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North West rallys against education cuts

Parents, teachers, headteachers, governors and other members of the public will rally in Manchester and Liverpool as part of a national campaign to defend the education of children and young people.

The Rallies for Education are jointly organised by the NASUWT and NUT teachers' trade unions, which together represent nine out of ten classroom teachers across the country.

The rallies come as both unions embark on the next phase of their campaign of industrial action which will include a one-day strike in the North West on June 27.

Further Rallies for Education will be held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Leeds in the coming weeks.

"Parents, teachers and the public care deeply about the education of our children and young people. That is why there is widespread opposition to the education policies of the Coalition Government.

"These Rallies for Education are being held in defence of our world class public education system which the Coalition Government is determined to wreck."

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary

We know that neither teachers nor parents are happy with education policy under Michael Gove. He is hell bent on riding roughshod over the wishes of parents, local communities and the teaching profession.

"Even the Public Accounts Committee has now publicly criticised him.

"Today's rally gives an opportunity for the voices of opposition to be raised. We know there are alternatives. Michael Gove must now stop, listen and reflect."

– Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary

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Teaching unions outline timetable of industrial action

The two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of industrial actions in response to their dispute with the government over pay, pensions and workload.

The actions include:

  • National rallies across England and Wales in April and May
  • National strikes starting in the North West on June 27

If the Education Secretary does not "respond positively to the unions’ demands" there is also a chance of further strike action in the Autumn term, including a one-day nationwide strike.

Primary school teachers strike in Merseyside

Teachers will be striking in Newton-le-willows over working conditions.

Members of the teacher's union NASUWT, will hold the first of three days of action at Newton-le-Willows Primary School in Merseyside.

It's over a new appraisal policy introduced by St Helens Council which subjects teachers to unlimited classroom observations. Up to 14 teachers will walk out today as well as two days next week.

The NASUWT is committed to an appraisal system where those who manage teachers engage in a professional dialogue with them, respect them as professionals, and make decisions about their work openly and fairly.

“Unfortunately, the policy adopted by St Helen’s Council is the fallout from the Government’s 2012 Regulations, which are used as a punitive management tool to pressurise and intimidate teachers.

“Our members at Newton-le-Willows Primary are hard-working and dedicated. They have sought to avoid taking this action, but have been left with no choice.”

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary