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The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Northern Ireland, will hold its Annual Conference on Friday 10th March and Saturday 11th March at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

On Saturday there will be a keynote speech by NASUWT Northern Ireland President Susan Parlour.

Motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession and the education service will be debated at the Conference. High on the agenda will be workload, teacher mental health and stress, pay and conditions and education funding, particularly in the level of resources for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

NASUWT Senior Vice President Fred Brown and NASUWT Assistant General Secretary Jim Quigley will also attend the Conference.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

"Teachers are meeting at a time of unprecedented challenge for the education service, facing year-on-year cuts to their pay as their workload increases.

"The savage cuts imposed on public services in Northern Ireland are taking an enormous toll, particularly on the education workforce.

"Teachers at the conference will be united in sending a strong message that they will continue to defend high-quality education for all children and young people."

Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland said:

"NASUWT members are gathering from across Northern Ireland knowing it is their continuing stand which is defending the pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs of teachers in the face of constant assault by employers."

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