Teachers in sixth form colleges are preparing to be balloted over pay and cuts in government funding. The NUT union should begin the ballot in the new year.
The government cut funding to sixth form colleges at the end of 2010 and this has had a dramatic impact. The cuts have removed funding for any activity that isn’t exam based.
For some colleges, the cuts amount to more than 20 percent over four years.
Lots of places have had courses or contact time with students cut. Class sizes are up and many colleges are facing redundancies. There are even instances of head teachers telling staff to take extra days’ holiday unpaid.
College workers will get two questions on their ballot papers. One will relate to funding and the other to pay. These fights are inseparable and we will be campaigning for a yes vote on both.