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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union held its Northern Ireland Annual Conference on Saturday 20 March online this year.

Motions on a wide range of issues affecting the teaching profession and education were debated. High on the list was workload, pay in further education, harassment, education reform and concerns over the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach and NASUWT Northern Ireland President Angela Wallace spoke to the Conference.

The Conference was held against the backdrop of widespread Covid-19 infection rates in Northern Ireland, which has seen teachers under incredible amounts of pressure, particularly as a result of the Executive’s chronic mismanagement of the pandemic.

 Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“Teachers from across Northern Ireland are meeting amid deep uncertainty during this pandemic, uncertainty over their health and wellbeing and uncertainty over the task ahead as they support children’s educational recovery.

“NASUWT members have risen to the challenge and faced it head on and once again teachers, lecturers, principals, substitute teachers, together with their colleagues will be leading our recovery out of this pandemic.

“It is our members who are stepping up to start the educational recovery, yet again putting themselves back on the line to secure the future of children in Northern Ireland.”

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 sustained and enormous pressure during the pandemic.

“This will be a time to reflect on the challenges we have faced but also to celebrate what the union has done on behalf of its members over the past year. The NASUWT has delivered two pay increases for teachers in schools in the past twelve months in very difficult circumstances while real measures to protect teachers have been put in place.

“The NASUWT will be highlighting the intolerable situation facing our members in Further Education, not only has FE pay fallen significantly behind that of school colleagues but lecturers have been asked to accept detrimental changes to their terms and conditions in exchange for a pitiful pay increase.

 “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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