Excellence needs proper funding

1st April 2016 at 00:00

In the last five years, teachers have seen their pay cut, pensions plundered and workload increase.

They have faced the turmoil of major curriculum change introduced. They now face yet more change and uncertainty with the introduction of the National Improvement Framework (NIF), which heralds radical changes to the education system.

The NASUWT shares the aspiration of narrowing the attainment gap, but this aim will only be achieved if the profession has the capacity and resources to focus on supporting every child to achieve their potential.

Inevitably, the cracks in the system are starting to emerge. Some areas are struggling to fill vacancies as more teachers seriously consider leaving the profession.

Before the deep cracks become chasms, politicians must act. Teachers will be looking for firm commitments that there will be real change for the better after the election.

As we move towards the Holyrood elections, teachers will be looking to political parties to recognise that the profession is facing an untenable situation and to commit to tangible and effective action to ensure that teachers have the support that they need to continue providing world-class education.

Christine Blower and Jane Peckham

NASUWT teaching union

Short and tweet

Watch out for former pupil @martin_compston starring in the new series of #LineOfDuty tomorrow night.


Congratulations to Glasgow Gaelic School for great attainment figures (and in your face the anti-Gaelic brigade).


The pupil council has implemented new blue bins in the atrium in order to reduce waste!


The stage is set for the Malawi 2016 fundraising fashion show.


@CarmylePS @NBMScotland – P7s from both schools working together to understand sectarianism better.


Halfway through the exams! Well done to everyone that performed today, you all sounded fab :)


Having fun rolling our eggs down the wee hill. #P2/3


It’s not our jobs as teachers to ensure a pass or decent grade. We need to take back our role as facilitators.



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