The NUT’s parliamentary work aims to develop effective working relationships with members of both Houses of Parliament from all parties. We seek to influence government policy, parliamentary debate and legislation on education issues as well as those which impact on teachers and children more generally.
Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill was published in February 2013. The NUT is focussing its lobbying on the Bill on the SEN provisions therein, including on School Action Plus, personal budgets and direct payments, Special educational needs co-ordinators and the local offer.
The NUT has sent written evidence to Committee of MPs scrutinising the Bill. This can be downloaded here. For background information and the latest details of the Bill’s passage through Parliament visit here.
Public Service Pensions Bill
The NUT is lobbying on the Public Service Pensions Bill which is being considered in Parliament. The Bill seeks to implement the Government’s proposals to make teachers and other public servants work longer and pay more for their pensions and get less in return when they retire.
The NUT Deputy General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, gave oral evidence to the Bill Committee on 6th November 2012. You can watch the evidence session here.
Education Select Committee
The Education Select Committee has held inquiries recently on the English Baccalaureate and the participation of 16-19 year olds in education and training. The NUT’s submissions to both inquiries can be found below:
The NUT is often invited to present oral evidence to Select Committees. You can watch below:
Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary gives evidence on Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers – 7th December 2011
Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary gives evidence on pupil behaviour – 13th October 2010
Amanda Brown, NUT Assistant Secretary, Employment Conditions & Rights gives evidence on learning outside the classroom - 3rd March 2010
Science and Technology Select Committee
The Science and Technology Committee conducted an inquiry into school science experiments and field trips. In 2011 NUT Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney, a former physics teacher, and NUT member and physics teacher, Greg Jones gave oral evidence to the Committee. The NUT’s written submission to this inquiry can be found below.
Early Day Motions (EDMs) we support
For further information about the NUT’s work in Westminster or for advice about how to lobby your MP locally, please contact the Union’s Parliamentary Officers Chris Brown and Emily Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or on 0207 380 4712