Results of Indicative Ballot from NEU

 

The ballot, which through our joint action with ASCL and NAHT was part of the biggest ever simultaneous survey of the teaching profession, closed on Friday.

The results show unanimous support for the campaigning work that the National Education Union has pioneered on school and college funding cuts: 100% of members want this to continue.

It is clear from members’ responses that the Government-waged cuts are crippling schools and colleges, making it harder for leaders and teachers to do a good job for our students and pupils.

It is also apparent that lack of money is pushing up class sizes, workload and stress, driving good teachers from the profession.

The situation is so serious that the vast majority of members told us they were prepared to take strike action over funding cuts.

The full results of the indicative ballot will be reported to the National Executive which will make decisions on how to take the campaign forward.

There is a growing chorus of voices protesting about the impact of funding cuts and pinning the blame, rightly, on this Government. From the families of SEND children bringing legal action against Damian Hinds, the parent groups organising a series of demos around the country in May, to the Gateshead head teachers launching a petition to try to force MPs to debate funding cuts, the issue is high on the public agenda.

Let’s keep it there.

This year will see the Government set out funding plans for the next three years in the Comprehensive Spending Review. So it’s vital we continue to apply pressure to ensure our schools and colleges are funded properly. And in the coming months local elections will take place across England, handing us an opportunity to exert further political leverage.

So as immediate next steps, we’re asking you to please:

  • Encourage members in your area to sign the Gateshead heads’ petition and get it to the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Parliamentary debate.
  • Build links with parent groups campaigning on funding in your local area.
  • Start to plan how you can engage your members and reps in actions during the run-up to the 2 May local elections to make funding a key political issue.
  • Keep visiting https://neu.org.uk/pay for the latest on the campaign.

Thank you again. Together, we will shape the future of education.

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Schools
Question Yes %
1 Do you believe the Government funding cuts are having a negative impact in your school? 99
2 Do you believe the Government should fully fund and implement its own review body’s pay recommendations? 97
3 Do you believe the NEU should continue to campaign on school funding, including through the School Cuts website and developing alliances with parents? 100
4 Would you be prepared to take part in strike action to secure better funding for schools and the full implementation of the teachers’ pay award? 82
Sixth form colleges
Question Yes %
1 Do you believe the Government funding cuts are having a negative impact in your college? 99
2 Do you believe the Government should extend grant funding for teachers’ pay award to all schools and sixth form colleges to fully fund its own pay review body’s pay recommendations and support a pay agreement for sixth form colleges? 100
3 Do you believe the NEU should continue to campaign on education funding, including developing alliances with parents and other stakeholders? 100
4 Would you be prepared to take part in strike action to secure better funding for colleges and fair pay for teachers? 84

Editor’s Notes

We consulted 257,849 members in England state schools, and 4,550 members in sixth forms. The turnout was 31.4% in total.

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