Teacher union in Ofsted vote call

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Members of the largest teaching union will be asked to declare 'Ofsted is not fit for purpose' as its annual conference heads to the West Midlands.

Teachers from across the UK will be gathering in Birmingham at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union in the UK, over the Easter weekend to debate motions for which members from across the UK have voted.

Issues such as the frequency of inspections, unqualified teachers, the impact of financial hardship on children and young people and the abuse of social media are all on the agenda.

Members will be asked to debate a series of motions including one – that the union asserts that Ofsted is 'not fit for purpose'.

The motion also claims the education watchdog is being used as a vehicle to further the Government's plans for more academies partnered with private firms – as it declares more schools to be underperforming.

The union will also ask its members to debate motions on what it calls the 'excessive monitoring of teachers', which is 'stifling creativity in education'.

Those attending will also be asked to oppose pension reforms and to 'condemn the Coalition Government's attack on the teachers' national pay and conditions framework'.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the high-profile location of the event, at the Birmingham ICC, would bring the union's arguments to the forefront.

She said: "With four years of relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession behind us, and a General Election in sight, this conference will be the opportunity to send a strong message to parents, the public and politicians about the impact of four years of the Coalition Government's education policies.

"Resignations from the profession are at an all-time high and teacher morale is at an all-time low. We are witnessing record levels of youth unemployment, child poverty and homelessness."

Over the weekend, the NASUWT will be issuing reports on the cost of education and financial hardship.

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