Mr Gove’s letter shows how little he listens to the concerns of teachers and how little progress has been made in the talks process. His letter confirms why we are right to strike.
- Continue to publish the pay spine points as a shadow list that schools could use if they wanted. He has said he won’t.
- Say that pay portability is normal so that Governors wouldn’t need evidence to justify it. He has refused.
- Say that governors should set a budget so that no eligible teacher would be refused pay progression on budgetary grounds. Again he has refused.
- Advise Governors that all teachers should get the STRB’s 1% pay rise from this September. Again a refusal.
The NUT will of course participate in the ongoing discussions on the “impact of schools’ response to the accountability system on teacher workload”. But this joint study will not ease pressures unless Mr Gove accepts that the pressures are not created “in school” – but by the systems outside schools that he promotes.
Further we are very disappointed that Mr Gove has refused the joint unions requests for some immediate action on teacher workload. He has refused
- A letter to heads advising them they should not ask for planning to be handed in, unless there was a specific concern about the teacher, given the extra bureaucracy and unnecessary workload that is causing in many schools
- Immediate advice to schools that they should not be asking for the generality of teachers for evidence that they meet the “teacher standards” given the evidence that heads already have from the appraisal process, observations and student results.
- Mr Gove even refused the joint union request for an extra INSET day or even a ring fenced CPD budget to allow schools and teachers to prepare for the new curriculum and the removal of levels from this September, despite the recent evidence of long teachers working hours from the DFE’s own survey.