NUT//NASUWT: Michael Gove’s letter to schools re teachers’ pay

Commenting on the letter sent to schools questioning the NUT/NASUWT joint pay policy checklist Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Michael Gove again demonstrates that whilst saying he wants to give schools more freedom, in reality he wants to impose his own ideas which have repeatedly been demonstrated as having no basis in evidence and as undermining, not enhancing, standards. 

“Schools did not want the break-up of the national pay framework and the additional work which school-based pay negotiation would bring.  The NUT/NASUWT pay framework enables schools to avoid all of this and early indications are that this is exactly what they wish to do.

“Clearly Michael Gove, having picked this up, is now seeking to bully schools by threatening that they will be acting illegally when they adopt our framework.  His allegations are without foundation – as he knows – but his threats reveal the lengths to which he will go to impose his own ideas under the guise of freedom.”

     END    pr94-2013