The NUT regularly submits written evidence and gives oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries as well as briefing MPs and Peers.
Education and Adoption Bill
This Bill was published in June. It 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.
The Bill was debated for the first time in Parliament on 22 June. The NUT sent this briefing to MPs ahead of the debate which sets out our many concerns about the proposals. The Union has also submitted this evidence to the Committee of MPs who have been scrutinising the Bill in detail. The Bill is expected to be considered again by MPs after the summer holidays. You can keep up to date with the Bill's progress through Parliament here.
To find out more about the NUT’s campaign to Beat the Bill please see here.
For more information on the implications of the Bill and on academies more generally please see the Union’s academies campaign page here.
Trade Union Bill
The Government has published the Trade Union Bill which seeks to make provisions about industrial action, trade unions, employers' associations and the functions of the Certification Officer. The Bill represents an unprecedented attack on trade unions and the rights of working people to take industrial action. The date for the second reading debate has not yet been announced. You can find a copy of the Bill and its accompanying explanatory notes as well as keep up to date with its progress through Parliament here. The NUT was mentioned in much reporting following the Bill’s publication. Our press statement is here.
2015 Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech of 27 May 2015 highlighted a number of legislative proposals which the NUT will be following. Of particular interest will be an Education Bill and a Trade Unions Bill. The NUT has sent this initial response to the Speech to MPs and Peers.
Education Select Committee
Please find below examples of the NUT’s involvement in the work of the Education Select Committee during the course of the last Parliament.
Academies and Free Schools
NUT oral evidence– Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary (14 October 2014)
NUT oral evidence – Emma Hardy, Primary teacher and Vice-President of East Riding NUT (24 June 2014)
NUT written evidence – December 2013
Inquiry on Great Teachers – follow up
NUT written submission and NUT further written submission– July 2013
NUT oral evidence – Anne Swift, NUT Executive member and head teacher (17 July 2013)
Inquiry into School partnerships and cooperation
NUT written submission (May 2013)
For further information about the NUT’s work in Westminster or for advice about how to lobby your MP locally, please contact the Union’s Parliamentary Officer Chris Brown on 0207 380 4712 or email@example.com