As the National Union of Teachers hold their annual conference, Schools Week regular Emma Ann Hardy gives us the lowdown on the days’ motions and happenings.
One of my favourite times at conference is when we start to disagree, and today’s motion with the amendment on escalating strike action didn’t disappoint.
The tension in the room was palpable, with my own union division divided on whether we should set dates for four days of strike action now, or if we waited to see what an incoming government would do.
Heated conversations erupted but the reaction to the debates at the podium remained largely good tempered. You would be forgiven for thinking that escalated strike action would be carried given that the auditorium loudly cheered every speech advocating for it, and the reaction to speeches against was more muted, but when following #NUT15 on twitter the sway of opinion was clearer, and the strike action call was defeated by a large majority.