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Teachers are too often being “pushed to the limit”, being assaulted in class and facing the wrath of parents and pupils through trial by social media, members of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union heard.

NASUWT Northern Ireland President David Baxter, a music teacher at Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen, told the union’s annual conference near Belfast that police and government officials must do more and work together to protect those working in education.

NI President's Speech 2019

In his keynote speech he told members that the education service is in a “perilious state” due to lack of funding and made an impassioned plea to MLAs to come together, saying the lack of a working Assembly was “undoubtedly stifling our children’s education”.

Too often teachers and the education system were being blamed for wider problems in society he added, saying: “We are not a panacea for society’s problems.”

Mr Baxter’s speech came as members passed a range of motions including on pay, sexual harassment, upskirting, violence against teachers, school funding and a call for changes to equalities law in Northern Ireland to ensure no teacher can be discriminated when applying for jobs regardless of their religion.

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