The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is calling for the resignation of one of its top officials in an email sent to teachers last week.
In the email, released on Monday, the union’s president, Karen Cramer, argues that NUT staff “have been shown to be dishonest, disingenuous and manipulative”.
“The NUT has been a consistent ally to the Conservative Government, and has been in constant communication with the Government on key policy issues,” Ms Cramer said.”NUT staff have been told over and over again that their jobs are secure, their contracts are renewed and their future with NUT is secure.”
However, the fact that NUK is in the middle of a campaign against them shows just how fragile their position is.
“They have been given no other option but to take the high road.”
The email was sent in response to a letter signed by NUT’s national secretary, David Hargreaves, to education minister, Andrew Gwynne.
In it, Mr Hargrens claims the NUT “has been a partner of the Government and the Government has been giving NUT a free hand in policy decisions and the NUK has been allowed to do this.”
“We’ve been given a mandate by the Government to support the Government in its policy decisions, so we’re here to support you in the policy decisions you make and we’re going to continue to be there,” Mr Hoggens letter said.
Mr Hargs letter was sent on April 30, one day after NUT national secretary Andrew Glynnes letter to the Education Minister, Andrew Jones, and Mr Jones’ spokesman, Nick Jones, accused the union of “attacking” NUT in an attempt to “influence the Government’s policy decisions”.
The letter from Mr Glynns also alleged that the NUPT had “been an agent for the Government”.
Mr Glynne said the letter had been “misconstrued”.
“I’ve been in the education sector for more than 30 years, and I’ve seen the level of dishonestness, deceit, manipulation and dishonesty by the Nuts over the last three years,” he said.
The NUPTs letter also alleged the union had been asked to “give NUT free rein” on the issue of curriculum.
“The Minister has asked the NU to provide an updated syllabus which will be approved by the union in a timely manner,” Mr Gwynnes said.
Ms Cramer argued that Mr Haggrens was wrong.
“As the NUC is in close consultation with the Minister, the NUs letter is misleading and is misleading to the Minister and the public.”
This letter does not represent the views of the NUB or the Government,” she said.”[The] NUTs decision to publicly express their dissatisfaction with the NUD is disappointing, but is a reflection of their position.
“The letter also stated that Mr Jones had been given the opportunity to respond to the letter but did not.”
In response to your letter, the Minister has been asked by the National Union to respond.
This letter was issued by a senior NUT official who is a senior advisor to the minister.
“Mr Jones has also had the opportunity of responding.
It was then shared with the media.”
He has not done so, so the NURs letter is not representative of the views expressed by the minister.”‘
There is no way we can continue to do our job’Mr Jones said the government had a “zero tolerance policy” for misleading teachers.”
It is absolutely wrong that the minister would suggest that the letter is a direct attack on NUT, but we are in close contact with the minister to ensure that he can see the letter, Mr Jones said.
He said he was “shocked” by the letter.
“We have a zero tolerance policy.
There is no point in saying we are not here to do what we’re supposed to do.
We’ve been a part of the policy process and I’m not sure how anyone could possibly claim otherwise.”NUT says the letter was a “distraction”Mr Hoggans letter stated that “the NUT” was “not in a position to give a final decision” on how NUT should implement the government’s curriculum plan.”
I have been asked in the past to provide the Government with guidance on the process, and have been advised by the Minister to provide this advice to the NUGS,” he wrote.”
You have been instructed that it will not be appropriate for me to comment further on this issue.”
All I can say is that this letter is very distressing for me and for the NUE, as I am a senior adviser to the government on curriculum and it is clear that we are unable to make a decision in a fair and timely manner.
“Mr Jones added: “We have been informed