20 July 2017
This year’s Fred & Anne Jarvis Award has been given to NUT member Jonny Crawshaw from the City of York
“Jonny has campaigned tirelessly for rights of children to a decent education in York. As well as this work at a local level Jonny is a founder member and spokesperson for the national parent-led organisation ‘Rescue Our Schools’ and has spoken on behalf of children and teachers at several events.
‘Locally those include the first ‘Keeping Schools Creative’ campaign and the more recent ‘More Than a Score Yorkshire’ events.
‘Jonny is prolific user of social media and has really worked hard along with the rest of the Rescue Our Schools team to highlight the difficulties faced by local communities due to schools becoming academised. He has also worked incredibly hard to highlight the underfunding of schools. Jonny is very proud of the fact that he first penned the hashtag #schoolsjustwannahavefunds.
‘The work of Jonny and ‘Rescue Our Schools’ has really highlighted and supported the NUT’s position in the defence of education and as a result has helped to make education funding one of the top priorities for many people at the 2017 general election.
‘The Fred & Anne Jarvis Award was established in 2008. It recognises the contribution of individuals, external to the Union, who have campaigned tirelessly on educational issues. The award is named after former NUT General Secretary, Fred Jarvis, and his wife, Anne Jarvis, a lifelong NUT member and former chair of the Education Committee for Barnet Council, who died in 2007. Previous winners of the award include Malala Yousafzai and Michael Rosen.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“This award recognises the work that Jonny has done to hold Government to account for some of the issues plaguing the education system in England. We at the NUT are extremely grateful for all he has done to ensure children in York and beyond get the education they deserve. We know this takes time and commitment. For this we thank Jonny and recognise his achievement through the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award.”