Stand Up for Education
The Stand Up for Education campaign is the NUT’s strategic response to the most concerted onslaught on education and teachers in generations - the attacks we have faced, the victories we have won and the issues we still need to fight for.
Education funding - join the lobby 18 November
The Conservatives' planned funding cuts will hit every school and college in England hard. Join the NUT national lobby of Parliament about education funding on Wednesday 18 November. Help persuade MPs that freezing school funding is wrong, when pupil numbers are rising and teacher recruitment and retention is falling. To attend the lobby, please fill in this form. For more details of the education funding crisis in England, go here.
Funding in Wales
In addition to the current cuts, the underfunding of Welsh schools has been a major issue for a number of years. For more details go here.
Education and Adoption Bill
Published in June, this Bill seeks to convert ‘failing’ or ‘coasting’ schools to academy status and silence school staff, governing bodies and local authorities who may oppose such a move. Please email your MP today and ask them to oppose the Bill. Your message will have more of an impact if you are able to personalise the message. For more about the NUT’s campaign go here.
Trade Union Bill
The Government's Trade Union Bill is an unprecedented attack on trade unions and the rights of working people. The Bill threatens civil liberties and would tie unions up in regulation. It is being considered in Parliament now and must be opposed. The NUT is backing a TUC rally and lobby of Parliament on Monday, 2 November. For details of this and how the Union is campaigning against the bill go here.
The NUT was mentioned in much reporting following the Bill’s publication. Our press statement is here.
NUT Lobby of Supply Agencies - Wednesday 28 October 2015
The NUT is organising a lobby of supply agencies in the October 2015 half term. The lobby will highlight the unacceptable pay and pensions position facing supply teachers as well as the role that agencies play in driving down pay, while taking huge sums in commission and paying their senior employees huge salaries. This lobby is for all teachers, not just supply teachers. For details, and to register, go here.
Workload, pay and appraisal
The Union is also campaigning to protect teachers from the pressure the Government's policies bring to bear. Unnecessary workload means that we we are losing far too many good teachers.
On pay the Government plans to tear up the national teacher pay system, make damaging changes to our pensions and introduce performance related pay for all teachers.
As with workload, the NUT works to ensure Government appraisal policies do not negatively impact on education or the working conditions of teachers. Working with other unions, policies have been drawn up to counter the worst excesses.
Follow the links above for more details on these three pressing issues.
Our manifesto makes recommendations for priorities and policies to benefit all children. We are asking that the new Government adopt them.