The 85th edition for ALL Plymouth Teachers May 2009
SATs—UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR BOYCOTT
The big news from NUTconference this yearwas the unanimousvote for a boycott of KS1 & 2 tests, unlessthey are abolished bythe government beforenext year. There was astanding ovation andplenty of cheering afterthe vote was taken.
During the debate speakerafter speaker pointed to thedamaging effects of thesediscredited tests. SaraTomlinson, a primary schoolteacher from Lambeth NUT,was cheered when she said,
“The government calls usirresponsible for wanting toabolish SATs, but it is thegovernment that isirresponsible for wanting tokeep them.”
We know and agree thatchildren must be assessed,but it must be done in a waywhich informs teaching andlearning.At the NAHT conference headteachers voted to ballot itsmembers to boycott nextyear’s SATs by a majority of 94%. Together our joint actionwill have an effect.
Conference instructed theNational Executive to continuethe pay campaign. Theproblems facing youngteachers on a teacher’s start-ing salary was illustrated byGemma, a dance teacher fromIlfracombe Arts College. Shespoke at the 24th April strikerally last year in Exeter aboutwhy she was leaving teaching.Clearly enthusiasm andcreativity are not enough topay the rent.Conference voted, almostunanimously, for the amendedmotion, which resolved thatshould the government renegeon the three-year pay dealthen the NUT will ballot themembership for strike action.
Unity with other unions is now vital in opposing the government attacks on public and private sector pay and pensions.
We, like all public and privatesector workers, should not bemade to feel guilty for thiscrisis; neither should we payfor it.
hasbeen confirmed as ournew General Secretary.Plymouth NUTnominated Christine forGS and will invite her tovisit Plymouth teachers during theyear—
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