News and Support from The NASUWT
A survey of teachers published today by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, reveals the shocking impact on the teaching profession of three years of the Coalition Government’s relentless assault on pay, pensions and working conditions.
The NASUWT is the only organisation to have tracked the impact on teachers of the Coalition Government’s education policies through an annual survey, The Big Question, which was launched in 2011.
The findings of the survey are published on the eve of teachers in the North West taking the first action in the series of a national rolling programme of strike action in furtherance of a national trade dispute with the Secretary of State for Education over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
The Big Question 2013, conducted in March/April 2013, asked teachers a range of questions on key issues, including pay, pensions, job satisfaction and wellbeing. Over 14,000 teachers responded.
The survey found that teachers’ top four concerns are:
Teachers’ job satisfaction has declined sharply since 2011:
Prior to the introduction by the Department for Education of changes to the statutory pay framework for teachers that will extend pay discretions for all schools from 1 September:
The survey found that teachers believe that the changes being introduced by the Coalition Government will be bad for the teaching profession:
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Three years of relentless attacks on teachers by the Coalition Government have resulted in a profession in crisis.
“Teachers have responded in their thousands to the NASUWT survey every year since the Coalition has been in office.
“Each year the results have been shared with the Secretary of State. Each year he has failed to respond positively or to take seriously the deep concerns expressed.
“Teachers’ pay and working conditions are inextricably linked to the provision of high-quality education for all children and young people. Yet the Secretary of State arrogantly and recklessly continues to cut pay, plunder pensions and hack to pieces national salary scales.
“Not content with this, he is now laying plans to remove other key contractual provisions, particularly those which support and enable teachers to work effectively. If these proposals see the light of day, teachers’ holidays, working hours and other contractual provisions will be at the whim of employers and schools. No other profession has been treated in such a disgraceful and callous manner.
“No one, therefore, should be surprised that over half of teachers are considering leaving teaching altogether and that applications for teacher training are down and resignations are up.
“Teachers are understandably angry, frustrated and demoralised.”