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Government austerity policies in education have left the teaching profession in crisis and a future government must reverse chronic underfunding in education and invest in teachers by giving them “world-class” pay and working conditions, members of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union will hear today.

In her presidential speech to the NASUWT Annual Conference 2024, held this year in Harrogate, Rashida Din will attack real terms cuts to budgets, cuts to SEN funding, soaring waiting lists for child mental health services and teacher shortages.

Rashida will address members as President of NASUWT telling them: “It is an honour to address you as the first Muslim President of NASUWT. We are the union of equality, diversity and breaking down barriers, and that is why I stand before you today.”

She will attack the deep cuts to the education service in the last 14 years, telling Conference:

“Our profession is in crisis due to year-on-year, real-terms cuts to school and college budgets across all of our nations, waiting lists for children’s mental health support rising to record levels, cuts to support for pupils with special educational needs, school buildings at serious risk of collapse, hundreds of thousands of children missing from education and teacher shortages everywhere.

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