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Commenting on the publication of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture’s Policy Letter on Transforming Education, Chris Keates (Ms), General Secretary (Acting) of NASUWT – The Teacher’s Union said:

“The Policy Letter contains many proposals that the NASUWT is supportive of.

“The firm undertaking that the transformation process will not result in compulsory redundancies is particularly welcome, as are assurances that consultation on the proposals will continue after the debate and feedback.

“The use of opportunities to foster multi-agency working and put services within schools is also something we support.

“There are proposals that impact on terms and conditions for teachers, and the NASUWT welcomes the explicit statement that these will require negotiation, and thus the agreement, of the NASUWT for them to be put in place. The NASUWT looks forward to engaging with the Committee over these proposals.

“The NASUWT is disappointed around the lack of details in key areas, particularly around the staffing models and structures for the two colleges, and safeguarding arrangements for other teachers who may be displaced from management positions.

“The Union is also disappointed, that the delays to the publication of the Policy Letter means it has been released with only two weeks of the school term remaining. With the debate currently scheduled for early September, the school holidays impact severely on the NASUWT’s ability to meaningfully consult with members.

“The NASUWT is aware that members already have concerns over some of the proposals, particularly around the school estate and curriculum, and the lack of opportunity for engagement with members over the policy letter is likely to intensify these concerns.”

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