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NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, will hold its Annual Conference on Friday 11 May and Saturday 12 May in Glasgow.

Teachers will debate motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession, children and young people and the education service, including support for pupils with additional needs, school security, pupil behaviour, investment in education and teachers’ pay and conditions.
 
On Friday, the Conference, held at the Marriott Hotel, will be addressed by NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates.
 
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“The motions to be debated reflect the increasing barriers teachers feel they have to surmount to continue to provide high quality education.
 
“Insufficient resources to enable them to support pupils with additional needs, cuts to their salary levels, a lack of support to address poor pupil behaviour and the constant pressure of workload and accountability are all making the job uncompetitive and unsustainable.
 
“Arguably there has never been a more challenging time to be a teacher.
 
“Teaching should be one of the best and most rewarding career options, but increasingly dedicated teachers are leaving the profession and graduates are choosing other careers.
 
“Teachers will be debating their concerns during the Conference and will be renewing their commitment to restoring teaching as the number one profession of choice in which teachers have the pay that recognises and rewards them as highly skilled professionals and the working conditions which enable them to focus on providing the best teaching and learning to our children and young people.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said: 
 
“The issues of pay and funding are high on the agenda this year, reflecting the serious concerns of teachers about the level of investment in schools and teachers to enable them to meet the increasing challenges schools are facing. 
 
“It is clear that teachers feel they are expected to do more for less and that their goodwill and concern for the pupils is being exploited.
 
“If this is not addressed the growing retention and recruitment issues in the profession will continue to deepen and teacher supply will be in crisis.”

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