Teachers across East Yorkshire prepared to strike

Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by KCFM

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Members of the National Teachers Union in East Yorkshire say they’ll consider strike action if cuts to education aren’t reversed after the election.

The NUT Conference has called for all politicians to improve funding for education.

Schools in the East Riding are the worst funded in the country.

NUT East Riding Branch Secretary Julie Williams says the cuts are making it harder for local schools to improve:

“It is very very difficult to look at a ‘requires improvement school’ that is suffering a cut in it’s funding and understand how more can be delivered for less. How can you improve schools when you’re getting in the cheapest teachers because you’ve got no money?”

She says teachers feel like politicians are ignoring them:

“We’ve been trying to talk to government and we’ve been talking to OFSTED. Nicky Morgan did the workload challenge for example, she knows that teachers are really overworked. But her response to it has been very very muted.”

Julie says the cuts are driving teachers out of the profession:

“There are loads of people leaving teaching. The latest horrific figure that we’ve got is that 40% of teachers who train leave in the first year. That’s a huge number and it’s a waste of money. That money is put into their training, and actually they can’t do the job because there’s too much work, there’s too many hours.”

She says local teachers, who’ve already suffered redundancies, are afraid more are on the way:

“It’s very very difficult. It is getting to a stage now where it’s hard to say where the savings can be made. There have already been compulsory redundancies in the East Riding this year. I can only see that developing further and it will be to the detriment of children.”

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Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by KCFM

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