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From the Classroom to the Convention Centre

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05 December 2008

MORE than 1,500 teachers will descend on Liverpool for six days next year for the National Union of Teachers' (NUT) annual conference.

The NUT has chosen to host its annual gathering at the city's BT Convention Centre, marking it the first time the prestigious event has been staged in Liverpool. The conference, which is expected to be attended by senior Government figures, will deliver a massive economic boost to the city.

Jacquie Rogers, BT Convention Centre General Manager, said: "The strength of our product offering at the BT Convention Centre has once again attracted a national organisation to Liverpool. "We are honoured to be hosting the NUT's conference and look forward to welcoming them to the city. "Because of its duration and the sheer number of delegates, the conference will deliver a significant boost to Liverpool. When one considers delegates' hotel, subsistence and entertainment costs, we're talking about a £1 million-plus shot in the arm for the regional economy."

Lucy Anderson, Assistant Secretary Resource Management from NUT, said: "We were looking for a venue in the North West and the BT Convention Centre ticked all the right boxes with its truly outstanding facilities. "There is a real buzz around Liverpool at the moment so it seemed like the perfect time for our members to experience all it has to offer." Delegates will be discussing everything from class size and workload to health and safety issues.