• Coronavirus: 'Very real risk' of spike if schools open too early, say teaching unions

    The leaders of England’s two largest teaching unions have come together with others from across the UK and Ireland to urge “significant caution” over plans to reopen schools. Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, joint general secretaries of the National Education Union, and Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, are among

    12.00 May. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Patrick Roach takes over at NASUWT with a plea to ministers

    Government must intervene to stop “unacceptable management practices” in schools that are damaging teacher wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, the new leader of the NASUWT union has said. Dr Patrick Roach took charge today of the 300,000-member union after a decade as its deputy general secretary, and immediately demanded action from the government, which he

    5.00 Apr. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools need guidance after rise in racist abuse, says union

    A teaching union has written to Gavin Williamson to demand guidance for schools on how to tackle racist incidents related to the spread of coronavirus. NASUWT said it had received reports of “increased covert and overt racial attacks perpetrated against some minority ethnic pupils and NASUWT members linked to coronavirus concerns”. Chris Keates, the acting

    11.05 Mar. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Four in 10 LGBT+ teachers experience homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, warns NASUWT

    More than four in ten teachers who identify as LGBT+ have personally experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at work in the past year, the NASUWT teaching union has warned. And 40 per cent of LGBT+ teachers have also witnessed homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incidents involving their colleagues, with 17 per cent saying they had witnessed

    12.55 Feb. 24th, 2020 | News

  • 'We are not convinced' - leaders' union ASCL won't back #PauseOfsted campaign

    The Association of School and College Leaders will not back calls for school staff to stop working as Ofsted inspectors because its leaders are “not convinced” it’s the best way forward. The #PauseOfsted campaign, launched by Headteachers’ Roundtable chair Stephen Tierney at the think tank’s annual conference last week, calls for those working part-time as

    13.51 Feb. 11th, 2020 | News

  • NASUWT faces fresh challenge over legitimacy of national officials

    The NASUWT teachers’ union is facing a fresh challenge over claims that its former president and other officials held office while ineligible for full union membership. The Northern Ireland Certification Office, which regulates union activity, has confirmed it will hear a complaint from Susan Parlour, the former NASUWT NI president, that five officers, including Dan

    15.00 Sep. 13th, 2019 | News

  • NASUWT former president excluded after speaking out

    A teaching union has removed an executive member after she questioned the lengthy suspensions of senior officials and the timetable for the general secretary’s re-election. Susan Parlour, the former president in Northern Ireland for the NASUWT, has been excluded from the union’s national executive. Documents show the union began action against the teacher last October,

    15.00 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Union ordered to reinstate sacked employee after whistleblowing row

    England’s second largest teaching union has been ordered to reinstate a sacked employee after an employment tribunal found it was “likely” he was dismissed for whistleblowing. The NASUWT fired Richard Harris last October after he accused Chris Keates, the union’s general secretary, of lying, wasting police time and “acting like a despot”, a tribunal ruling

    7.00 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Data helps us intervene early, says academy trust

    Trusts are concerned that a new government diktat to pull back from data collection will stop them making rapid interventions for struggling pupils. The Department for Education this week pledged to cut out unnecessary workload so teachers could “devote their energies to teaching”. It followed several recommendations in a Workload Advisory Group report, which were

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Alternative provision academy trust turns to online learning to make savings

    An academy trust in charge of 11 alternative provision academies intends to increase its use of online learning as part of a plan to cut more than £2.5 million from its budget, it has emerged. The TBAP trust, which runs AP academies in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the North West, is planning widespread cost-cutting measures after

    16.45 Sep. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Energy drink ban plan 'long overdue'

    A move by the government to consider banning the sale of energy drinks to young people has been branded a “major step forward” but “long overdue”. Downing Street announced last night that the Department of Health is to consult on proposals which would see all retailers banned from selling drinks that contain more than 150mg of

    10.53 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News