Joan Boyd

I have known Gawain for much of his 19 years as a union activist and in his role as executive officer for Reading Division. 

Gawain is a committed trade unionist, whose vision for education, and for those who work or study in the education system, is informed by sound knowledge and by a strong set of political values which underpin his ability to analyse and critique the issues of the day. 

He has campaigned tenaciously against SATs, GERM and the programme of academisation, to mention but a few, and for a fully funded national education service, with a broad and balanced curriculum for every student, which develops the creativity and the critical skills necessary to make the world a better place.

Very importantly, he worked tirelessly for professional unity for many years, and was a powerful and convincing advocate for the formation of the NEU.

Gawain is a strong and eloquent communicator and his belief in the campaigning force of the NEU, in the power of its members to improve the education system for all those who work or 

study in it, and to use those improvements more widely to build a better society in which racism and inequalities are effectively tackled, make his endorsement a pleasure to write.

Joan Boyd, retired secondary teacher, retired local Secretary, Reading

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