The NUT’s parliamentary work aims to develop effective working relationships with members of both Houses of Parliament from all parties. We seek to influence government policy, parliamentary debate and legislation on education issues as well as those which impact on teachers and children more generally.
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 moved to the House of Lords in September. The NUT, ATL, NAHT, and UNISON have sent a joint briefing to Peers ahead of the Report Stage on 16 December. You can find the latest version of the Bill and keep up to date with the Bill's progress through Parliament here.
To find out more about the NUT’s campaign 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 published the Trade Union Bill in July. It 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 Government launched three consultation exercises on the proposals
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.
To find out more about the NUTs campaign go here.
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.
Supply of Teachers
NUT Oral Evidence – Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary (9 December 2015)
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)
Women and Equalities Committee
Gender Pay Gap
NUT Oral Evidence – Amanda Brown, Assistant General Secretary (12 January 2016)
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