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Teacher strike over 'inadequate' school funding

The National Union of Teachers is staging a strike today over what it says is inadequate school funding.

A demonstration in support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), as teachers in England are to stage a one-day strike over pay and conditions. Credit: PA

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney is calling for an increase in funding to meet rising costs for schools.

Education Secretary Nikki Morgan has said the strike will "damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public".

In a letter to Mr Courtney she urged him to reconsider the industrial action:

Removing unnecessary workload for teachers is a priority for this government, and we have made this clear in our discussions.

To suggest we aren’t prioritising school funding is disingenuous...This year the schools budget will total around £40bn, an increase of around £4 billion since 2011-12, so it is now the highest it has ever been.

It is also disappointing that the underpinning basis for this strike seems to be teacher pay.

I believe this action is counterproductive – it will harm children’s education, inconvenience parents and damage the profession’s reputation in the eyes of the public.

– Nikki Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education

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Staff at Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham universities to strike

Newcastle University Credit: PA

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham are going on strike this week as part of national strikes in protest at pay and conditions.

Members at Northumbria and Newcastle will walk out tomorrow (Friday 1 July), while their colleagues in Durham will take action a day later on Saturday (2 July).

The strikes have been planned to coincide with University open days.

Newcastle College becomes first in UK to award own degrees

Newcastle College has become the first further education institution in the country to be given the power to award their own degrees.

NCG - the group which runs Newcastle College & 6th Form - made the announcement on their website.

Gaining Taught Degree Awarding powers is a landmark development for the sector. It’s a real breakthrough nationally and we are extremely proud to be leading the way for the whole of the further education sector.

Degree Awarding powers will enable us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.

– Joe Docherty, NCG Chief Executive

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