The new curriculum and aspirations of the Welsh Government to deliver an education system that is a ‘source of pride and public confidence’ will be jeopardised unless continued underfunding, unnecessary cuts to teachers’ jobs and working conditions and the failure of the Consortia to effectively support schools is addressed, representatives from Wales have told the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union in Belfast.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“In anticipation of the changes to the curriculum, too many schools have engaged prematurely in unnecessary staffing restructuring, threatening teachers’ jobs and the loss of payments for subject leaders.
“This is causing turbulence and uncertainty in schools for teachers and pupils.
“The Welsh Government is relying on the capacity, dedication and skill of the teaching profession to make its reforms a success, yet it is doing little to support and invest in those who are at the frontline of change.
“A failure to invest in the workforce is making ministers’ laudable ambitions for the education service in Wales ring increasingly hollow.
“The growing number of teacher redundancies in Wales threatens to destablise the implementation of the new curriculum.
“The Government needs to act now to address this but if it fails to then the NASUWT will.”