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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is supporting a bid by Deputies Andrea Dudley-Owen and Rob Prow to secure a postponement of a debate scheduled for this Wednesday by the States Assembly on the reorganisation of secondary education.
Deputies Dudley-Owen and Prow have lodged a sursis, the procedural tool to propose a postponement of a debate, on the grounds that insufficient information has been provided to enable the States Assembly to make an informed decision on the plans for secondary education.
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:
“When the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture published its Policy Letter on Transforming Education in July, the NASUWT voiced its concerns around the lack of opportunity for the Union to consult with its members. The letter was released with only two weeks of the school term remaining, meaning that the holiday period and planned timing of the debate has impacted severely on the NASUWT’s ability to meaningfully consult with members.
“During the summer the NASUWT has monitored the developing situation, particularly in relation to the various amendments and sursis propositions being put forward.
“Although the NASUWT has long standing concerns around the sheer length of time the process is taking and the uncertainty that accompanies this, the NASUWT believes that, at this stage, it is of critical importance that the right decisions are made and the voice of teachers is heard
“The NASUWT therefore believes a short delay to the debate as proposed by the Deputies would allow for all amendments to be fully explored and for the Union to conduct a full consultation with its members
“We remain concerned about the anxiety and uncertainty faced by teachers, pupils and parents. However, given the importance of this decision it is critical to ensure that Assembly members are able to make an informed decision on these important plans.”


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