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The absence of a statutory basis for teachers’ pay and conditions is threatening to undermine high-quality education for children and young people, teachers attending the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, will warn today.
Teachers from Scotland will warn at the Conference, which is being held in Cardiff, that the current negotiating machinery which determines teachers’ national terms and conditions is facing breakdown at national and local level and will call for the Scottish Government to act to make their terms and conditions statutory.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Teachers’ pay and conditions of service are inextricably linked to the provision of high-quality education.
“Our public education system is a national system and to ensure that all children and young people receive their entitlement to be taught by teachers who are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and have working conditions which enable them to focus on teaching and learning, it is essential that teachers’ terms and conditions are guaranteed.
“The national negotiating machinery is completely undermined if schools and employers at local level can vary the provisions agreed and, whilst in the past most adhered to the national position, more and more are seeking to vary them.
“The consensus approach is no longer working. Teachers should not have their terms and conditions determined by postcode and the whim of local employers.
“The Scottish Government needs to act to stop the rot and make terms and conditions nationally binding at local level through statutory provisions and guidance.
“We have seen only too graphically in England the damage that is done to the profession and the education service when a free-for-all on pay and conditions of service takes hold.”
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
“If we wish to continue to benefit from the skills, enthusiasm and knowledge of a highly trained and motivated school workforce then we have to offer them the security of knowing that they have nationally determined pay and conditions of service, wherever they choose to teach.”