Union Asks Candidates to Take Election Pledge

One of the largest teaching unions on the island has called on candidates in this year’s General Election to pledge putting support for education at the heart of their campaigns.

The NAHT’s pledge forms part of a wider manifesto for education produced by the union called ‘Our Schools. Their future. Your choice.’

A statement said: ‘That manifesto identifies key priorities for education and urges all prospective candidates to place these at the heart of everything they do if elected to the House of Keys: 

  • Meeting the needs of all children
  • Wellbeing
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and retention of education staff

The pledge reads:

‘I pledge to work with the profession, listening to and acting on the views of school leaders as the experts in education in the best interests of all learners. I commit to working with the Isle of Man NAHT on their manifesto for education.’

Max Kelly, NAHT Isle of Man Branch Secretary and Executive Head Teacher of Laxey and Dhoon schools said: ‘NAHT Isle of Man is publishing a manifesto to help put education at the heart of the general election. Education forms the foundation of the future of the Isle of Man – its prosperity and ability to sustain itself. Our school leaders, their staff and our pupils deserve to be at the forefront of policy making and investment. We hope all Keys candidates will pledge their support for our calls for an education system which meets the needs of all children, places a renewed focus on wellbeing, is properly funded and which attracts and retains the very best workforce possible for our island.’

Ahead of the election, the NAHT has organised a series of hustings events which will focus on education. These meetings will be in Onchan on September 13 from 7pm to 8.30pm, Arbory, Castletown and Malew on September 14 5pm to 6.30pm and Douglas East September 15 7pm to 8.30. Gef will provide more info on the exact locations of those meetings in the coming weeks.

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