NASUWT: Teachers gather at annual conference to continue standing up for standards

Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, will be gathering at the Union’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth from tomorrow (Friday) at a time of unprecedented attacks on our public education system.

A range of motions, which teachers have balloted to be debated, are on the agenda, covering critical issues of concern to the profession, including inspection, special educational needs and qualified teacher status, together with pay, pensions and pupil behaviour.

The impact of government policy on children and young people will be a major concern for Conference representatives.

Representatives will be highlighting their concerns but will also be making clear their determination to continue standing up for standards in defence of our world-class public education system.

The Conference will also be setting out the NASUWT agenda in preparation for the General Election through a major report to Conference which sets out the issues the Union will be expecting politicians to address as they develop their manifestos.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Conference provides an important opportunity for members to come together to debate the critical issues affecting them as teachers and as ordinary working people.

“The outcome of the debates will inform and set the Union’s policy agenda for the year ahead.

“Whilst the relentless assaults which have been mounted on the profession and the impact of government education policy on children and young people will dominate the debates, Conference will also reaffirm the commitment of members to the Union’s industrial strategy.

“There will be clear and unequivocal messages to government that NASUWT members are determined to continue to stand up for standards and to fight to maintain our world-class education system.”

ENDS

NASUWT Press Office contacts:
Ben Padley 07785 463 119
Lena Davies 07867 392 746
Amanda Williamson 07741 246 202

Notes to editors
The NASUWT’s Annual Conference is being held at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) from 29 March to 1 April.

A copy of the conference agenda, detailing all the motions to be discussed, is available on request.