NUT Conference 2017
18 April 2017
Commenting after the debate on Motion 21, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The undermining of national pay and conditions through the fragmentation of the education service is one of the key factors contributing to the current recruitment and retention crisis. Currently, teachers are voting with their feet and leaving the profession in droves. Schools are struggling to fill posts and many teachers leave within the first five years of their career. This is a dreadful waste.
“Performance related pay is unfair and unworkable, while the excessive hours which teachers have to put in just to stand still are leading to exhaustion and burn out. No teacher expects to work 9-5 but an average working week of 54.4 hours, with some teachers working more than 60 hours, as evidenced by the findings of DfE’s 2016 workload survey, is simply unsustainable. There needs to be time within the working day to prepare lessons, and there certainly needs to be a vast reduction in the colossal amounts of unproductive and unnecessary accountability measures to which teachers and schools are subjected on a daily basis.
“For the profession to be one that attracts and keeps the best graduates, we need national conditions that limit working hours, recognise the need for a work/life balance, and provide a pay structure that is transparent and adhered to by all employers. Failure to address these issues will lead to a further increase in teacher shortages which no society serious about the education of its children can afford.”
NUT Edufacts: Teacher Recruitment and Retention
NUT Edufacts: Workload
DfE, Teacher Workload Survey 2016:
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