Bucks union head gives back­ing to strike

NUT mem­bers plan­ning in­dus­trial ac­tion over school fund­ing is­sues

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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