Having experienced my first National Conference at Birmingham this Easter I came away with mixed emotions. An overwhelming feeling of comradeship was paramount, empathy and admiration for colleagues going through distressing situations and furthermore anger that we should be in this position of industrial dispute.
I found it illuminating as well important to hear the reasons behind the motions and further supporting examples from those speaking in favour of the motions. In addition there were many fascinating and informative seminars to attend. Attending conference is an opportunity to appreciate and understand how our National Executive works to support practicing teachers.
NASUWT is a ‘union’, which means we must be ‘united’ standing in solidarity against the erosion our profession and our rights as highly qualified graduates.
What was clear from all the motions is that damaging attacks on teachers is causing low morale. Moreover, attacks and denigration drives away long-serving teachers, young teachers and prospective teachers from the profession.
The strong message of the conference was that we should fight with tenacity until education and our professionalism are valued.
I was extremely impressed by the professional organisation of the event and remain proud to be a member of the NASUWT.
Castlecroft Primary School