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NASUWT Scotland, The Teachers’ Union, will hold its Annual Conference on Friday 12 May and Saturday 13 May.

Teachers will debate motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession, children and young people and the education service, including the reforms to qualifications, support for pupils with additional needs, investment in education and teachers’ pay and conditions.
 
On Saturday, the Conference, held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, will be addressed by NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates.
 
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Teachers and school leaders strive to do the best they can for the children and young people they teach. 
 
“To do their job effectively they need to be recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and they need working conditions which enable them to focus on teaching and learning.
 
“The motions to be debated reflect the increasing barriers teachers feel they have to surmount to continue to provide high quality education.
 
“Insufficient resources to enable them to support pupils with additional needs, year-on-year cuts to their pay adversely affecting recruitment and retention, increasing workload burdens and managing constant change are all taking their toll on the teaching profession.
 
“Teachers do great work against the odds, but Government and employers must recognise that the impact of the year-on-year deterioration in pay and working conditions is blighting teachers’ professional lives and putting at risk the provision of high quality education for all children.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said: 
 
“It is no surprise that high on the conference agenda are the continuing concerns about excessive workload, particularly the burdens generated by the new qualifications system.
 
“Teachers are deeply concerned about whether the new national and higher qualifications are fit for purpose and about the impact on teaching and learning of the excessive bureaucracy generated by the demands of the assessment system.
 
“Teachers will be demanding action from the Scottish Government and the SQA to ensure that pupils are not unfairly disadvantaged and teachers are given the time and space to focus on preparing and supporting their students for these important exams.” 

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