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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union will hold its Annual Conference in Belfast today.

Motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession and education will be debated. High on the list will be pay, workload, ventilation in schools, the use and abuse of technology, curriculum reform, teaching hours, safety, sustainability and worsening industrial relations between the teaching workforce and the employer.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach and NASUWT Northern Ireland President Shaunagh Lambe will speak to the Conference. Debate on the motions will take place throughout the day.

 Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“Our members have been working tirelessly to help children’s educational recovery as the pandemic continues. Amid the deep uncertainty teachers continue to support children and once again rise to the challenge.

“Day in, day out they are rising to the challenge, putting themselves on the line to secure the future of Northern Ireland’s children.

“Recruiting and retaining skilled and committed teachers, addressing the teacher morale crisis and improving the quality of teachers’ working conditions are essential to delivering the best outcomes for all pupils.”

“It is time for Ministers to demonstrate that they are listening to the concerns of teachers by acting on our members’ concerns and investing in teachers.

Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland said:

“NASUWT members from across Northern Ireland will be sharing their experiences of providing high-quality education under the continued sustained and enormous pressure during the pandemic.

“The profession has risen to the challenge and will face the future knowing they are a vital part of the recovery of society in Northern Ireland.”
 

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