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Not a great day for the teacher unions - 30 January 2013
With teaching union leaders from across the world gathered in London for the Education International conference, the NUT and NASUWT received some unwelcome publicity this morning.
According to a survey by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), 60 per cent of teachers say the unions' continuing work-to-rule industrial action is having no impact because staff at their school are simply not taking part.
The publication of these findings comes against a backdrop of uncertainty over whether the two unions are going to carry out strike action this Spring. Certainly the NUT has voted not to walk out in early March, while it is wholy unclear whether the NASUWT is in favour of any strike action at all.
As part of the work-to-rule campaign, teachers in the unions have been given a list of 25 instructions, which cover areas such as appraisals, lesson observations and meetings. They have been instructed to not submit lesson plans to senior management, to not send emails outside their directed working hours and to not cover for absent staff. The unions insist the "pupil-, parent- and public-friendly" action is easing the bureaucratic burden on teachers while not affecting lessons at all.
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