Teacher members of the National Education Union (NEU) in England and Wales, and support staff members in Wales, have voted to go on strike. They join nurses, ambulance workers and other working people who are taking a stand over pay and services.
NEU members do not want to go on strike – they want to be in the classroom, teaching and supporting our amazing children and young people.
But there is a crisis of recruitment and retention within the school system. A decade of falling pay is a key reason for this and needs to be addressed by the Government. One in four teachers leave the profession within two years of qualifying; a third within five years. 13% of teachers who qualified in 2019 have quit.
We urge Gillian Keegan, the Secretary State for Education, to make an offer to resolve this urgent issue.
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