NUT Conference 2017

18 April 2017

Commenting after the debate on Motion 25,¬†Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Teaching is a collaborative profession and no teacher should be expected to work in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Chasing endless ever-changing targets, and the insatiable desire of Government for data gathering beyond all reason, is turning schools into exam factories and placing teachers under intolerable strain.

“The excessive scrutiny to which teachers are subjected is demoralising. The endless paperwork that is generated to prove they are carrying out daily routine tasks, such as marking and planning, is time consuming and draining. No other profession is judged so relentlessly or mistrusted to such a degree. This culture needs to change to prevent the current crisis in recruitment and retention becoming even worse.

“Trust need to be placed back in our education system and teachers must be supported and treated with respect. An endless regime of inspection and observation will not get the best out of anyone and will only lead to a decline in morale. Clearly, this is not good either for teachers or the pupils they teach.”

Editor’s Note:

The NUT’s Annual Conference is taking place this Easter weekend in Cardiff. For the Final Agenda,
please visit https://www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/nut-final-agenda-2017-13068.pdf

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