The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union will hold its Annual Conference on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
Motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession and the education service will be debated. High on the agenda will be violence against school staff, school budgets, workload, teacher pay and the bullying and demoralisation of teachers.
On Friday evening there will be a panel debate posing the question of whether education helps or hinders the fight against inequality. Speakers are Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma, Chris Donnelly, Vice-Principal, Holy Cross Boys’ School, Councilor John Kyle of the Progressive Unionist Party and Peter Weir, MLA for the Democratic Unionist Party.
On Saturday there will be keynote speeches by NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates and NASUWT Northern Ireland President Delma Boggs. Debate on the motions will take place throughout Saturday. NASUWT National President and Belfast teacher Fred Brown will also attend the Conference.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:
“Teachers are meeting against a backdrop of savage budget cuts and deep political uncertainty.
“This lack of clarity over funding combined with the fact there is no functioning Executive is taking a major toll on public services, including on the education workforce.
"Teachers at the conference will be united in their determination to continue to defend high-quality education for all children and young people.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland said:
“NASUWT members from across Northern Ireland gather knowing their continuing stand through industrial action is fighting against some of the worst impacts of the education cuts on children and young people.”