NUT Cymru has called for a widening of the debate around what impacts on educational attainment as we approach the Welsh election. The largest Union for qualified teachers in Wales says that teachers and schools are working as hard as possible but unless the other fundamental issues in our society are tackled they will always be facing an uphill challenge. The Union has made some key recommendations to start the discussion.
To achieve the right outcomes for pupils there has to be an education system that inspires and respects teachers, that is the message from Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers. NUT Cymru say tackling the issues around workload, professional development and accountability are central to building an education system that gets the best from its workforce. The union has proposed a series of policies on these issues to be taken up by a future Welsh Government.
NUT Cymru, the largest union for qualified teachers in Wales, has warned against drawing any definitive conclusions from the categorization results. NUT Cymru say the figures are a snapshot but do build on a developing picture of success for those involved in Welsh education.
NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:
“We shouldn’t make any specific judgements on the basis of categorization results alone. Schools in the green category may still need support in certain areas, while there is undoubtable excellent teaching and learning taking place within aspects of those schools placed in yellow, amber and red.
Commenting on the new Curriculum Timetable, NUT General Secretary, CHRISTINE BLOWER, said:
“The NUT, representing teachers in Wales and England, is immensely heartened by the aspirations and commitments that are now part of mainstream educational dialogue in Wales. NUT Cymru has supported the curriculum review throughout the process. The findings of the report have been well received by the profession and offer a more child focused approach to how we deliver education.
NUT Cymru, Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers, has sent its congratulations to the thousands of youngsters across the country, together with everyone involved in their achievements, as they celebrate their A Level results.
Swansea NUT members have been forced to continue further strike action today and tomorrow, alongside NASUWT colleagues as part of ongoing industrial action to protect the service which provides for the most vulnerable of Swansea’s children.
Divisional Secretary, Paul Bedford said:
“Our members do not want to take this action but feel that they have been forced into it due to seriously flawed proposals and the refusal of the LA to undertake meaningful consultation.
Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers has welcomed the exciting proposals put forward by Professor Graham Donaldson as part of his comprehensive review into the curriculum in Wales. NUT Cymru says they will now evaluate the findings in full detail and look forward to working with the Welsh Government to ensure that the expert knowledge of classroom practitioners are central to the way the process moves forward in future.
Music services in the Rhondda Cynon Taff are being put at risk due to new proposals by the local authority according to Wales’ largest teaching union. NUT Cymru say the status of music, and those teaching it, will be undermined by the plans and children will receive a diluted standard of education as a result.
NUT Cymru Policy Officer, Owen Hathway, said:
“NUT Cymru are extremely concerned at the manner in which it is proposed to save the RCT Music Service by attacking pay and conditions.
Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers have criticised the decision to cut nursery education provision in Rhondda Cynon Taff. NUT Cymru say the local authority’s decision to withdraw the right of children under the age of four to access full-time nursery places will hit schools standards and puts numerous jobs at risk across the county.
NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:
“We are of course very aware of the funding pressures RCT council face, but clearly this is a very short sighted approach. This decision really does threaten education standards.
Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers have welcomed the Education Minister’s invitation for the teaching profession to work with him and the Welsh Government on curriculum development. NUT Cymru said the call was a positive recognition that future developments around the curriculum had to be led by classroom experts.
NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower, said:
“We welcome this invitation from the Education Minister. It is very positive that Huw Lewis AM is recognising the depth of knowledge and expertise that teachers in Wales have and wishes to tap into that resource. Ultimately it is teachers who will be teaching the new curriculum so it makes perfect sense to work with the profession to develop it. No doubt that will create a stronger basis for the curriculum as well as a greater sense of ownership for it from the profession.
Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers have responded to today’s publication of school categorization in Wales. The system, introduced after the flawed banding approach was scrapped following a campaign led by NUT Cymru, ranks schools in one of four colour coded categories.
NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:
“We are fully committed to accountability and believe the data which makes up the categorization system should be readily available to parents. Indeed, through the Welsh Government’s ‘My Local School’ website that is already happening. However, NUT Cymru remains sceptical that ranking schools in any sort of public judgement is the best way to help support standards.
Leaders of teacher unions in Gwynedd today condemned the "catastrophic impact” that £4.3m of proposed cuts to schools’ budgets from next April would have on education in the county.
Schools have been threatened with cuts of 6.3% to implement the savings required by the council.
Neil Foden, speaking on behalf of the Gwynedd teacher unions, said:
“This is a looming disaster for education in Gwynedd. Some schools could lose up to half a million pounds as a result of the council trying to live within the money allocated to it by the Welsh Government. It makes a mockery of the public’s belief that education is going to be more generously funded as a result of the Welsh Government’s promise to fund education at 1% above allocation.
“This could see larger, mixed age classes in primary schools and whole subjects disappearing from the secondary school curriculum. Already more than thirty schools have begun the redundancy process, including almost three quarters of the secondary schools, and we expect at least 40% of the county’s primaries to be in financial difficulties.
“Given that in many areas of Gwynedd pupil numbers are still declining, which reduces the allocation to schools, and the Welsh Government’s under-funding of sixth forms, we now face a double blow of reduced funding and cuts. In the past, the council has been prepared to offset savings from reduced numbers against the cuts but this year has refused to do so.
“It is clear that the scale of the cuts vary significantly from county to county. We wonder how authorities such as Wrexham appear able to largely protect schools when in Gwynedd many risk being financially crippled.”