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.
Our education funding lobby was a resounding success! We lobbied MPs, with lobbyists taking our message to Parliament loudly and clearly – invest, don’t cut! But we can’t leave it at that, we need to make sure that all MPs are aware of the crisis facing education funding.
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. Click here to read 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 and if you are unable to do that please email them using the template letter available here. Please ask your colleagues, friends and family members to do the same.
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. For more information on the implications of the Bill and on academies more generally please see the Union’s academies campaign page.
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.
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.