The TES is reporting that education secretary Nicky Morgan is seeking a fresh start with teaching unions through an invitation to new in-depth talks on pay, workload and other areas of concern.
She is due to meet with leaders of classroom teaching and heads unions on Wednesday to discuss their concerns. It is understood they also include the importance of qualified teacher status, which the unions believe ministers have undermined.
In a letter to members of the Teacher and Headteacher Union Roundtable – which holds regular meetings between unions and the Department for Education (DfE) – Ms Morgan has said she wants to:
*Continue to listen carefully to the arguments that unions are making
*Move forward in a constructive way and continue discussions on the issues the unions have raised with her
*Have a conversation about a new series of talks to allow greater depth on certain topics (i.e. pay, conditions, workload and qualifications)
Leora Cruddas, policy director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “ASCL feel very positive that she appears to be in listening mode. This is Nicky Morgan saying ‘I have heard your concerns that you want better engagement at ministerial level’.”
What do you think? Do you think this ‘change of approach’ will result in any compromise between the unions and the DfE? Or is it too late? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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