As part of its inquiry into education funding, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from trade unions representing teachers and head teachers about the pressures facing Northern Ireland’s teaching staff.
Wednesday 9 January in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
- Geri Cameron, President, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) NI
- Justin McCamphill, Senior Northern Ireland Official, National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)
- Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary, Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO)
Purpose of the session
The Committee considers the impact of the pay dispute and working pressures on staff performance, morale and wellbeing, and retention rates in the profession. The witnesses represent teachers and head teachers' unions in Northern Ireland.
Throughout its in-depth inquiry into education funding, the Committee has heard evidence of teachers in Northern Ireland facing long working hours and unmanageable workloads and some witnesses have raised serious concerns about the mental health of teachers. The teaching pay scale in Northern Ireland falls behind that of England and Wales, and the Department of Education has rejected the unions' call for a 5% pay increase. Some unions have taken industrial action in recent years.
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