Teachers lobby Parliament over education reform


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TEACHERS from a North Somerset school took to the Houses of Parliament to lobby members on the current education system.

Yesterday (Tues), members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) met with MP Liam Fox at the House of Commons in London.

Megan Hitchings and Brian Powell from Nailsea School told Mr Fox of their concerns over education policy, including curriculum changes and exam reform.

They joined other NUT teachers from all over the country with the same concerns.

Jon Reddiford, North Somerset NUT secretary and teacher at Nailsea School, said: “Children, parents and teachers need an education system that is fair, transparent and most of all engaging, none of which is being provided at present by the coalition Government.

“Teacher morale is at an all-time low with many working in excess of 60 hours a week for uncertain pay and worsening pensions and working conditions.

“It is hardly surprising that two in five leave the profession within the first five years, while many other good, experienced teachers are also deciding to go.

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“This is unsustainable.

“In the run up to an election Liam Fox needs to be aware of our concerns and let us know what he plans to do about them.”