NEU survey shows incredible support for School Cuts campaign

The NEU has asked its members how they feel about the School Cuts campaign, with 100% of them believing it should continue

82,487 teachers taking part in the National Education Union’s (NEU) consultation of members have given a glowing endorsement of the School Cuts campaign.

The findings show that:

  • 100% of NEU respondents wanting the schools cut campaign to continue.
  • 84% of sixth form college members and 82% of state schools members said they would be prepared to take strike action to secure better funding for schools and the full implementation of the teachers’ pay award.
  • 99% of NEU members in state schools and sixth form colleges believed government funding cuts are having a negative impact in their schools.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said of the results:

“The government’s policy on school funding and teacher pay is having a dreadful impact on the profession and the children they teach. They are presiding over a reduction in the number of teachers, alongside a growth in the number of students.

“Their policies are creating a crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. The NEU Executive will be meeting to discuss these findings and will be considering the next steps in the campaign.”

Schools

Question

Question text

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

Question text

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

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