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    State of Education: Assessment

    In the latest annual survey of 1,788 National Education Union members, conducted ahead of Annual Conference in Bournemouth, we asked about nationally set assessments, including Key Stage 2, GCSEs and A Levels.

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    Exclusions

    Comment on the passing of Motion 21 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Conversion therapy

    Comment on the passing of an urgent motion at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Long Covid

    Comment on the passing of Motion 44 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Palestine

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 43 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Unio

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    Pay claim

    Comment on the passing of Motion 14 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Support Staff Conditions

    Comment on the passing of Motion 12 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Schools White Paper

    Comment on the passing of an urgent motion on the Schools White Paper at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    School Libraries

    Comment on the passing of Motion 37 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Tackling Pornography

    Comment on the passing of Motion 36 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Education funding

    Comment on the passing of Motion 35 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Primary education

    Comment on the passing of Motion 34 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    State of Education: Poverty

    The latest annual survey of 1,788 National Education Union members, conducted ahead of Annual Conference in Bournemouth, shows the strength of feeling about and widespread witnessing of child poverty in England’s schools.

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    Coming out

    Comment on the passing of Motion 20 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Fighting for Support Staff

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 42 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Vocational education

    Comment on the passing of Motion 41 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Launch of NEU Anti-Racist Charter

    Comment on the launch of the National Education Union’s Anti-Racist Charter framework at Annual Conference in Bournemouth

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    Climate crisis

    Comment on the passing of Motion 16 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Anti-Racism

    Comment on the passing of Motion 15 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Child Q

    Comment on the passing of an urgent motion on Children’s Rights and Police in Schools at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    Replace Ofsted campaign launch

    Today, the National Education Union (NEU) has launched a new accountability campaign and national petition calling for the replacement of Ofsted with a new approach to school and college evaluation which is supportive, effective and fair.

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    Pay

    Comment on the passing of Motion 10 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    GCSEs and A Levels

    Comment on the passing of Motion 7 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union

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    State of Education: The Profession

    The latest annual survey of 1,788 National Education Union members, conducted ahead of Annual Conference in Bournemouth, shows a rise in the number of teachers intending to leave the profession.

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    Funding for Nursery Schools

    The NEU is determined that the early years sector will not be the poor relation of the education system.

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    Venezuela

    The sweeping sanctions and economic blockade imposed on Venezuela are blunt instruments that have led to ordinary people suffering inhumanely.

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    Post-16 Sector

    If the Government is to achieve its agenda of levelling up and the promise of better jobs, it must restore funding and pay in the sector.

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    Workload

    Analysis after analysis and survey upon survey continue to demonstrate that teacher workload remains unsustainable and is the main driver for leaving the profession.

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    Supply Staff

    The Covid crisis has demonstrated even more reasons to change the way that we organise the provision of supply staff in schools.

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    Pride in Our Union

    We've got to assert that homophobic and transphobic discrimination doesn't go unnoticed or unchallenged.

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    Harassment, Abuse and Violence Against Women

    Sexism has real negative consequences for girls and for female staff, who disproportionately experience sexual violence and harassment. If we want different outcomes for girls, we need to start doing things differently.

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    Anti-racism charter

    It is urgent that all Black students can access a positive, engaging and representative curriculum.

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    Combat Climate Breakdown in School and Beyond

    The Government should recognise the power of education in the fight against climate change and ensure that the school curriculum addresses the climate emergency, the effects of climate change and what we can do to mitigate it.

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    PSHE, RSE and LGBT+ Inclusive Education

    We can't work towards equality in society or tackle discrimination in workplaces unless we talk positively about LGBT+ people across the curriculum.

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    Abolish Ofsted and League Tables

    Ofsted is not an agent of change. It is a blunt instrument – a wholly negative presence in schools, never offering constructive advice.

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    Stop Toxic Testing

    Today, the Union has set out the measures government should take to learn from the failures of the past and to open up our narrow, test-driven and restrictive education system so that it benefits all learners, from the early years to adulthood.

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    GCSE and A-Levels

    The pandemic has exposed the flaws that exist when awarding GCSE and A-Level grades even in a normal year.

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    Maternity discrimination

    Sexism and sexist biases including pregnancy and maternity discrimination mean that women in the education sector are losing out in status and pay.

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    A Diverse and Inclusive Curriculum

    In place of micro-management, teachers need space to make a curriculum that is broad and balanced, offering opportunities for creativity, exploration and for meaningful, collaborative learning.

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    Pay Freeze

    The Government's ideologically-driven pay freeze is both unjustified and unfair.

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    Covid-19 and Workload

    The problem of high workload predates the pandemic and will, unfortunately, survive it.

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    Protecting Black Lives in Education

    Throughout 2020 and 2021, racism and the value of Black lives has been the subject of persistent and painful news stories, and the Covid pandemic has laid bare the extent of racial inequalities in all areas of social policy.

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    Rising child poverty

    The last ten years has seen a dramatic rise in child poverty across the UK – and without drastic, immediate action from Government the numbers will increase.

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    Covid-19 and Safe Return

    Everything that can be done must be done to ensure that schools and colleges remain open wherever possible.

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    Annual conference 2020 cancelled

    Today the NEU’s National Officers have made the decision to cancel annual conference, due to take place in Bournemouth 6-9 April.

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    Making news toolkit for schools

    The National Education Union Cymru will launch the ‘Making News Toolkit for Schools’ online resource to its members at their Annual Conference in Newport on 9 November.

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    Post-16 colleges

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 36 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “NEU members are calling on politicians and the public to recognise the weakened and fragmented state of the post-16 sector.

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    Challenging stereotypes and empowering young people

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 10 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Alongside everything we need education to achieve, we need it to give children the confidence to follow their own individual interests.

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    Supply teachers and agencies

    Commenting on the passing of Motions 20 and 22 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “NEU members have supported two motions calling for urgent action to stop the exploitation of supply teachers and schools by employment agencies.

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    Accountability and Assessment

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 30 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: "The resolution demonstrates the conviction of those who work in English education that our system of assessment and accountability is not fit for purpose".

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    Abolish the anti-union laws

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 37 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The 2016 Trade Union Act was a blatant attempt by the Conservative Government to weaken the ability of trade unionists to take action to defend their jobs, pay and working conditions.

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    Valid assessment for all

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 35 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “With this resolution, the Union adds its voice to the rising concern about the effects and educational value of exams at 16+.

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    EPI on Offrolling

    Commenting on Unexplained Pupil Exits From Schools: A Growing Problem?, the Education Policy Institute (EPI)’s major new analysis, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: "The issue of 'offrolling' is rising up the political agenda. NEU members' concerns about offrolling led the Union to sponsor this EPI research into informal exclusions".

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    Change needs to come from within

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 32 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: "Progress against racism in workplaces is far too slow.

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    Valuing disabled teachers

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 33 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Disabled teachers are undervalued for the contribution they make to their schools and colleges.

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    A national education service

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 28 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “All children and young people have a right to a high-quality education in a good local school.