IMMEDIATE 19 April 2014 Definition of Teacher Commenting after the debate on Motion 15, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “A teacher is someone who has patience, enthusiasm, subject knowledge and pedagogy. A teacher has a degree and a teaching qualification. A teacher helps to give children and young people the confidence, knowledge and skills to start their adult lives and they should be recognised for the work that they do. A teacher should be consulted on changes on educational practice on the grounds they are professionals and understand what works and what doesn’t. “Teachers love teaching and have one of the best jobs in the world but under this Government a teacher is stressed, overworked and constantly criticised. Teacher morale continues to drop and according to Ofsted, 2 in 5 leave the profession within their first five years of teaching. “Parents’ definition of a teacher vastly differs from the Government’s. As our recent NUT/ YouGov poll showed, unlike Michael Gove parents want their children to be taught by a fully qualified teacher. 88% of parents think teachers should be able to exercise their professional judgment to best meet the needs of their children. This is in stark contrast to the 3% of parents who thought politicians should be able to prescribe what and how teachers teach. “Michael Gove is determined to downgrade teaching as a profession. This will be a disaster for state education and pupils. It is a shameful approach to take to one of the most important jobs any person can do. We are determined to stop him.” END pr62-2014 For further information contact Caroline Cowie on 0207 380 4706 or 07879480061 Please click here if you wish to unsubscribe from this mailing list.