Media Coverage



"Parents to keep their children off school in SATs protest": Derby Telegraph, 3 May 2016

"Providers cut EYT courses due to low demand": Nursery World, 2 May 2016


"The current requirement presents a significant risk to the early years profession": Save Our Early Years, 29 April 2016

"Why we cannot support the White Paper", SecEd, 21 April 2016

"Early years training courses dropped by two UK universities": PSLA news, 18 April 2016

"Early years teacher training courses withdrawn": Schools Week, 15 April 2016


Qualified nursery teacher call: Day Nurseries, 30 March 2016

"All nurseries-should-have-early-years-teachers-charity-says": Nursery World, 30 March 2016

Letter in TES on unions: 25 March 2016 

"Teachers - recruitment and retention": The Independent Schools Magazine, March 2016 

Regulation Matters (pages 28-29), Home Childcarer, March 2016

"Budget: compulsory academies plan slammed": Nursery World, 16 March 2016

"Collapse" in school support staff numbers, TESS, 4 March 2016 (1st para of comment also in Scottish Daily Mail, 5 March)

Letter in TES from General Secretary Deborah Lawson, 4 March 2016 (in  response to Schools Minister Nick Gibb).


"The Government is in denial over teacher recruitment and retention": Huffington Post blogs, 10 February 2016

"A 93p an hour pay increase can make 'Good' nurseries 'Outstanding': Day Nurseries, 10 February 2016

"Paying nursery staff just £1.45 an hour more could boost poor quality to outstanding": Nursery World, 10 February 2016


"Early years teacher shortage as courses face closure": Schools Week, 29 January 2016

General Secretary signatory to Accord letter on religious discrimination limit, 28 January 2016

"Developing a school-led education": SecEd, 27 January 2016

"The circular thinking of 'centralisation'": TES letters, 22 January 2016

"Pay and recruitment failures risk national teaching crisis unions warn": Public Sector Executive, 11 January 2016

"Teaching unions' funding warning": Public Finance, 11 January 2016

"Teaching recruitment crisis": The Independent, 11 January 2016

"'National crisis' looming in teaching,  unions warn": BBC News, 11 January 2016



"A Childcare quandary": TES letters, 11 December 2015 

"Majority of teachers face prospect of no pay rise": TES, 11 December 2015

"Nurseries and childminders gain right to ask to run school site provision": Nursery World, 7 December 2015


"Only a fifth of nursery practitioners earn over £20,000": Day Nurseries, 16 November 2015

"Unpaid overtime props up sector":  Nursery World, 16 November 2015

"Sending the wrong signal to teaching assistants": SecEd, 11 November 2015

"Collecting data won't help pupils": TESS letters, 6 November 2015

"Headteachers forced into a corner over job cuts": TES, 6 November 2015

"Tests for infant pupils criticised by Derby teaching union": Derby Telegraph, 4 November 2015

"Tougher standards being considered for seven year olds": Nursery World, 3 November 2015

"Trade Union Bill could increase 'whispering campaigns' against non-striking teachers, union warns": TES, 2 November 2015  

"Tax credit cut to hit early years workers hard": Nursery World, 1 November 2015


"Children aged 11 who can't write their own name": Daily Mail, 24 October 2015

Derby City Council's pay review: BBC Radio Derby, 17 October 2015

"New professional teaching assistant standards scrapped": Nursery World, 16 October 2015

"Why bill to limit strike action 'may have opposite effect'": TES, 9 October 2015

"Schools should give working day childcare says minister": Day Nurseries, 7 October 2015

"Providers and parents win right to request out-of-school care": Nursery World, 7 October 2015


"In praise of community learning": letter, TES, 25 September 2015

"Derby school support staff 'left demoralised' by pay review": Derby Telegraph, 22 September 2015

" The exam results fall-out": SecEd, 9 September 2015


Blog: GCSE results day, Schools Week, 20 August 2015

Blog: A-level results day, Schools Week, 13 August 2015


"Low pay and rising costs threaten nursery staffing levels": Day Nurseries, 28 July 2015

"Danger of childcare workforce shortage without wage increase": Nursery World, 24 July 2015

"Voice general secretary labels childcare sector the 'Cinderella service'": Day Nurseries, 14 July 2015

Tributes paid to Founder President, The Northern Echo, 13 July 2015

"Tributes paid to union founder": Schools Week, 9 July 2015

"Latest cuts could 'lead to lost generation'": TESS, 3 July 2015


"Queen's Speech 'silent' on recruitment and funding": SecEd, 4 June 2015


Queen's Speech 2015: Nursery World, 27 May 2015 

"Government childcare plans will not work without a motivated workforce": Day Nurseries, 27 May 2015

"Have your say on nursery cut plans": News North Wales", 22 May 2015

"What we need now is stability and trust": SecEd, 21 May 2015


"It's time we built up support staff's pay": TES letters, 24 April 2015

Bulletin: Solicitor Arwen Makin, Voice: Schools Week, 18 April 2015


"Derby-based teaching union Voice appoints new solicitor Arwen Makin": Derby Telegraph, 31 March 2015

"Call for political parties to pledge action on nursery staff pay": CYPN, 16 March 2015

"Ofsted inspections 'promote unhealthy culture of fear'": TES, 12 March 2015 

"Derby-based teaching union Voice sets out its education policy manifesto": Derby Telegraph, 12 March 2015 

"Pupil need over political ideology": SecEd, 12 March 2015

"Getting the right start on the wrong side of the tracks":  TESS, 6 March 2015


"Solution? You haven't got one say unions": Schools Week, 13 February 2015

"Workload Challenge branded 'missed opportunity'": TES, 13 February 2015

"Unions press for external review of Ofsted":  Yorkshire Post, 10 February 2015

" Teacher workload crisis: unions join forces to criticise ministers": TES, 10 February 2015

"A fine show": Nursery World, 9 February 2015

" Ofsted fine tunes inspection framework": Schools Week, 6 February 2015

"Tell us about your work-related physical health": Nursery World, 5 February 2015


"Heart to foster the arts": TES, 30 January 2015

"High nursery numbers tell a cautionary tale": TESS, 23 January 2015 

"Unions react to double inspections": Schools Week, 16 January 2015

Teachers Working Longer Review Group, Schools Week, 16 January 2015

"Union view: Voice": Claim Your College, January 2015

"Teachers need time for their CPD":  article by Voice's General Secretary in SecEd



"College of Teaching: rise to the challenge": TES letters, 19 December 2014

Flexible working and family leave, p20Independent Schools Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014 


"Business leaders call for free childcare to be extended": Day Nurseries, 10 November 2014

"Calls for free childcare to be extended to one-year-olds": Nursery World, 10 November 2014

"Tackling the Workload Challenge", by Deborah Lawson, SecEd, 6 November 2014


"Lost generation of ASN": TESS, 31 October 2014

"NAHT joins TUC": Academies Week, 25 October 2014

"Schools encouraged to work with PVI nurseries on childcare": Nursery World, 21 October 2014

16-19 accountability: Academies Week, 17 October 2014

"Cameron plans rescue squad of 1500 top teachers": Academies Week, 17 October 2014

"Plea for TA review panel to discuss axing of support staff pay body": SecEd, 9 October 2014

"Government to review status and professionalism of teaching assistants": Nursery World, 3 October 2014


"Welsh Government's plans for nurseries in Wales": Day Nurseries, 22 September 2014

"Wales plans to raise the bar for early years workforce: Nursery World, 22 September 2014

"Against: 'I believe in the force of argument'": TES, 19 September 2014


"East Midlands sees a drop in A* to C GCSE grades":  BBC News (EM), 21 August 2014

"A-levels: Derbyshire students enjoy increased choice": Derby Telegraph, 18 August 2014


 "Why new faces should be all ears": TES Letters, 25 July 2014

"Derby school heads and teachers hope for a fresh start now Gove has gone": Derby Telegraph, 16 July 2014

"Nicky Morgan appointed Education Secretary": CYPN, 15 July 2014

"Cabinet reshuffle": Day Nurseries, 15 July 2014

"Cabinet reshuffle": Nursery World, 15 July 2014

"There's no room for strikes, they harm too many people": The Telegraph, 10 July 2014

"Raised Voice": letter, The Times, 7 July 2014


"Queen's speech 2014": Nursery World, 4 June 2014


Voice included in article, Daily Mail, 25 April 2014

Voice on front page of The Times, 24 April 2014 (subscription only) 

"Ofsted's early years report: sector reaction": Nursery World, 4 April 2014

"Ofsted accused of favouring 'narrow tests and assessments' over quality early years education": Day Nurseries, 3 April 2014


"Exclusive: Nutbrown recommendations dismissed": Nursery World, 24 March 2014

"Tax-free childcare scheme expands": Nursery World, 18 March 2014

 "Tax-free childcare scheme": Day Nurseries, 18 March 2014

"Performance pay has created a 'punitive' culture in schools union leader warns": TES News, 17 March 2014

"Bringing down the wall": SecEd, 13 March 2014


Government criticised over early years educators: Day Nurseries, 26 February 2014

DfE confirms requirements for Early Years Educators: Nursery World, 25 February 2014

"Assistance for assistants":  TES letters, 21 February 2014

"City  union slams 'childcare on cheap': Derby Telegraph, 15 February 2014

"Truss cuts red tape": Nursery World, 13 February 2014

"Teaching assistants improve children's attainment: Nursery World, 7 February 2014

"Michael Gove's marketisation of education": The Information Daily, 6 February 2014

"Michael Gove motivated by 'self-publicity'": Derby Telegraph, 4 February 2014

"Tests branded 'waste of time and money": Nursery World, 3 February 2014

"Reception children face compulsory tests": Sky News, 1 February 2014


"Education has been a political football for too long": The Information Daily, 28 January 2014

"Pearson demands new 'apolitical' curriculum body": Education Investor, 27 January 2014 

"Education union supports call to remove political interference":, 27 January 2014

"Devil in the detail as Labour's plans emerge": SecEd, 23 January 2014

"Derby teaching union fears 'educational apartheid'": Derby Telegraph, 23 January 2014

"Shortage of high-quality childcare places puts two-year-old scheme at risk": Nursery World, 22 January 2014

"Academics urge government to delay free nursery scheme":, 22 January 2014

"The language dilemma facing teachers": SecEd, 9 January 2014





"Purpose of children's centres questioned in Education Select Committee report":, 17 December 2013

"School nurseries should open 10 hours a day says Education Minister": Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2013

"Culture, expectation and attitude in the classroom are issue for communities and government - not just schools": ITV News blog, 11 December 2013



"Scottish councils must interact with community before closing schools": The Information Daily, 21 November 2013

"Labour leader warns of 'childcare crunch': Nursery World, 18 November 2013



"Horsham district braces for teacher strikes today": West Sussex Gazette, 17 October 2013 

"Teacher strikes": West Sussex County  Times, 11 October 2013

"The consequences of parental choice": SecEd, 10 October 2013



"School strike futile says teachers' union": Derby Telegraph, 27 September 2013

"Teachers strike": Herts and Essex Observer, 25 September 2013

Homework: Sunday Post, 15 September 2013

"Striking problems": TES letters, 13 September 2013

"The Government should stop intervening in early  education, joint letter, The Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2013



"GCSEs no longer reliable": ePolitix, 22 August 2013

Academy chains and teachers' pay: TES News Blog, 19 August 2013

"A-levels not just for teens": ePolitix, 15 August 2013  

"Injury case wake up call": Nursery World, 12 August 2013



"Welsh Government announces first childcare plan": Day Nurseries, 22 July 2013  

"An afternoon with the Tutors Association": Jiva, 19 July 2013

"Wales sets ten year vision for childcare": Nursery World, 18 July 2013

"More Affordable Childcare": NMT Magazine, 18 July 2013

Pupil bands: Nursery World, 17 July 2013

"Can schools deliver Clegg plans?", PoliticsHome, 17 July 2013

"Unions are there for support": TES letters, 12 July 2013

Subscriber of the Week: Jennifer Hannah of Voice:  TES Scotland, 12 July 2013

"Union slams pay increase for MPs": Derby Telegraph, 12 July 2013

 GovToday interview with Voice General Secretary, 11 July 2013

"Five year olds will learn computer programming new curriculum": Nursery World, 9 July 2013

"Teachers say Michael Gove's new curriculum irrelevant": Daily Mirror, 9 July 2013

"Union's fears over rush to 'Gove-rriculum'": GovToday, 8 July 2013

"New 'tech level' qualification announced": Education Investor, 8 July 2013

"One per cent pay rise disappointing but realistic": SecEd, 4 July 2013



"The force of argument not the argument of force": SecEd, 27 June 2013

Comment on 'Women and Work': NMT, 19 June 2013

 GCSE proposals could disadvantage vulnerable pupils, fear experts:  Children & Young People Now, 12 June 2013

"GCSE reform": Derby Telegraph, 12 June 2013

 GCSE reform: ePolitix, 11 June 2013

"Anti-ratios campaigning pays off": CYPN, 11 June 2013

"Daily round-up: teaching assistants": CYPN, 3 June 2013



"Union criticises teaching report from think-tank": Derby Telegraph, 22 May 2013

"Hot topics: changing ratios": NMT, 16 May 2013

"A right royal challenge": TES letters, 10 May 2013

"Stand firm on childcare, Clegg": ePolitix, 9 May 2013

"Plans for ratio reform hit opposition from Clegg": Nursery World, 9 May 2013

"REC launch new quality standard for recruitment in education": Staffing Industry, 8 May 2013

"Councils prioritise reception classes over early years care": CYPN, 8 May 2013

"The Royal College of Teaching draws closer" SecEd 2 May 2013



"Why should local authorities bother?": SecEd, 25 April 2013

"Rise in pre-school hours for Scottish children: Nursery World, 22 April 2013

"Evaluating early years education": Nursery Management Today, 22 April 2013

"Union raises fears over changes  to inspections": Derby Telegraph, 20 April 2013

"Setting a trap for teachers": TES letters, 19 April 2013

"Government funds £5m early education study": Nursery World, 18 April 2013



"Summer strikes": TES, 22 March 2013

"Childcare sector disappointed": Day, 21 March 2013

"Tax-free-childcare- early years organisations call for direct funding": Nursery World, 19 March 2013

"Teachers set to strike": Daily Mail, 19 March 2013

"Pupils face disruption as strike action looms": Derby Telegraph, 19 March 2013

"Annual survey shows rocketing cost of childcare": Nursery World, 6 March 2013



"Childcare leaders criticise ratios consultation": CYPN, 26 February 2013

"EBacc u-turn welcome":, 7 February 2013

"Ebacc u-turn 'astonishing but welcome': PoliticsHome/Central Lobby, 7 February 2013

"The purpose of assessment": SecEd, 7 February 2013


"Government’s childcare plans cut corners, lower standards and put children at risk": Home Childcarer, January 2013

"Unions worry EYPs will sidelined": Nursery World, 29 January 2013

"Childcare changes cut corners": PoliticsHome, 29 January 2013

"Childcare changes affect the professionals too": Baby World, 29 January 2013

Letter: “Agencies can be unsafe too” Nursery World 28 January 2013

Change on horizon for A levels: Derby Telegraph, 24 January 2013

"New Voice chief hits out at lack of DfE consultation": SecEd, 24 January 2013

"Gove’s ‘political interference’ in A levels": Politics Home, 23 January 2013

Letter on industrial action from General Secretary, TES, 18 January 2013

Interview with General Secr