Commenting on the consultation document released today by the Department for Education, on the performance management and capability procedures for teachers, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
"Not content with subjecting teachers to a significant two year pay cut, assault on their pension provision and savage cuts to education budgets causing job losses, Ministers today have added insult to injury by effectively proposing that teachers will be on a permanent capability procedure.
"Over 9,000 teachers responded to a recent NASUWT survey which asked them about their job satisfaction. 45% of teachers, almost half of the profession, had seriously considered leaving teaching in the last twelve months. 47% said that their job satisfaction had declined over the same period.
"Stripping away safeguards to ensure that teachers are treated fairly and professionally will not deliver high performance. "These proposals will give headteachers a license to bully."
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