SHADOW Education Secretary Angela Rayner is to meet young teachers at a union conference.

The MP will speak to delegates at the National Union of Teachers Northern Region’s Regional Early Career Teachers event taking place in Newcastle this weekend.

During the weekend, teachers debate how to ensure their classrooms remain creative spaces and how to campaign locally on issues like excessive assessment, school funding and workload.

NUT Northern Regional Secretary, Mike McDonald, said: “We are delighted that Angela Rayner is able to join us for what should be an extremely enjoyable and productive weekend.

“We’re particularly pleased that the Shadow Education Secretary is willing to listen to the first-hand experiences of young teachers in the region, who know all too well the effects that funding cuts are having on schools.

“Redundancies, removal of subjects at Sixth Form and lack of resources like text books and IT facilities are harming the education that schools across the Northern Region are able to provide for children.

“We hope Angela Rayner will join us in our campaign to end these cuts and properly fund our schools.”

The annual event, which has been running for about 10 years, is aimed at giving early career and young teachers the opportunity to get tips on improving their practice, as well as learning more about the workings of the NUT.