16th January 2019

‘Schools to face more job losses and cuts in funding squeeze’

Many East Riding schools have started the year “on a cliff edge” as they face further cuts and redundancies according to a teaching union.

At least 15 East Yorkshire schools were in the red at the end of last academic year, including 5 secondaries. Schools were forced to make 56 redundancies in 2017/18, with another 34 school staff losing their jobs since September – a trend which is expected to continue.

Click here for the full article in the Hull Daily Mail


7th September 2018

East Yorkshire schools facing huge crisis as teachers quitting ‘in droves’

Damian Walenta, East Riding Secretary of the National Education Union(NEU), says: “Headteachers are telling me the recruitment and retention crisis is really starting to bite in the East Riding – and that comes as no surprise in education. It is inevitable that students who have experienced education over the last few years will think twice abut teaching – and they make up the majority of graduates the schools need to recruit.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Divisional Secretary, Damian Walenta speaks to The Hull Daily Mail about the current teacher recruitment and retention crisis in East Yorkshire schools. Click on the picture for the article

13th February 2017

East Riding teachers had to take more than 5,000 days off in a year because of stress

Damian Walenta says:

Sadly, it will also come as no surprise to pupils who have to work in today’s exam factories – many of whom will be suffering with anxiety, stress and depression themselves.

“Our schools are becoming toxic places to work and learn.”

Click here for the Hull Daily Mail article

7th February 2017

50 Jobs at risk as schools reach ‘breaking point’ in East Yorkshire

Damian Walenta, divisional secretary of the National Education Union says: “Despite East Riding Council trying to plug the gaps left by this government’s under funding of schools, head teachers are once again finding themselves in the unenviable position of having to make more teachers and support staff redundant.”

Mr Walenta claims 108 out of 140 East Riding schools are facing further real term cuts before 2020.

Click here for the Hull Daily Mail article



Whilst at conference we chanced upon a display of regional reps of the year. Our very own Damian Walenta was there and, after a fair bit of persuasion, wrote the following for our web page:
Although I was very flattered and honoured to receive the Yorkshire Midland Region Representative of the Year Award, I know there are reps all over the region who are working just as hard to represent their members. They too feel that being a rep is something that is absolutely vital if we are to stand up against the constant attacks on our profession, and protect learning and teaching conditions in our schools.
To me, being a successful rep is all about communication with colleagues who are also prepared to stand up, and we have those in abundance at my school. I am sure that they are there in every school – if you haven’t got a strong union group, start talking, arrange meetings and build one.
There are too many members in school who are always there to discuss issues to mention them all by name, but I must say a special thank you to our Learning Rep, Sarah Sheen. Outside of school our Divisional Secretary, Julie Davies, has always been there, alongside the wonderful officer group of the East Riding Division. Regional and National officers have also been supportive and are always just a phone call or email away. In short, the clue is in the name: National UNION of Teachers. I am proud to receive the award on behalf of everyone in the union who I work with.
If you are interested in becoming a rep, please get in touch with me or any of the East Riding officers. Far from being alone you will find yourself part of a supportive network that works hard to protect the learning and teaching conditions in school. If you are a rep and would like to discuss building your school group, there has never been a more important time to do it. Contact details can be found on our contact page here


East Riding NUT ran a succesful street stall in Beverley on April 25th 2015.

The purpose behind these stalls is to raise awareness of the current issues in education and to introduce the public to the NUT’s Stand Up for Education Campaign.

Members of the public were interested to hear what we had to say about the campaign, sign the NUT’s petition and take leaflets and stickers.

Click on the thumbnail images below to see the full size pictures.