Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Call to Action over Pay and Workload

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Call to Action over Pay and Workload

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Workload, testing, pay, funding and performance management are among the issues likely to trigger votes for industrial action as England's two biggest teaching unions hold their annual conferences this weekend.

NASUWT members, meeting in Birmingham, are "deeply concerned" about the continued use of pupil data to "set crude performance management targets" for teachers.

A survey by the union, shared exclusively with TES today, reveals that more than a third (37 per cent) of teachers had data-related targets for pupil premium pupils as performance management objectives. Yet more than half (56 per cent) of those who had been given specific targets were not given strategic support for these pupils. And 53 per cent had no knowledge of how pupil-premium money - aimed at improving the education of disadvantaged pupils - had been spent.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: "Many of the teachers who are working daily with the pupils eligible for the [pupil premium] funding cannot see any evidence of extra resource in the classroom."

The survey also reveals that 59 per cent of teachers believe that pupil premium strategies create extra workload - another major issue at both conferences this Easter. …

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