distributed to the public and at the rally. The NUT’s new inflatable, ‘Hands up for Education’, was a showstopper, drawing widespread attention and admiration.
Nicky Morgan’s pledge to prioritise reducing teacher workload is a welcome move. She recognised today that an exhausted, dispirited teacher is not what children or parents want or deserve. Over the next few weeks the NUT will see what action Nicky Morgan is prepared to take to bring about very significant change.
For the full NUT response go here.
Astonishing figures from NUT workload survey show scale of teacher workload crisis
The National Union of Teachers conducted a survey between 24 and 28 September and 16,379 teachers responded. See the workload survey report.
|90% of teachers said they had considered giving up teaching during the last two years because of the workload.||87% said they knew one or more colleagues who HAD given up during the last two years because of the workload.||96% said their workload had negative consequences for their family or personal life.|
We also surveyed members who had left the profession during this year (other than for retirement): 86% said workload was the principal or a significant factor in them leaving the profession. Teacher supply expert John Howson says it is unlikely that any of the key subjects measured by UCAS will meet their teacher training number targets for this year.
The general election in 2015 will be a watershed moment for education in England and Wales. Parents and teachers have a golden opportunity to use the time before the general election to pressure politicians. The NUT manifesto makes recommendations for priorities and policies to benefit all children.
Fighting for education outlines the Stand Up for Education campaign. It covers the attacks we have faced, the victories we have won and the issues we still need to fight for.
A briefing for reps on the manifesto and consultation documents can be accessed here.
Please also join the debate in your workplace and respond to our consultation ballot.
Please get involved and volunteer here . Please send in reports of your lobbying activities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standing Up for Education
Consulting on our campaign
Since 2010 we have faced the most concerted onslaught on education and on teachers in generations.
The Stand Up for Education campaign is the NUT’s strategic response to that onslaught.
Fighting for education outlines this campaign - the attacks we have faced, the victories we have won and the issues we still need to fight for. We would like you to discuss this document, alongside our election manifesto with members and to think about the possibility of using them to engage with parents and the wider community.
Please get involved – volunteer to engage with parents and pressure politicians – your involvement will make a real difference and the stakes have never been higher.
Please also join the debate in your workplace and respond to our consultation ballot, which members in workplaces where we might call action (ie most state schools, academies and 6th form colleges) will receive at home on 26 September 2014.
Keep up the pressure
A key strand of our Stand up for Education campaign is communicating to politicians the concerns that teachers have. Over 150 MPs were lobbied in Westminster at the NUT lobby of Parliament on 10 June. We know that many more MPs are being lobbied in their constituencies.
Volunteer to lobby your MP and engage with parents here.
For more details on the dispute see our Edufacts on workload, pay and pensions .
On 10 July thousands and thousands and thousands of teachers stood up for education and public services. Click here to see a photo gallery.
Our strike in March this year forced the publication of the workload statistics which had been collected more than a year earlier. It also forced the Government to produce guidance for head teachers about the evidence demands they place on teachers and on equalities issues in pay determination. We have written to NUT representatives about how to make the best use of this guidance.
Engaging with Parents
We want to enlist the support of as many parents as possible in the campaign for education. Check here for more information, including a parents' leaflet explaining reasons to strike and our vision for education.
See photos and reports of successful stalls that have engaged parents and public.
Teachers’ YouGov survey
This YouGov survey of a representative sample of teachers is a damning indictment of this Government’s record on Education.
Joint NUT/NASUWT Model Pay Policy
The NUT / NASUWT have agreed on a joint pay policy checklist and model pay policy. These are fully consistent and compliant with the provisions of the 2013 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.
Action short of strike action
Click here for the latest advice and details on action short of strike action.
Click below to see our campaign pages for each of the key issues, including more detailed briefings and campaign tools