Responding to the departure of Michael Gove MP and the appointment of Nicky Morgan MP as Secretary of State for Education, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“The NASUWT has always sought to engage constructively with the Secretary of State for Education and will continue to do so.
“It is important the incoming Secretary of State understands the critical challenges facing the teaching profession which are central to our trade dispute. Ms Morgan inherits a teaching profession on the brink of a recruitment and retention crisis after an unrelenting assault on teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions and their professionalism. Teachers are buckling under the pressure of increased workload and the threat of job loss, and morale is at an all-time low.
“We look forward to meeting with Ms Morgan at the earliest opportunity in order to discuss the concerns of teachers.
“Whilst some may celebrate the departure of Michael Gove from the office of Secretary of State, the issue for the education service, for teachers, pupils and the general public is not a change of Secretary of State, but a change of policy.”
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