Wales

NUT Cymru comment on new teacher training changes

15 March 2017

The largest union representing teachers in Wales has given its reaction to the proposed changes to initial teacher training.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

NUT Cymru Response to OECD Report

28 February 2017

Responding to the OECD report published today, David Evans, NUT Cymru's Secretary, said:

Post 16 Education in Torfaen. Concern Grows over Torfaen Sixth Form Proposals

22 February 2017

The teaching profession in Torfaen is becoming increasingly concerned over the local authority’s proposals to close the sixth forms at Croesyceiliog School, St Alban’s RC High School and Cwmbran High School.

Under its proposals, responsibility for provision of A and AS level study, BTEC and the Welsh Baccalaureate will be transferred to Coleg Gwent and effectively out of the local education authority control.

ATL and NUT respond to missed opportunity of supply taskforce report

Two of Wales’ largest teaching unions have criticised the Welsh Government’s supply taskforce as a missed opportunity for the profession in Wales. ATL Cymru and NUT Cymru say that the recommendations proposed in the report do not move the sector forward and will be viewed will disappointment by supply teachers and schools who thought the original children’s committee report offered a significant step forward.

NUT Secretary, David Evans, said:

“The recommendations do little, if anything, to move this process forward.

NUT Cymru Respond to school categorisation

NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:

“With more schools in both the primary and secondary sector placed in the top green category, and all other categories seeing a decrease we can say this year’s figures are positive news. However, we should not misrepresent the fact that categorisation is but one model for evaluation and simply a snapshot of performance.

Physical and Verbal attacks on teachers cause union concern On average of 8 assault takes place every day

30 January 2017

Research by Wales’ largest teaching union has uncovered that teachers and other school staff have been the victims of over 4,500 physical and verbal attacks by pupils over the past three academic years. NUT Cymru conducted FOI inquiries with the 22 local authorities in Wales with alarmingly high figures, even though 5 local authorities (Bridgend, Caerphilly, Ceredigion, Conwy and Denbighshire) either did not, could not, or refused to respond.

NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:

NUT Cymru Respond to Estyn Report

24 January 2017

Wales’s largest teaching union have responded to this year’s annual Estyn report. NUT Cymru say that the report highlights the views that their members have expressed for a number of years about the lack of access to high quality professional development.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

NUT Cymru Response to Class Size Investment

23 January 2017

Wales’s largest union for qualified teachers, NUT Cymru, has welcomed the establishment of a £36m fund to tackle the issue of large class sizes. The union says that this is a positive step forward but how the money is delivered must be monitored closely.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

“This announcement is very welcome news. Kirsty Williams and the Welsh Government should be congratulated for responding to the concerns of parents and the teaching profession who see unmanageable class sizes as one of the most concerning issues they face. For too long this problem has been ignored. Putting it on the agenda has been a major campaign for the NUT and we are grateful there has been a positive reaction from the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

NUT Cymru comment on Pisa results

6 December 2016

David Evans, NUT Cymru Secretary, said:

“PISA is not necessarily measuring current policies but rather the outcomes of historic approaches to education. That will include systematic underfunding of our schools, seemingly endless policy changes and as successive education Ministers have noted, a failure to ensure high quality continued professional development for the teaching profession. It is also reflection of outside factors such as private tuition, poverty and social equality.

Teachers urged to make their voices heard

31 October 2016

All teachers in Wales are being urged to take part in the newly launched Welsh Government Workforce Survey. NUT Cymru, the largest teaching union in Wales, says that it is crucial there is as wide a response as possible to the survey in order to ensure that the Welsh Government have a full picture of what it is like to be a classroom teacher in Wales.

The union have campaigned for a survey of this nature to be conducted for some time and welcome the decision by the Cabinet Secretary to introduce it.

NUT Cymru comment on GCSE results

25 August 2016

NUT Cymru, Wales’ largest Union for qualified teachers, has sent its congratulations to the thousands of school children across the country, together with everyone involved in their achievements, as they celebrate their GCSE results.

NUT Cymru Policy Officer, Owen Hathway, said:

“These results are very good news and are a testament to the hard work of pupils and teachers across Wales. Many hours of work have gone into securing these high standards; often well above and beyond the role of a teacher. Schools should be congratulated on the support they have given pupils and of course those pupils should be incredibly proud of their achievements.

NUT Cymru comment on A Level results

18 August 2016

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.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

New Education Minister Must Tackle Stress

25 July 2016

Wales’ largest Union for qualified teachers says the new Education Minister will need to put teacher’s workload at the very top of her to do list after figures obtained via freedom of information requests show stress related illnesses continue to blight the profession.

NUT Cymru research has discovered 51,795 days were lost to stress related illnesses last year, an increase of 2,568 on 2014. The overall total since January 2012 is a staggering 202,314 missing teaching days.

Standardised Testing Continues to Fail Welsh Pupils

21 July 2016

Standardised testing continues to leave pupils and schools distressed according to a national survey of teachers in Wales. The research, conducted by NUT Cymru show that after four years the literacy and numeracy tests are even more divisive than ever. Some teachers have even expressed the view that they are considering leaving the profession rather than continue to subject pupils to the testing regime.

Wales' largest union for qualified teachers are repeating their calls for a review of the system which is undermining the impact of the Foundation Phase, hindering children's emotional and educational progress and leaving teachers to question their long-term commitment to the profession.

NUT Cymru Welcome Appointment of Kirsty Williams as new Education Minister

19 May 2016

Wales’s largest union for qualified teachers have welcomed the appointment of Kirsty Williams AM as the new Minister for Education. NUT Cymru say there are a number of major challenges facing education in Wales and the union look forward to working constructively with the Minister to meet them head on.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

Wales needs a public service that’s not for private profit

27 April 2016

Retaining education as a public service is critical to the success of pupils according to Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers. NUT Cymru say that children’s education is too precious a commodity to be privatised and any future Welsh Government must not only continue to rule out such a move but look at tackling the privatisation creep that has taken place with the influx and influence of supply agencies in Wales. NUT Cymru have, in their election manifesto, set out a series of policies they wish to see from the next Welsh Government, including:

Wales needs a coherent and stable education system

11 April 2016

NUT Cymru, the largest teaching union in Wales, have called for the scrapping of regional consortia if they do not improve amidst a series of policies designed to establish a more stable and coherent education sector in Wales. The union argues that there has been a great deal of upheaval over the past Assembly term and with major pieces of work, such as the introduction of a new curriculum and Welsh-specific qualifications being introduced over the next few years, it is essential that teachers have a sense of clarity in future.

Wales needs to ask: “Who is teaching our children?”

21 March 2016

NUT Cymru is encouraging parents to question just who exactly will be teaching their children under the next Welsh Government. Making education a central theme of the forthcoming Welsh election, the Union, who represents thousands of teachers across Wales, says that previous Welsh Government have committed to ensuring that only qualified teachers lead lessons, but that this is not always the case in practice. The use of teaching assistants to cover lessons; the limited access to CPD and rising class sizes are all contributing to a reduction in time pupils spend with qualified teachers.

Wales needs a vision for success

7 March 2016

Wales’s largest union for qualified teachers have called on the next Welsh Government to ensure that there is a clear vision for education. As part of the central theme of their manifesto NUT Cymru are arguing that there must be a consistent approach to education across the sector, building on the work undertaken by the Donaldson review.

Joint Education Union Hustings

22 February 2016

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers Cymru (ATL Cymru), National Union of Teachers Cymru (NUT Cymru) and Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC) have joined forces to hold the most important education hustings for the teaching profession in the build up to the Welsh election on May 5th.

The event, which will be held at the The Futures Inn hotel in Cardiff Bay on Thursday 3 March, will be chaired by the Western Mail’s Education Correspondent Gareth Evans and will see Huw Lewis AM (Welsh Labour), Andrew RT Davies AM (Welsh Conservatives), Simon Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru) and Aled Roberts AM (Welsh Liberal Democrats) each make their pitch for the electoral support of teachers.

Wales needs fair funding: you get out what you put in

22 February 2016

Adequate funding for Welsh schools has to be a priority for whoever forms the next Welsh Government according to the largest teaching union for qualified teachers in Wales. NUT Cymru have used their manifesto to call on the politicians seeking to form the Welsh Government after the election to secure a fair funding settlement for Wales and to channel resources into, at present, underfunded areas of education.

NUT Cymru Welcomes Supply Task Force

10 February 2016

NUT Cymru, the largest union for qualified teachers in Wales, has welcomed the announcement by the Education Minister to establish a task force to look at the delivery of supply teaching in Wales. The decision comes in response to the Children’s committee inquiry into the issue.

NUT Wales Policy Officer, Owen Hathway, said:

“We very much welcome the Minister’s announcement of a task force to look at supply models for Wales.

We need to improve our society in order to support our education system – NUT Cymru

8 February 2016

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.

Categorization part of a growing narrative of success

28 January 2016

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.

NUT Cymru Manifesto launch

8 January 2016

There has never been a more important time for the Welsh Government to work with teachers

Wales’s largest union for qualified teachers is today launching its manifesto for the forthcoming Welsh election in May, with ensuring a child-focused system is at the heart of its agenda.

NUT comment on new Curriculum Timetable

22 October 2015

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 comment on GCSE Results

20 August 2015

Commenting on this year’s GCSE results, NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:

“This has been another fantastic set of results that reflect the hard work, dedication and commitment of pupils and their teachers. 

NUT Cymru comment on A-Level results

13 August 2015

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.

NUT Cymru Policy Officer, Owen Hathway, said:

NUT Cymru respond to Education Minister’s statement on the curriculum

30 June 2015

Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers has welcomed the decision by the Education Minister to accept in full the recommendations of the Donaldson review. 

Swansea Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) - 3 Day Strike

17 June 2015

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.

NUT welcomes Donaldson Review

25 February 2015

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 service in RCT schools under threat – NUT Cymru

13 February 2015

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.

NUT Cymru criticise nursery education cuts in RCT

13 February 2015

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 Cymru comment on Minister’s speech

6 February 2015

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 Cymru comment on school categorisation publication

30 January 2015

Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers have responded to today’s publication of school categorisation 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:

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