Select Committee on Education and Skills Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum from Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT

  You have requested figures for the number of NASUWT members participating in school trips who have experienced difficulties.

  As I sought to explain to the Select Committee, the Union has a regular number of referrals of cases of teachers who are subject to investigation as a result of an incident on a school trip. These statistics are not collated nationally, as it would simply be impossible to maintain such a database. The Union only maintains at national level a database of those cases where we need to engage legal support because of civil or criminal proceedings. In the last three years NASUWT has done this on 20 occasions and compared with statistics going back further than that this demonstrates a significant increase since the mid 90s. This figure of 20 represents only the tip of the iceberg, a point which has been accepted by the former Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke, hence the work he commissioned between the DfES and NASUWT, work which is currently ongoing and scheduled to reach a conclusion around Easter.

20 January 2005

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