NUT Conference DAY 1 report

Southwark NEU - NUT Section

The day started with an excellent speech by new president Max Hyde, who reminded us of the importance of teachers and our fight to stand up for education – full text will follow.

We then had a useful debate on the definition of a teacher, and will up our demands for a qualified teacher in every lesson. In this fight we will need to campaign and fight with support staff and their unions in ways which, whilst pushing our demands for qualified teachers – doesn’t denigrate the work done by support staff. This motion was carried unanimously.

The next debate was on academies and free schools and the victory at STEM6 was discussed. Horror stories in Oldham and Derby gave a taste of what is to come with the growth of Free Schools

The final debate before lunch was on OFSTED and this was unfinished as the morning session ended…

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