“I don’t have vision, just beliefs,” education secretary Michael Gove told a recent headteachers’ conference.
Teachers agree. Gove is blind to the real needs of students and believes in breaking up comprehensive education.
From pension changes, the pay freeze and funding cuts, to the breakup of local authorities via academies, public service values and practices are under attack.
But the core debates in Torquay will not discuss how bad things are, but how we respond. The NUT has found itself at the forefront of class struggle in Britain.
We called a pensions strike with others on 30 June which in turn brought much wider support for the 30 November strike.
An emergency motion on pensions will focus arguments that I will support about escalating national strikes.
Conference will also plan action about Gove’s intention to scrap national pay and conditions by September 2013.
Boycotting Ofsted inspections, already under way in some Irish schools, will be considered.
There will also be calls to establish a new National Campaign for Education, and affiliate to the Middle East and North Africa Solidarity Network.
NUT executive elections
Elections to the NUT union’s national executive committee closed last week.
Several candidates backed by Socialist Worker were elected.
Congratulations to Marilyn Bater, Roy Bowser, Dominic Byrne, Nick Grant, Dave Harvey, Mandy Hudson, Betty Joseph, Julie Lyon-Taylor, Annette Pryce and Nick Wigmore.