Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why the teachers are striking

Government policies threaten the standard of education in all our schools and colleges. Help us to persuade Michael Gove to change course.

Ensure every classroom has a qualified teacher
Academies and free schools are now allowed to employ unqualified teachers. This is a big threat to standards of education

Allow councils to open new schools where they are needed
There is a huge pupil place shortage but councils are not allowed to open new schools. Many councils are driven to putting portacabins on school playgrounds to cope. The Government only allows new “free schools” and these are often in the wrong place.

Make sure changes to the curriculum and exams are positive and planned
Rushed changes are stressful for children as well as their teachers. The Government should start listening to what teachers and education experts say. It should work with them to develop an exciting and inspiring curriculum that equips children for the modern world.

Ensure there are enough new teachers – stop picking fights with the ones we’ve got
Michael Gove keeps criticising teachers. Morale is plummeting. Five years after qualifying, 2 in every 5 teachers are no longer teaching. On top of that the current system of training teachers is under-recruiting. Instead of dealing with this, Michael Gove keeps attacking our teachers, who are forced to strike to defend themselves and education

Get our schools working together and fund them properly
The evidence shows that schools working together is best for all children. Financial scandals at free schools show the dangers of privatisation. On top of this fragmentation, school 6th forms and 6th form colleges are facing 20% cuts while £1.7 billion has been allocated to wasteful and unnecessary free schools.

Please help us to make 2014 the year that we stand up for education

Visit www.teachers.org.uk/parentswww.teachers.org.uk/parents to register your support and get campaign updates
London - meet 11.30 Duchess Street (near BBC) march to rally at Central Hall Westminster. Brighton - meet 10.30 Hove Town Hall (look for the West Sussex banners) march to Brighthelm Centre for rally at 11.30.


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