ACTION MESOTHELIOMA DAY

NASUWT MARKS ACTION MESOTHELIOMA DAY

 

Commenting on Action Mesothelioma Day, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

 

“Today being Action Mesothelioma Day, our thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible and entirely preventable disease.

 

“Mesothelioma only occurs where asbestos exposure occurs

 

“Given the well-known risks associated with asbestos, it is scandalous that this lethal fibre is still present in the vast majority of schools.

 

“The only safe asbestos is removed asbestos, and the Government should bring forward plans for a phased removal of asbestos without delay.”

 

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TUC LGBT+ WORKERS SURVEY

NASUWT COMMENTS ON TUC LGBT+ WORKERS SURVEY

 

Commenting on the TUC’s LGBT+ workers survey, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

 

“The findings of this survey are deeply disturbing, but sadly not surprising.

 

“No one should be suffering discrimination, harassment and violence in the workplace.

 

“The NASUWT’s own research of LGBTI teachers shows that they say homophobic and transphobic ‘banter’ is commonplace in their workplaces and that a majority of teachers do not feel their workplace is a safe environment for LGBTI teachers.

 

“Overt and covert discrimination remains all too frequent and many teachers do not feel able to be out in their school or college.

 

“It is clear that too many employers are failing in their duty to tackle harassment, bullying and prejudice against LGBT+ workers and it’s about time they took seriously their duty of care for their employees.

 

“The NASUWT will continue to stand up for teachers who are facing unacceptable treatment in the workplace to secure workplaces where LGBTI staff feel valued, respected and safe.”

 

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EPI Report on the National Funding Formula and School Funding

NASUWT comment on EPI Report on the National Funding Formula and School Funding

 

Responding to a report issued by the Education Policy Institute, the NASUWT, the teachers’ union has highlighted the need for significant additional investment to accompany any changes to the National Funding Formula.

 

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

 

“The NASUWT has argued relentlessly for increased investment in schools and also that it is unacceptable for any school to be a loser under the National Funding Formula.

 

“The Government’s current funding levels are, in reality, a cut in school spending in real terms, continuing the year on year cuts schools have faced since 2010.

 

“The cuts to funding are being exacerbated by the uncertainty schools are facing as a result of the Government’s failure to make its intentions clear on the future of school funding, and on the National Funding Formula in particular.

 

“Given that the last Conservative Government proposed that the National Funding Formula will be used to fund schools from April next year onwards, it will be a disgrace if the summer term comes to an end with schools having no clarity from this Conservative Government about what the future of funding holds to enable them to plan with confidence.”

 

Published earlier today, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) Report identified the impact on schools of removing the floor protections in the NFF to pay for the removal of the cap for those potentially set to gain.

 

Removing floor protections in the NFF would be disastrous for many schools serving deprived communities.

 

The report also focuses on the cost of ensuring no schools would lose per pupil funding in the formula, estimating that this would be £2.3 billion per year by 2020-21, £1.3 billon more than currently promised in the Conservative Party Manifesto.

 

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MINISTER’S CALLS ON PUBLIC SECTOR PAY ARE DISINGENUOUS AND A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC’

‘MINISTER’S CALLS ON PUBLIC SECTOR PAY ARE DISINGENUOUS AND A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC’

 

Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has written today to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, calling for her to act as a matter of urgency to suspend any discretionary application of the School Teachers’ Review Body pay recommendations in the Report which has been submitted to her and to confirm immediately, alongside the publication of that Report, a new remit for the Review Body requiring them to produce, free from the constraints of the public sector pay cap and pressure from the Treasury, a further report on teachers’ pay before the end of the Autumn Term 2017.

 

Chris Keates said:

 

“The call made by the Secretary of State for the Environment over the weekend for ministers to accept the recommendations of the public sector pay review bodies is disingenuous and a blatant attempt to mislead the public. All relevant government departments, including the DfE, are already in receipt of those reports. Ministers already know what they contain and have known for some time.

 

“Those reports have been produced by the review bodies in a context where, since 2011, the Government has sought to compromise the independence of the review bodies, both in terms of the remit ministers have given to them and the correspondence the chairs of those bodies have received from the Treasury prior to starting their deliberations.

 

“Despite this unacceptable pressure from government and the constraints imposed by the public sector pay cap, the School Teachers’ Review Body has been highly critical of the government’s stance on teachers’ pay and made clear that there is a case for exceeding the pay cap.

 

“In its last report it stated that ‘there is a case for an uplift higher than 1% to the national pay framework to strengthen the competitive position of the teaching profession. It went on to say ‘If recruitment and retention pressures continue at their current levels, we expect that an uplift significantly higher than 1% will be required.’

 

“If ministers are committed to lifting the pay cap, giving teachers the higher pay they deserve and addressing the crisis in recruitment and retention, then the Secretary of State must allow the School Teachers’ Review Body, as a matter of urgency, to produce a further report, free from not only the constraints of the pay cap, but also from pressure from ministers and the Treasury.”

 

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PREVENT DUTY REPORT

NASUWT COMMENTS ON PREVENT DUTY REPORT

 

Commenting on the report What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges, published by Coventry University, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

 

“The NASUWT has always maintained the importance of ensuring that all children and young people are kept safe from abuse, indoctrination and hatred.

 

“Teachers and school leaders take seriously the importance of protecting children and young people from all forms of extremism, including racist and far right extremism.

 

“This report reflects many of the NASUWT’s views about the Prevent duty, namely that where schools provide effective training to teachers and integrate Prevent into their existing safeguarding procedures, teachers are more confident in implementing the duty.

 

“It also reflects the Union’s concern that the Government’s focus on preventing Islamic extremism through Prevent may unduly stigmatise particular groups of young people and that handled badly, the Prevent duty has the potential to create division and hostility within school communities.

 

“It is clear that schools need appropriate support to ensure that the Prevent duty is being implemented in a way which supports equality and diversity in schools and promotes community cohesion.”

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KEY STAGE 2 ASSESSMENT STATISTICS

NASUWT COMMENTS ON KEY STAGE 2 ASSESSMENT STATISTICS

Commenting on the publication of the Key Stage 2 assessment statistics, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“These results reflect the considerable hard work which has been put in by pupils and teachers over the past year, and we should all congratulate them for their achievements.

“That this has been achieved despite the confusion created by the chaotic introduction of the new assessment framework, which barely a year after introduction is already under review by Government, is of great credit to the resilience of the teaching profession.

“Their hard work, skill and dedication, while battling the burden of excessive workload, year on year cuts to pay, constantly changing policies and ongoing budget cuts, remains remarkable.

“For the good of all those involved the NASUWT reiterates its call for Government to conclude its on-going review of all of the issues surrounding the framework assessment as soon as possible, so we can urgently move to a sustainable system of assessment that is fit for purpose and commands the confidence of teachers and the public.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH REPORT

NASUWT COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH REPORT

 

Commenting on the Education Policy Institute’s report Social Media and Children’s Mental Health, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

 

“The NASUWT has been at the forefront of highlighting the risks and implications for children and young people of the increasing use of social media.

 

“As the report highlights, social media can have many positive impacts for children and young people and has become an intrinsic part of most young people’s lives.

 

“However, NASUWT research has found that 72% of teachers believe that social media pressures are creating or contributing to mental health issues in pupils. Teachers report that online bullying is common among their students and that pupils routinely use social media to share sexual or offensive images, videos and messages.

 

“There is also a serious problem of pupils using social media to harass and abuse teachers-nearly a third of teachers in the NASUWT’s latest social media survey said they had received online abuse from pupils in the last year.

 

“Perhaps more worryingly, half of those teachers who had been abused online had received this abuse from parents. Therefore, it is clear there also a need to educate parents as well as children about the responsible and safe use of social media.

 

“While there is clearly a role for schools to play in helping pupils to develop these digital skills, and many schools are already doing valuable work in this area, schools need support, input from experts and the resources to help children and young people safely and sensibly navigate their online lives.”

 

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