News that Members of Parliament are demanding an increase in their annual pay from £62000 to just under £100,000, inclusive of their expenses has not gone down well with teachers’ unions. NUT Cymru is in the midst of the largest pay campaign on behalf of its members for decades which recently saw a day of action coordinated with other public sector unions. Wales Secretary of the NUT, David Evans said:-
“These demands clearly demonstrate how out of touch with reality the current government is. They pronounce a 2.45% pay deal for teachers and seek a 60% rise for themselves. They argue that any higher award within the public sector would drive up inflation but do not apply the same rules for themselves. They justify their claim using comparators from the private sector but deny teachers the same facility. Hypocrisy is rife with every pronouncement. It is little wonder that the public sector is up in arms.”
Commenting on today’s statement to the National Assembly by Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education Lifelong Learning and Skills, David Evans, Secretary of NUT Cymru welcomed broadly the decision to ensure that additional monies would be made available for the Foundation Phase but warned that a considerable amount of work needs to be done between now and September’s roll out if the implementation of this initiative is to be a success. He said:
Today, schools across Wales received details of their funding for next year. There was a great deal of anger amongst primary head teachers when they discovered that the funding they would receive for implementing the Foundation Phase could be less than 40% of the amount previously received for that very same purpose by schools which had been part of the pilot.
Wales’ largest teaching union has reacted angrily to news that the General Teaching Council for Wales is to increase its annual registration fee from £33 to £45 this year. Approval for the hike has been given by Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills.
David Evans, secretary NUT Cymru has called for a change in the school inspection system in Wales. He said, “With a new chief inspector of schools, Dr Bill Maxwell, taking up his appointment in February, now is the ideal time to look again, with fresh eyes, at the way school inspections work in Wales.
“In the run-up to the Assembly elections, NUT Cymru campaigned
against devolving teachers’ pay to the Welsh Assembly, recognising that this would be the start of a slippery slope leading to regional pay and eventually teachers in Wales being paid less than teachers in England,” said David Evans, secretary of NUT Cymru.
“Visits to museums, galleries and theatres, can enrich the education of children and young people,” said David Evans, Secretary NUT Cymru. “We fully support recent UK Government calls for the arts and creative subjects generally to be given a central place in the life of a school.
NUT Cymru has backed a report of the school inspectorate in Wales, Estyn, that calls for greater sensitivity to be shown towards girls when it comes to P.E. and games in school, in a letter to the new Assembly Government education minister, Jane Hutt.
‘Once again, our young people have done themselves and us as a country proud’, said NUT Cymru Secretary David Evans. ‘Their high achievements have been maintained yet again this year and even improved on, as we see happening year on year. There’s no mystery about the reason why – our young people and our teachers are working very hard and, increasingly, they are getting the support they deserve in terms of good focused resources and better buildings.’