Teachers call for Ofsted boycott

Teachers at the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Liverpool have called for a boycott of school inspections as they warned they had no confidence in Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Teachers call for Ofsted boycott

Teachers at the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Liverpool have called for a boycott of school inspections as they warned they had no confidence in Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Liam Conway, an NUT member from central Nottinghamshire said:

Good teachers are literally dropping like flies because of Ofsted. We owe it to all of our teachers who are literally being torn to bits by Education Secretary Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw and their band of crocodiles and lions.

The union must do more to work out a way to boycott Ofsted. It is time to stop hiding behind legal impediments.

Michael Gove faces NUT vote of no confidence

Michael Gove
The ATL union has recently passed a vote of no confidence in Gove. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is expected to debate no confidence votes on Education Secretary Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted.

The NUT and the NASUWT are holding their annual conferences this weekend.

The NUT has said that parents do not support the government’s education reforms, while NASUWT has attacked the school inspection system.

The Department for Education has issued a strong response, saying there is “high level of parental support for our reforms”.

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Govt: Parents want heads running schools, not councils

The Department for Education has hit back at claims that parents do not support the government’s school reforms.

Only 8% of parents think that the coalition has had a positive impact on the education system since it took power, according to a new poll.

This survey in fact demonstrates the high level of parental support for our reforms.

Almost two-thirds of parents want heads and teachers running their schools, rather than councils - that is why we have given schools more freedom than ever before to do just that through our academies programme.

Our new national curriculum will be significantly slimmer than the current one, and does not tell teachers how to teach its content - this poll finds that 98% of parents support us in that.

Additionally, the vast majority of our new free schools are so popular with parents that they are over-subscribed.

– Department for Education spokesman

NUT: Gove does not have the confidence of parents

Christine Blower's NUT is proposing to stage a series of regional walkouts. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NUT general secretary Christine Blower has seized on the findings of a new poll to suggest that all Michael Gove's proposals to reform education are being questioned.

She said: "The fact that only 8% of parents think that the government has had a positive impact on the education system is very significant.

"It appears that it is now only the Secretary of State who believes that his policies are taking education in the right direction.

"Michael Gove's proposals for examination reform, the national curriculum and academies and free schools are all being questioned."

Only 1 in 12 support government education plans

Only 8% of parents think that the coalition has had a positive impact on the education system since it took power, according to a new poll.

The YouGov survey of around 2,000 adults, commissioned by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), also suggests that just 2% of people believe politicians should be able to prescribe what teachers teach.

The survey comes as the NUT meets for its annual conference in Liverpool.

Teaching union: School reforms ‘distracting’

The president of the NASUWT teaching union is set to attack the government's education reforms, claiming they are distracting from the task of teaching children.

Mick Lyons will tell NASUWT's annual conference in Bournemouth hat education is being used as a "political football".

In a speech, he will say: "Daily denigration of the work and commitment of teachers, false claims of plummeting educational standards, and attacks on jobs, salaries, conditions of service and pensions are leaving colleagues heartily sickened and demoralised."

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Teacher unions meet amidst anger at Michael Gove

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Michael Gove is on the warpath with unions. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), the biggest teaching unions, are gathering for their annual meetings where they are expected to speak out about pay and Ofsted inspections.

Education Secretary Michael Gove could face another vote of no confidence following a similar move by the the Association of Teachers.

But, according to the Telegraph, Gove is refusing to bow to pressure over the demands of unions, saying “the direction of travel is now fixed” over teachers’ pension and pay arrangements.

The NUT and the Nasuwt have already announced joint strike plans.

Record amounts of compensation for teachers

Last year teachers won record amounts of compensation after suffering accidents, injuries or assaults at school, new figures have shown.

Tens of millions of pounds worth of settlements were paid to teachers who slipped or tripped at school.

Record amounts of compensation for teachers suffering accidents at schools Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

One secondary school teacher won £240,000 after working in a poorly ventilated workshop for a decade, while another was awarded more than £382,000 after his arm was slammed in a filing cabinet.

The NASUWT teaching union said it secured a record £15.6 million for its members last year, almost 24% more than in 2011.