Stand Up for Education
The Welsh election in 2016 will be a watershed moment for education in Wales. Parents and teachers have a golden opportunity to use the time before the Welsh election to work with candidates to build a progressive, cooperative and successful education system. More on the Wales Manifesto.
The London Manifesto – Standing up for London’s Education is to be used ahead of the Mayoral and London Assembly elections in May 2016. It contains a series of proposals that ask the next Mayor and London Assembly to champion measures around housing, school places, supply teacher provision and qualified teacher status. More on the London Manifesto.
Schools and colleges are struggling financially and the Government's plan to freeze school funding - cutting it in real terms - will only make things worse. Its plan to increase cuts to post 16 funding would put the entire sixth form colleges sector under threat. More about the education funding crisis.
If you didn’t manage to join the national lobby, please get together with colleagues and arrange to visit your MP in their constituency soon or email your MP.
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.
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. For more information on the implications of the Bill and on academies more generally please see the Union’s campaign on academies.
Other related campaigns
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.