Login Register

Teachers strike threat over literacy and numeracy tests

By PaulTurner555  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

Comments (6)

TEACHERS have threatened to strike over literacy and numeracy tests set to be introduced under plans announced by the Welsh Government. 
Education Minister  Leighton Andrews has today unveiled his National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF), with the aim of transforming standards in Wales. 
It is part of a package which includes a £7 million National Support Programme for teachers to implement the framework. In addition, online bilingual guidance and training materials are  being developed to help schools in the run-up to it becoming statutory in September, 2013.  However, tests will be introduced in May. 
Mr Andrews said: "I am determined that teachers and schools will be fully supported in implementing the LNF and improving literacy and numeracy standards."
But the framework has attracted criticism and fears of potential teaching strikes by members of the NUT union. 
Owen Hathaway, policy manager for the NUT, said members had previously balloted to be able to strike as part of a dispute with the Welsh Government over workload, so industrial action was always possible. 
However, Mr Hathaway added that they were "nowhere near strike action". 
He said: "In regards to testing it will increase the workload of teachers and because of that teachers won't be able to teach for the period they are doing these tests. 
"It is unlikely there will be a strike, it's far down the line, but it is possible. We are in discussions with the Welsh Government over workloads."
In response, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education, Aled Roberts, said ministers should meet with union reps as soon as possible. Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas, party  education spokesman, added: "The Welsh Government must now demonstrate how it will work with unions and teachers to implement the new framework and develop a consensus on what needs to be done."

Read more from South Wales Evening Post

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters


  • johnmajor2  |  January 29 2013, 4:20AM

    In order that children dont loose anymore Education time through these tests I think they should be taken during of their long holiday periods They do get paid for these nice long holidays

    |   -2
  • Julesbreadbox  |  January 28 2013, 8:38PM

    Literacy and numeracy tests..... For teachers....what a good idea!!!!! "....because of that teachers won't be able to teach for the period they are doing these tests"..... Call it professional development. Haha.

  • Penllergaer  |  January 28 2013, 6:54PM

    If Teachers in England can do it, ours must be substandard or just lazy.

    |   2
  • cresswell1  |  January 28 2013, 6:53PM

    anything to get a day off,lazy gits

    |   3
  • siarad2  |  January 28 2013, 6:39PM

    Don't teachers have free periods anymore

    |   4
  • GorsseinonJoe  |  January 28 2013, 6:10PM

    Absolutely disgraceful, if they don't want to teach find another job.

    |   5