Teachers don’t like the Tories – so why isn’t Labour benefiting?

The Guardian has asked NUT general secretary Christine Blower why Labour doesn’t seem to be benefiting from the apparent dislike teachers have of the Conservatives…

For five years teachers have complained about the damaging and ill-considered changes forced upon them by the Conservatives. So why does it appear – based on grumblings heard in staffrooms and across social media – that Labour has yet to secure the teachers’ vote?

The answer, according to National Union of Teachers general secretary, Christine Blower, is that many of her members remain politely but firmly sceptical of Labour and its shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt.

As the NUT gathers for its annual conference, in Harrogate, Blower warns that her members want to hear more hard-edged policies from Hunt and Labour before 7 May. However, some of what teachers have already heard is not to their liking.

“So far, there’s only one really good Labour policy,” Blower says in an interview with the Guardian, “which is that all teachers should be qualified teachers.”

In particular, Blower says, Labour’s stance on school funding and how it will deal with academies and free schools remains vague, while NUT members want to hear Labour take a tougher line on reforming Ofsted, the schools inspectorate in England that some blame for inculcating a climate of fear…

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  1. It’s politicians that teachers don’t trust, not the Tories.
    Constant meddling by people who do not understand the learning process.  ‘The blind leading the sighted’.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Labour on education too similar to the Tories (I await a barrage of people claiming otherwise); not been convinced otherwise

  3. MarkQui12591531

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Blower is right: Hunt fails to convince us that Labour is different on Education.

  4. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove Because teachers are being told if you don’t vote Toriesvthen the whole country will be turned into an academy.

  5. sophiehazelpop

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Agree with you. The only bit I like from Lab. is the decoupling of the Alevel.

  6. andylutwyche

    sophiehazelpop SchoolsImprove There’s so little difference that education is not a factor really which it could have been

  7. MichaelDearnley

    andymellor64 expectation of education being interfered with by all political parties – too often change for changes sake.

  8. andymellor64

    MichaelDearnley the second most respected profession being dictated to by the second least respected profession! You couldn’t make it up!

  9. andymellor64

    MichaelDearnley but because everyone had been to school everyone thinks they know how all children learn best!

  10. AmeliaEllis23

    SchoolsImprove totally agree with Christine Blower. Teachers need something more substantial from #Labour on this very important subject

  11. LeoToAquarius

    SchoolsImprove Because Labour made Christine Gilbert head Ofsted.She institutionalised progressive teaching into schools & disaster of PFI

  12. Jonesboy110

    SchoolsImprove Hunt has not been brave enough on education; Labour are just hoping Tories are so bad people will vote against them

  13. Frobester64

    Jonesboy110 SchoolsImprove it’s a kind of arrogance to assume that Goveism with a pink tinge is remotely attractive

  14. IWNUT

    SchoolsImprove Ofstednews is the key issue. Root and branch reform needed. Look to Scotland for solutions here #GE2015 #NUT15

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