The NUT union held a very political young teachers’ conference last weekend. Around 130 teachers came – up from 80 last year. Many of the young and newly qualified teachers at the conference got involved in the union after the strike on 24 April.
Workload was a big issue at the conference as it’s a huge problem for young teachers. Many spoke of the stress they felt because of the constant targets, testing and large class sizes. Bill Greenshields, the president of the NUT, gave an electrifying speech where he talked about the problems of workload, SATs tests, privatisation, academies and pay.
Where to go next in the pay campaign was also a key question. Delegates agreed that action over pay must continue, although some were frustrated that they may have to wait until November until the next strike day.
On pay, Greenshields said that, “We will campaign against the pay freeze. We will fight against the pay freeze. And we will beat the pay freeze.”