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TWO TEACHING UNIONS PLAN INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER STANDARDS

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Two teaching unions have threatened industrial action in response to the government's various education initiatives...
Two teaching unions have threatened industrial action in response to the government's various education initiatives to raise standards in schools, reports The Mirror (p2).

Both the National Association of Scoolmasters Union of Women Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers say they are planning action because all the government's initiatives involve increasing the workload of their members.

NASUWT general secretary Nigel de Gruchy said: 'The government say they want us to spend our time in the classroom teaching children.

'We intend to take them at their word.'

Mr de Gruchy said the government had introduced 59 new initiatives since it had taken power, with most of them requiring extra work outside class.
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