Teachers are due to start â€œindustrial action short of a strikeâ€ on 26th September in support of their dispute with the Government over pay, jobs, pensions and workloads. Apparently the unions donâ€™t want to affect pupils and the idea is that the action is â€œpupil, parent and public-friendlyâ€.
I spent five minutes this morning reading this document produced jointly by the NUT and NASUWT. It gives 18 pages of detailed instructions of what teachers should (not) do (I thought teachers resented reading lots of long guidance documents). The document gives you an insight into to quite how militant and out of touch the teaching unions are.
Some of the instructions given to teachers by their unions as a part of this â€œindustrial action short of a strikeâ€ are:
- Members should not attend any meetings outside school session times which are not within directed time and where there is no published directed time calendar for the academic year which has been agreed with the NUT
- Members should produce only one written report annually to parents.
- Members should not carry out classroom observation in any school which refuses to accept that there will be a limit of a total of three observations for all purposes within a total time of up to three hours per year.
- Members should send and respond to work-related emails only during directed time.
- Members should refuse to cover for absence.
- Members should refuse to undertake supervision of pupils during the lunch break.
- Members should not organise or co-operate with any arrangements for observation which involve pupils commenting on the work of teachers or being involved in decision making about teachersâ€™ roles, responsibilities, pay and promotion.
- Members should refuse to invigilate any public examination, including GCSEs and SATs.
- Members should refuse to undertake administrative and clerical tasks â€¦ such as collecting money from pupils and parents, investigating a pupilâ€™s absence, bulk photocopying and preparing, setting up and taking down classroom displays.
Can you imagine any area of private commerce where this kind of behaviour would be tolerated from adult employees let alone so-called professionals?
Teachers really let themselves down with this nonsense. 73% of NUT members didnâ€™t even vote on this industrial action. The militants have taken over and they make teachers look foolish, difficult and childish frankly.