10 questions with… Phil Kemp
The president of the NASUWT recalls his own school days, his reasons for working in education and airs his views on MAT leaders’ salaries
A teacher for 35 years, Phil Kemp became president of the NASUWT teaching union last weekend. But his proudest achievement, he says, is running an alternative provision unit over the past 10 years, where he has helped more than 1,000 key stage 4 pupils at risk of exclusion to gain “far more than what they would have done” in mainstream schools, including some “fantastic GCSE results”.
The father of two started his year in office with a speech calling for a return to a mandatory pay scale for teachers and branding the huge salaries of MAT leaders as “verging on criminality”.