Voice play an active role in and support many campaigns and working groups that aim to improve the life, workplace, health and safety of those working within the education sector. Listed below are some of these groups/campaigns and links to their websites.
Standing Joint Committees (SJCs)
GCSE and A-levels Exams - England
Voice is a member of the Standing Joint Committees (SJCs) as we’re dedicated to improving examinations. The teachers’ associations maintain SJCs to let the awarding bodies AQA, Pearson/Edexcel, OCR and WJEC know the views of teacher union members about GCSE, AS and A level examinations.
See the attached SJC poster (pdf)
SJCs are completely independent and, when they comment, awarding bodies take notice. A written response to SJC comments is then made available to schools and colleges.
Comment on curriculum for Excellence and new qualifications.
The Regulation Matters Campaign calls for the registration of all childcarers in the UK, so that nannies and other home childcarers are brought under the same regulatory umbrella and held to the registration standards currently required of childminders in order to safeguard children, improve childcare standards, and create consistency in the childcare industry. Supporters of this campaign include: Norland, PACEY, Tinies and Voice.
Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC)
Founded in 2010, Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) protects education workers by raising awareness of asbestos in schools and promoting improved management of asbestos in education sector buildings. The JUAC members are representatives from ASCL, NASUWT, NAHT, NEU, Voice, UNISON, Unite the Union, and GMB.
Chartered College of Teaching
The Chartered College is an autonomous member-driven organisation, established to promote the learning, improvement and recognition of the art, science and practice of teaching for the public benefit. The college is working in partnership with associations, unions and learned societies to build on the best of teaching and emerging research evidence.
Reducing Teacher Workload
Working to remove unnecessary workload for teachers, to help them concentrate on teaching and their own development, the campaign has identified the three biggest areas that can lead to unnecessary workload are:
- planning; and
- data management
The groups reports have been endorsed by the Department of Education, Ofsted, Voice, ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT and NEU.