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10 GOOD REASONS WHY TEACHERS ARE TAKING INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Since December 2011, teachers have been Standing up for Standards by taking pupil, parent and public-friendly action to defend their pay and conditions of service which enable them to focus on teaching and learning, but the Secretary of State for Education has refused to enter into meaningful discussions, so teachers are now taking part in a rolling programme of strike action to persuade the Coalition Government to engage in genuine dialogue.
1. Teachers’ pay and conditions are part of the entitlement of all children and young people to high standards of education
Teachers’ pay and conditions are linked to the entitlement of children and young people to be taught by highly skilled professionals, who have working conditions which help them to ensure high educational standards. The current system of pay and conditions has meant that our education system is seen as the sixth best in the world.
2. Teachers’ jobs are being lost due to the cuts
As a result of the Coalition Government’s cuts, thousands of teachers have lost their jobs. This has a direct impact on pupils who are no longer receiving the support they deserve.
3. Teachers’ jobs are being lost because of the employment of unqualified staff
As a result of Coalition Government changes, schools are now free to employ unqualified people, instead of qualified teachers, to teach pupils.
4. Teachers’ jobs are being lost because of changes to the curriculum
Changes to the curriculum have led to thousands of art, music, drama, RE and ICT teachers losing their jobs, reducing the opportunities for pupils to study these subjects.
5. Bureaucracy is increasing workload, which is getting in the way of teaching and learning
Unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy means that teachers have less time to spend on the teaching and learning of pupils.
6. Good teachers are being driven out of teaching
Half of teachers are seriously considering quitting the teaching profession due to changes to pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
7. Teachers are Standing up for Standards
Teachers are passionate about doing the best for all their pupils and about delivering high standards for all. Teachers believe that the changes to their working conditions will mean that they are not able to focus sufficiently upon the needs of their pupils.
8. Specialist teaching jobs are being cut
Access to specialist support for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities is being cut, making it harder for teachers to meet pupils’ educational needs.
9. Class sizes are increasing
Coalition Government cuts have meant that, as teachers have lost their jobs, class sizes are once again increasing within schools, denying pupils the individual support and attention they need.
10. Strike action by teachers is action of the last resort – the Coalition Government needs to listen
Since 1 December 2011, NASUWT members have been engaged in action short of strike action. The NASUWT has been seeking meetings to resolve the dispute but the Secretary of State is refusing to engage in genuine dialogue. Teachers have no choice but to take strike action as a last resort.
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