Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), paid a visit to Teachers Building Society in Wimborne.
The visit was a first for a NUT General Secretary and Christine Blower updated the team at Teachers about the challenges currently facing schools, including the Government’s plans to reform pay and the on-going concerns about Academies. Over an informal afternoon tea, the Teachers team outlined how the mutual helps young teachers and NQT’s looking to buy their first home and the work they do with local schools to help deliver finance education.
Christine Blower is also a director of the Steve Sinnott Foundation, a charity aiming to help secure primary education for all of the world’s children. A few days before her visit, staff at Teachers Building Society dressed down, held a raffle and sold cakes to raise money for the Foundation and, with a contribution from the Society, were able to present a cheque to Christine for £621.
Christine said, “I received a warm welcome and was briefed on the work TBS does in schools and for young teachers. I found it to be an enjoyable and useful afternoon.”
James Bawa, Chief Executive of Teachers Building Society, said, “Christine represents tens of thousands of teachers across the UK, so it was a great opportunity to discuss how we can help teachers at the start of their careers and beyond. It is vital for us to be aware of the current issues as we pride ourselves on having a real understanding of teachers. Our relationship with the NUT remains extremely important to us.”
TBS was founded by the NUT in 1966 to help teachers buy their own homes. Today, the mortgage service is available to people who work in education as well as everyone in Dorset.