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Decimation of the education unions: no cause for alarm?

The sector lost over 150,000 members in 2015-16 – but leaders remain unruffled by the sharp fall

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On the face of it, new statistics showing a huge fall in union membership in the UK education sector look worrying for teaching unions.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures published last week, union membership in education dropped from 1,624,000 in 2015 to 1,469,000 in 2016 – representing a whopping 9.54 per cent fall in a year.

The figures cover further and higher education as well schools, and also include support staff. But with teachers comprising the lion’s share of the education workforce, should their unions be alarmed?

Daniel Tomlinson, a ...

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