What's going on with teaching?

Last week the National Union of Teachers organised protest rallies in London, Birmingham, Newcastle and other cities.

This is just the latest profession up in arms about Government plans being forced through. Last week the government announced that it would require all state schools in England to have academy status.

Now I’m not in education so I cannot comment on the merits of this policy, but it’s never a bad thing to listen to the people on the ground. In this case it’s the teachers.

Kevin Courtney of the NUT said the academy plan was a "disaster for education and local democracy". "Despite there being no evidence that academy status improves education, Nicky Morgan is recklessly ploughing ahead with this policy," said Mr Courtney, the NUT's deputy general secretary.

That sounds a bit like Jeremy Hunt. Not listening to the ones who do the job.

"Many communities and schools have categorically said they do not want to convert to an academy. In just a few days after the announcement, two petitions to government reached their 100,000 target."Mr Courtney also said that proposals to reduce the role of parent governors went in the opposite direction of greater parental choice.

The government argues that academies, which operate outside of local authorities, can use their greater autonomy to raise standards.

Another issue teachers are facing is a huge increase in workloads and a teacher shortage. Teachers are calling for tackling staff shortages to be made a priority rather than "politically motivated" projects such as academies and free schools. The National Union of Teachers heard warnings of a "crisis" in schools struggling to recruit teachers.Teachers warned of excessive workload and inadequate pay damaging both recruitment and retention.

Christine Blower, the union's leader, described it as a "desperately serious situation"."The causes of the retention problem are clear: workload, workload, workload - for not enough pay," said Ms Blower.

The conference backed a motion promising "support for members up to and including strike action" for any teachers facing worse conditions because of staff shortages. There were also warnings that teachers' salaries had not kept up with rising costs, such as housing.

Professions such as Teaching and Nursing should be respected and protected, but as shown by these protest and strikes they do not feel they are. If you read this article don’t stay silent please,


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