Campaigns

Together we will build an education system of which we can all be proud.

There is crisis in education.  Funding cuts are hitting schools, workload is at a record high and the assessment and accountability system is broken, driving excessive workloads.  Add to this eight years of barely-rising pay and it is no wonder there is a recruitment and retention crisis.

This is why it is so vital that the NEU works with allies to articulate our alternative vision and to win on the key issues of workload, funding, assessment and pay.

Funding

In recent months our joint union campaign, School Cuts, has been successful in keeping funding at the top of the political agenda, with our pressure pushing the Government to allocate an extra £1.3bn of cash for schools last year. But it is not enough to address the cuts already felt and schools are still struggling. We are calling for an immediate increase in funding for schools to reverse the real-terms cuts already experienced, as well as a wider review into the amount of money needed to provide a great education system in the future.

Funding

In recent months our joint union campaign, School Cuts, has been successful in keeping funding at the top of the political agenda, with our pressure pushing the Government to allocate an extra £1.3bn of cash for schools last year. But it is not enough to address the cuts already felt and schools are still struggling. We are calling for an immediate increase in funding for schools to reverse the real-terms cuts already experienced, as well as a wider review into the amount of money needed to provide a great education system in the future.

Workload

In March, the DfE and Ofsted jointly launched a video detailing the tasks around planning, marking and data that Ofsted does not want to see, and which your head should not ask for. The Government is now poised to launch a workload reduction toolkit for leaders, teachers and education professionals to support them in looking for ways to reduce workload. Use our step-by-step guide to reducing workload now.

Workload

In March, the DfE and Ofsted jointly launched a video detailing the tasks around planning, marking and data that Ofsted does not want to see, and which your head should not ask for. The Government is now poised to launch a workload reduction toolkit for leaders, teachers and education professionals to support them in looking for ways to reduce workload. Use our step-by-step guide to reducing workload now.

Assessment

Despite abandoning it in 2015, the Government is in the process of reintroducing the Baseline assessment for children in Reception. The Government has not yet been able to provide answers to the key questions around Baseline. The More Than A Score coalition has produced a dossier exploring these issues in further detail. Find it and sign the MTAS petition opposing Baseline.

Assessment

Despite abandoning it in 2015, the Government is in the process of reintroducing the Baseline assessment for children in Reception. The Government has not yet been able to provide answers to the key questions around Baseline. The More Than A Score coalition has produced a dossier exploring these issues in further detail. Find it and sign the MTAS petition opposing Baseline.

Pay

The NEU is calling for higher pay for all teachers to address the recruitment and retention crisis. We have called on the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) to recommend an immediate 5% increase for school teachers from September 2018, followed by further action to restore the 15% real-terms cut in pay since 2010. Read our guidance on how to secure fair pay in your workplace,

Pay

The NEU is calling for higher pay for all teachers to address the recruitment and retention crisis. We have called on the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) to recommend an immediate 5% increase for school teachers from September 2018, followed by further action to restore the 15% real-terms cut in pay since 2010. Read our guidance on how to secure fair pay in your workplace,

Cymru/Wales

In Wales, the NEU is campaigning to establish collective bargaining as the future mechanism for determining teachers' pay and conditions. The NEU wants to retain a national pay structure for all teachers and senior leaders, with clear and transparent mechanisms for pay progression through national pay scales, and pay portability between all schools in Wales.

Cymru/Wales

In Wales, the NEU is campaigning to establish collective bargaining as the future mechanism for determining teachers' pay and conditions. The NEU wants to retain a national pay structure for all teachers and senior leaders, with clear and transparent mechanisms for pay progression through national pay scales, and pay portability between all schools in Wales.