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Comment on National Funding Formula in Nursery World, 14 September 2017


"Government must make childcare commitments", Early Years Educator, September 2017


“Unions call for 2 per cent pay rise for all main scale teachers”, TES, 28 July 2017

“Unions: DfE must ‘fully fund’ schools to offer higher pay rises”; Schools Week, 28 July 2017


"Teachers need a bigger pie": TES letters, 14 July 2017


New childcare minister named, Nursery World, 27 June 2017

"Sector makes urgent plea for more funding": General Secretary Deborah Lawson comments in Practical Pre-School, July 2017

"Meanwhile outside Westminster...", SecEd, 22 June 2017

Queen's Speech comment: Nursery World, 21 June 2017


"Benchmark for terms and conditions is long overdue", Practical Pre-School, June 2017

Interview on changes to GCSEs, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 8 May 2017

“The expansion of early years provision can’t be done on the cheap”:  TES Scotland, 5 May 2017


"GCSE grade confusion remains": SecEd, 26 April 2017

"Your Ofsted experience is valuable": Early Years Educator, April/May 2017


"Union leaders spurn merger call": Schools Week, 31 March 2017

Comments on early years workforce strategy in Nursery World, 3 March 2017

“Stop treating TAs as second-class citizens”: TES letters, 3 March 2017


" Most parents want early years teachers in nurseries": Nursery World, 17 February 2017

Interview: Wake up to Money, Radio 4, 16 February 2017

" Teachers wearing body cameras...": Derby Telegraph, 9 February 2017

"Technical education: Parity, parity, parity": SecEd, 8 February 2017


" Scottish sector warns of funding gap": Nursery World, 23 January 2017

"Unions demand recognition of teacher recruitment crisis": SecEd, 11 January 2017

“Childcare: core infrastructure, collaboration and funding": Early Years Educator (EYE), February 2017

“Strength from diversity": Letters, Early Years Educator (EYE), January 2017

"Teachers left to cope after cuts to support staff", TES Scotland, 6 January 2017 

" Teaching unions come together to demand salary boost": TES, 6 January 2017



 School funding: Derby Telegraph,  20 December 2016

"Schools budget could be cut by £3bn,  National Audit Office report warns": The Independent, 14 December 2016

"School budgets face over £3 billion in cuts", Your Thurrock, 14 December 2016

"Schools face budget cuts of £3 billion", BBC News, 14 December 2016

"Questions over National Reference Tests": SecEd, 1 December 2016


Article in MyAcademy, November 2016

Joint union  letter on FE funding: TES, 18 November 2016  

Voice's Morris Charlton  comments on exclusions, Schools Week, 18 November 2016

Comment on homework, Sunday Post, 6 November 2016 


Childcare recruitment crisis, EYE, October 2016


"Selection: a major distraction": SecEd, 22 September 2016


"Number of nurseries going bust almost doubles in a year": AOL news, 29 August 2016 

"Number of nurseries going bust doubles in a year": Daily Mail, 29 August 2016 

"Number of nurseries going bust almost doubles in a year": Worcester News, 29 August 2016

Early years fuding overhaul, Schools Week, 12 August 2016


"How sick is too sick for school": Boots WebMD, July 2016

"Unions: funding needs to be increased as a matter of urgency": Driver Youth Trust, 21 July 2016

Fears for early years review amid schools funding delay to 2018": Nursery World, 21 July 2016

" Unions issue urgent call for more school funding": Education Executive, 21 July 2016

"Unions issue urgent call for more school funding": TES, 20 July 2016

"Male childcarers may pose a risk says government minister": Marilyn Stowe Blog, 16 July 2016 

"Andrea Leadsom suggests male childcare workers might be paedophiles": Day Nurseries, 15 July 2016

Outrage over Leadsom's comments on male childcarers: Nursery World, 15 July 2016

"DfE takes on wider role in PM's reshuffle" Nursery World, 14 July 2016

"Academy chain founder Ofsted appointment challenged": Nursery World, 7 July 2016

"Strikes  are futile and damage children's education teachers told": The Independent, 4 July 2016 

"Schools face disruption as teachers strike": Coventry Observer, 4 July 2016

"Strikes are 'futile' and harm children's education, teachers told": The Telegraph, 4 July 2016

        Broadcast media coverage of reaction to 5 July strike


"Exams, gaming and inequality": SecEd, 15 June 2016

"MPs warn free 30 hour childcare offer is at risk": Day Nurseries, 15 June 2016

"MPs' warning over 30 hour plans": Nursery World, 15 June 2016


"Not paid the 'living wage'": TESS, 27 May 2016

"Morgan offers unions olive branch of new pay and workload talks": TES, 19 May 2016

"Government backs down on academy plans": Nursery World,  6 May 2016

"New national scheme will place 'interns' in classrooms": Schools Week, 6 May 2016

"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

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