Trade unions

One in five teachers using own money for school supplies – report | Education

One in five teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies, while nearly half say they buy food, clothes and even soap for poor pupils, according to a report charting the effects of austerity on schools. Among the more than 4,300 teachers who responded to the NASUWT education union, 20% said they paid for resources such as paper or books used in their lessons at least once a week, with half of those saying they did so “several times…

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Teaching union warns of ‘super-sized’ classes in English schools | Education

Class sizes in secondary schools in England will hit a 40-year high owing to a sharp increase in pupil numbers being compounded by the growing funding crisis, teachers’ leaders havesaid. Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), predicted that significantly more secondary school pupils would find themselves being taught in “super-sized classes”, which will “enrage” parents. Secondary schools in some areas of England are already starting to experience significant growth in pupil numbers as a…

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Teaching union calls zero-tolerance school policies ‘inhumane’ | Education

A teaching union has described increasingly draconian behaviour policies in schools in England as “inhumane” and “damaging to pupil mental health”. The National Education Union (NEU), which is holding its annual conference in Liverpool this week, said zero-tolerance approaches to discipline were resulting in schoolchildren spending inappropriate and harmful amounts of time in isolation. Anna Wolmuth, a teacher from Islington, north London, told the conference: “While classrooms may be calm, the referral rooms are full of Send [special educational needs…

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Schools using funds for poorer pupils to plug budget gaps – survey | Education

School budget cuts are “endangering” efforts to improve education for poor pupils, according to a survey that found two-thirds of headteachers say they have cut staff to make ends meet. The survey of 1,700 teachers and school leaders in England, published by the Sutton Trust educational charity, found that two out of every three secondary school heads said they had cut teacher numbers to save money, while primary school heads said they had also axed teaching assistant posts. The survey…

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Fifth of teachers plan to leave profession within two years | Education

Around one in five teachers (18%) expect to leave the classroom in less than two years while two-fifths of teachers, school leaders and support staff want to quit in the next five years – blaming “out of control” workload pressures and “excessive” accountability, according to a poll by the country’s biggest teaching union. Despite recent government attempts to address teachers’ concerns, 40% who took part in the survey predict they will no longer be working in education by 2024. Ministers will…

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NUS approves measures to plug £3.6m deficit | Education

Delegates at the annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) have approved a set of changes intended to transform the 100-year-old organisation and save it from financial collapse. After nearly five hours of debate, 700 delegates representing 200 students’ unions voted in favour of the package, despite earlier concerns among some activists that the changes would hamper democracy and campaigning, and reduce the union to little more than a service provider. Speaking at the end of the debate,…

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