Bucks union head gives backing to strike
NUT members planning industrial action over school funding issues
NUT members want funding increased to both schools and to education in general.
It is also seeking guaranteed terms and conditions for its members in all schools and for negotiations on teachers’ contracts to be resumed in a bid to allow workload to be addressed.
The union describes workloads as ‘unmanageable and exhausting’ and says terms and conditions are worsening amid huge funding cuts.
It told parents it was not taking strike action lightly but the effects of the cuts on their children’s education was real and damaging.
Annette Pryce, Buckinghamshire NUT Division Secretary, said: “As a result of school funding cuts, class sizes in primary and secondary schools are increasing, subject choices are being cut, and children are getting less individual attention as teachers and support staff are made redundant or not replaced when they leave.
“There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools, especially in this county.
“Without change to significant the pay and working condition of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns.”
Ms Pryce also spoke out about government plans to ensure all schools become academies, saying it would result in decisions on pay and working conditions, including maternity/ paternity rights and sick pay, being made at school level.
“There is absolutely no evidence that this sort of deregulation will lead to higher standards.
“There needs to be a guarantee of good standards for teachers’ terms and conditions across the board, in all schools.
“School leaders’ attention should be on educating children, not squandering huge amounts of time on negotiating individual staff members’ contracts.
“After a period of turmoil in Bucks education, there needs to be a sense of stability in the county.”