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NASUWT Cymru will hold its Annual Conference this weekend (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June) at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

This will be the first Cymru Conference held under a new constitution which enhances the role and status of NASUWT Cymru within NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.

The Conference will bring together teachers from across Wales to discuss and debate issues of importance to the teaching profession in Wales, including a range of hot topics including the devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions, misuse of social media, the school funding gap, workload, and school reorganisation and the threat of redundancy.

On Saturday, the Conference will be addressed by NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates, and Steve Vincent, Deputy Director for School Management and Effectiveness.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Teachers are meeting at a time of unprecedented challenge for the education service, including continuing under-investment, which is particularly acute in Wales, and their pay and conditions, which will be devolved to Wales at the end of September.

“The motions for debate and the hot topics for discussion reflect these challenges.

“Teachers’ willingness to always strive to do the best for the children and young people they teach is too often taken for granted by politicians and employers who fail to recognise the centrality of the workforce to the provision of high-quality education for all children and young people.

“In order to ensure teachers can meet the challenges which lie ahead, NASUWT members will be setting out the concerns of the profession during the conference and signposting a way forward which will support teachers to do their best for the children and young people in their charge.”

Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:

“The mood-music from the Welsh Government in terms of a move away from the high-stakes accountability culture, which has blighted the lives of so many teachers, to facilitate the aims and aspirations of the new Curriculum, is encouraging.

“However the ‘proof of the pudding’ will, as ever, be in adequacy of school funding and the willingness of school management to adopt the cultural change necessary to allow teachers to ‘get on with the job’ without constant scrutiny and criticism.

“Our members will be considering how best they can ensure that some of the positive developments that have come from the Welsh Government are translated into reality at local government and school level.

“However, the importance of standing firm and taking action where necessary over compulsory redundancy and job loss will be high on the agenda, and the Welsh Government must face up to its responsibilities over school funding and the introduction of legislation to facilitate the redeployment of teachers rather than redundancy.”

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