A Message from the Acting General Secretary
As I am sure all Headway readers will know, Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the NUT since 2004, died suddenly aged 56 on 5 April 2008.
Steve was a staunch advocate of education as the means of lifting the underprivileged out of poverty. It was this vision which led him to campaign enthusiastically throughout his life for comprehensive education in England and Wales and for the right of children to education wherever in the world they lived. As both Deputy General Secretary and General Secretary, Steve placed the National Union of Teachers at the centre of both the national and international stages.
When Steve delivered the 2007 Hugh Gaitskell memorial lecture he summed up his philosophy thus: "I think there are those who are hopeful supporters and activists for justice, human rights and equality and there are the rest. Those who exude hope and optimism generate the energy and stimulate the progress that we in education and progressive trade unionism work for. I find it is such people who are as fascinated as I think I am by the liberating power of education in this country and across the world."