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The NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, has called on the Scottish Government to work with the Union to tackle the attacks on the teaching profession which threaten to undermine the drive to secure world-class education for every pupil.
 
Representatives at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference in Manchester have argued that teachers must be given the support, resources and working conditions to continue to achieve their best for the pupils they teach.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The NASUWT shares the ambitions of the Scottish Government to close the attainment gap and for every child and young person to be enabled to reach their full potential.
 
“The Government’s National Improvement Plan recognises the centrality of the school workforce, but teachers continue to suffer years of real-terms pay cuts at a time when workload has spiraled, driven by the bureaucratic demands of the assessment and curriculum regime introduced by ministers.
 
“Raising education standards hinges on bringing downward pressure on teacher workload and tackling excessive bureaucracy so that teachers can focus on teaching.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“Teachers need more than warm words from ministers about their commitment to education and to raising standards, they need to see real change in their working lives which enables them to focus on meeting the needs of their pupils and which reinstates teaching as the profession of choice for graduates and career changers.”

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