The recent annual conference of the National Education Union (NEU) has given me pause to reflect on my two decades as a general secretary, first of the ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers) and now the NEU.
I will soon be stepping down, as will my good friend and colleague Kevin Courtney, at the end of August.
My closing speech was certainly an emotional one, and although I will still be working on behalf of members for a few months yet, the writing of that speech was an opportunity for me to step back and assess how far – or in some cases how little – things have changed since 2003.
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