This motion, which can be taken to as many forums as possible, is important as the Education Secretary Michael Gove seems hell bent on his “back to future” style of a 1950’s golden age of schooling that never existed. And the deafening silence from Labour Tristram Hunt means that upward pressure must be brought to bear to ensure that the Labour Party takes the devastation being wrought on education seriously, and presents a proper socialist alternative.
For the record Mr. Hunt, a member of the Progress (sic) faction crossed a Union picket line in February at Queen Mary University in London to deliver… wait for it!!! a lecture on Karl Marx! Brilliant. Who needs satire when this happens.
Here’s the motion.
Motion: Stand up for Education
XXXX (insert forum title) notes that, since coming to power in 2010, the current Education Secretary has:
- removed the requirement for all teachers to have qualified teacher status in free schools and academies;
- introduced performance related pay into all schools and academies;
- rewritten large parts of the primary and secondary curriculum;
- insulted teaching professionals on a number of occasions, referring to them as ‘the blob’ and ‘enemies of promise’.
XXXXX believes that:
- every child deserves a qualified teacher;
- the new performance related pay (PRP) structures in schools have massively increased bureaucracy, requiring teachers to divert yet more time away from planning and marking to accountability tasks
- education is a collaborative process, in which it is not possible to judge the quality of a teacher by the grades of their students
- PRP inherently discourages teachers from working in disadvantaged schools and therefore will penalise disadvantaged children;
- the changes to the national curriculum have been primarily driven by ideology and have resulted in a more prescriptive and fact based programme.
XXXX therefore recognises why the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions are in dispute with Michael Gove, not just for teachers’ pay and pensions, but for the future of education.
XXXX also recognises that Michael Gove has refused to attend any talks with the teaching unions this year, sending civil servants in his place.
XXXX therefore supports the upcoming strike action in June proposed by the NUT in defence of education.
Motion courtesy of Emma Hardy Mattinson, Hessle BLP Secretary and NUT activist.