Three education unions have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson expressing our anger and dismay at the way in which the government is treating school and college leaders.
Our letter highlights the fact that a week before the end of term for some schools, and no more than 14 working days for most, school and college leaders still have little idea of the government’s Covid management plans for September and how they will be expected to run their settings.
It also raises growing concern among school and college leaders that the burden of public health responsibilities they are currently carrying may actually increase next academic year.
It says: “We appreciate that we continue to be in a dynamic and fast-moving situation, and that many of these decisions need to be taken across government. We do not accept, however, that it is appropriate to continue to treat school and college leaders with what is, frankly, starting to feel like contempt.”
The letter is signed by the General Secretaries of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), and the National Education Union (NEU).
Richard Bettsworth, ASCL, 07885 467344
Steven George, NAHT, 07970 907730
Caroline Cowie, NEU, 07879 480061