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Cumbrian teachers to attend Union meeting

Teachers from across Cumbria are set to gather in Birmingham at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT over the Easter weekend.

They will join other teacher from across the UK to debate issues such as inspections, unqualified teachers, the impact of financial hardship on children and young people and the abuse of social media.

Pensions, pay and the health and wellbeing of teachers will also be high on the agenda.

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, have been making headlines recently across he country due to industrial action linked with pay, workload and pensions.

Numerous schools in Cumbria were closed last month as a result of such action.

“With four years of relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession behind us and a General Election in sight, this Conference will be the opportunity to send a strong message to parents, the public and politicians about the impact of four years of the Coalition Government’s education policies.

“And it is a sorry record. Resignations from the profession are at an all-time high and teacher morale is at an all-time low.

“We are witnessing record levels of youth unemployment, child poverty and homelessness."

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

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Teacher's union to discuss strike plans

The National Executive of the NASUWT will meet on Friday 14 February to consider plans for the next phase of industrial action in England and Wales.

The NASUWT, the largest teacher's union in the UK, has been involved in industrial action since November 2011.

Today they have written to the Secretary of State for Education to reiterate its request for meetings to resolve the trade dispute over issues like pay, workload and pensions.