NEU Northern Ireland calls for review of cost of school uniforms during once in a generation cost-of-living crisis.
Joint unions express grave concerns over damage to education system of 2022/23 teacher pay award.
Extra INSET days to support the new curriculum were hard fought for by the unions, to support the workforce to plan for their learners.
NEU joint general secretaries write to Nadhim Zahawi as inflation hits 11.7%
The Government is once again ignoring advice from its own expert advisers in rejecting the call to make sure all families on Universal Credit are eligible for FSM.
The Office for Statistics Regulation has today agreed with the NEU’s complaint about the Government’s evidence document.
At a time when Black teachers especially in senior positions are so under-represented, it is unacceptable that the pipeline to teaching careers is blighted with racial disparities.
The Government continues to underfund SEND education, and its SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper does not contain the scale of ambition required to tackle this crisis.
Comment on the launch of the Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, including the introduction of a Natural History GCSE
Commenting on the passing of Motion 22 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union
Comment on the passing of Motion 19 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union
In the latest survey of 1,200 NEU members working as teachers and support staff in independent schools, there is a clear trend in falling living standards. And as pay stagnates, workload remains high.
The NEU's State of Education survey findings on the mental health challenges in schools
Comment on the passing of Motion 31 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union,
Comment on the passing of Motion 6 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union
With inflation running at 6.2% and projected by the Bank of England to rise to over 8% in the time ahead teachers are right to have rejected the pay offer made to them.
NEU analysis of the Government document shows that the evidence for forcing schools into MATs is badly flawed.
The new curriculum body must value teachers’ expertise and genuinely harness it so that we can support collaboration.
Imposing lower increases for more experienced teachers and headteachers is deeply unfair, will damage morale and will actually increase the retention problems already facing the profession.
Education unions are calling on the Government to avoid further pay cuts and urgently repair the damage that has already been done.
This report from the PAC highlights problems in the education system that are long standing and have seriously hindered the ability of schools to give every child the education they deserve.
This report exposes the lack of Government support and commitment to colleges.
We strongly criticise the Government’s decision to de-fund AGQs which include BTECs and Cam Techs at level 3. Scrapping these will massively impact disadvantaged students who f have used these qualifications to progress to higher education and into employment for years
Today saw an historic strike by NEU teacher members who work in Girls' Day School Trust's 23 independent schools.
In one week from now, on 10 February, teacher members of the NEU at Howells School will go on strike to defend their pensions.
Government needs to take urgent action to tackle the root causes of poverty, as well as the symptoms.
This report gives a clear message to Government that listening to the profession is of vital importance.
The Government shows that it recognises the problems but has failed to provide effective solutions.
Six trade unions representing the majority of education staff have issued a joint statement prior to the return of schools and colleges for the spring term.
This announcement won't have an impact on transmission rates in schools or make a significant difference to the turbulence that schools and colleges are experiencing due to Covid. This makes the case stronger for Government to introduce better mitigations.
The Estyn report on peer-on-peer harassment in schools in Wales shows us there is a need to support young people to make safe and healthy choices.
New NEU analysis finds distribution and shortfall in school funding will entrench social division.
Education unions call for pause to resumption of routine Ofsted inspections until after February half term.
Strike ballot to go ahead in Girls' Day School Trust's 23 independent schools.
Extra money for mental health support for the education workforce should mean that schools are able to identify and support staff with their wellbeing.
We hope this policy will increase take up of free school meals
Creative arts education should also be open to everyone, and creative activities may help our more disadvantaged learners to access the curriculum.
We have been involved in the campaign to bring flexibility to Northern Ireland’s school start for over a decade, and this consultation is a welcome step.
The report makes clear the perilous position of school finance at the local authority level. The deficit rose from £11 million in 2014-15 to £675 million in 2019-20.
Successive Governments’ failures to plan properly for an expected pandemic have obviously contributed to the Covid crisis
Post-16 education needs £6bn more in funding over the next three years.
The government response to sidesteps the questions of both racism and poverty.
NASUWT, NEU, UCU and UNISON have written to the Secretary of State for Education urging him to take action to ensure climate change education becomes fully embedded in the system.
150 representatives from maintained nursery schools in England march to Downing Street to deliver a petition to the Chancellor, calling on him to ‘take urgent action’ over funding.
NEU Cymru looking to work with the Welsh Government to make sure learners and staff are kept as safe as possible.
We agree with the LGA that more school-based counselling would be a sensible step given the increased number of young people with anxiety and mental health issues.
Schools cannot act alone. Urgent action to tackle the scourge of child poverty is needed from the Government.
Unreasonable and intensive workload, pay and lack of professional agency is driving teachers from the profession in ever increasing numbers. This must be addressed by the Government urgently.
The Education Secretary has the opportunity to address the problems of education underfunding, child poverty and the pandemic.
Education unions call for Prime Minister to ‘keep his promise’ on education in Comprehensive Spending Review.
Unfortunately, the researchers have drawn conclusions about the future of primary testing based on analysis of the regime almost ten years ago.
The decision by the Chief Medical Officers to encourage the take up of vaccinations by 12-15 year olds will be another tool to help pupils sustain their access to education throughout the autumn and winter.
The NEU along with others have today launched a set of climate and sustainability teaching resources to support Climate Learning Month taking place from October 2021 in the run-up to COP 26.
The recommendation by JCVI for the vaccination of 16 and 17-year-olds will certainly help to protect young people, their families and communities and minimise disruption to education next academic year.
Teachers and school leaders are united in their opposition to the Government's pay freeze.
The continued mistreatment of education professionals brings shame on this Government.
This has to change. We will not move our school system forward without engaging in serious thought about its problems. BERA's report is an opportunity to do that.
The NEU is committed to working with The Hamilton Commission to support and empower young Black people through education, and to widen opportunities.
The Government does not appear to be learning from its u-turns on free school meals and is ignoring the strong public support for meals in the holidays for these children.
Three education unions have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson expressing our anger and dismay at the way in which the government is treating school and college leaders.
The pandemic has meant that schools have not been focusing on moving towards to the new Curriculum 2022.
Welsh Government needs to put a Plan B in place and make funds available now, so education settings can start planning for next year.
NEU Cymru, Unite, and GMB have today launched a mental health and wellbeing survey which is open to anyone who works within the education sector in Wales.
Implementation of the new curriculum will not be mandatory for secondary schools in Wales until September 2023
Welsh Ministers have decided to go ahead with offering to vaccinate children.
It is important to understand that social class is the biggest determinant of educational success or failure. Too many children and young people are disengaged from the curriculum.
Government must act urgently to implement the recommendations of the National Food Strategy. No child should come to school too hungry to learn.
We are disappointed to read that Jeremy Miles is minded to accept the recommendation of a pay award for teachers across the board of only 1.75% with effect from 1 September 2021.
Sexual harassment is still trivialised and normalised throughout society, and we urgently need to boost the focus around both preventing and responding to the sexual harassment.
Labour Party figures show over half a million children have become reliant on free school meals during the pandemic.
Today is an important day which draws attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people around the world and here at home.
The fragmented academy system has serious structural problems and contradictions which are entirely the fault of this Government. What we need is greater coherence and investment in the democratic structures and support that bind schools to one another and to their communities.
The National Education Union and Runnymede Trust have endorsed classroom resources produced by the Stephen Hawking Foundation to tackle vaccine hesitancy and encourage critical thinking.
The NEU welcomes the fact that the Government has accepted the scientific consensus that the wearing of face coverings by staff and students in classrooms forms a key part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission of Covid-19 in schools and colleges.
This year’s Fred & Anne Jarvis Award has been given to Marcus Rashford MBE for his work in fighting food poverty.
The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is a fundamental part of a teacher’s remuneration.
We believe that this Bill attempts to solve a problem that does not exist, diverting the police into partisan ‘culture wars’, and restricting an inherent aspect of a free society – the right to protest.
There remains a job of work to do within the education sector about making sure employers make reasonable adjustments to retain and value their staff who are disabled.
In advance of the National Education Union’s annual conference, held online this week, more than 10,000 teachers, leaders and support staff from across the UK and in all school and college settings have made clear their views on the State of Education and the conditions under which they work.
Survey of members on how best to steer a course for education out of Covid.
During the pandemic, our supply members have been extremely disappointed by the behaviour of some of the supply agencies, who have refused to Furlough supply staff.
It is understandable that the Government would not have an off-the-shelf plan for schools having to operate under an extended lockdown, as was the case from March 2020, but it continued to dither and delay over many months.
Covid-19 safeguards are necessary but vigil policing was inappropriately handled and disturbing.
We all hope that this is the last lockdown. But the Government has not done enough to ensure this properly.
Ahead of the Chancellor's Budget statement this week, over 750 local councillors have signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for more support so that no child is left behind.
Boris Johnson has pressed ahead with this gamble on the wider opening of schools and colleges in one swoop and ignored the advice for a phased return.
Nine education organisations have joined together to issue a statement on the wider opening of schools and colleges in England.
Organisations representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England have united in opposing the Government’s pay freeze.
We must be mindful that everyone will be apprehensive about a potential rise in the virus levels if we open up too quickly, so a phased approach is welcome, as a safe return is essential.
Today the NEU launches a new Education Recovery Plan
In a survey of more than 2,500 National Education Union members, we asked staff working in schools in England and Wales to detail the impact of the pandemic on their disadvantaged students.
The National Education Union and the Daily Mirror launch Help a Child to Learn appeal with £1m for schools.
It is good that we now have an assurance from Gavin Williamson that school staff will be given two weeks' notice before reopening.
The NEU and UNISON have written to Gavin Williamson about the effect a significant extension to the number of pupils allowed back into school will have on Coronavirus transmission rates.
Full National Education Union Statement, 3rd January 2020
We are informing our members of their legal right to protection to be guided by the science. In order for viral levels in children and in the community to decrease to below R1 primary schools should not open in the first weeks of January.
Today, the National Education Union has taken the difficult decision to advise its members in primary and special needs schools, and early years settings, that it is unsafe to return to work on Monday.
SAGE told ministers that they needed to close schools to contain coronavirus, before Christmas.
NEU calls for new measures to ensure safe return of schools and colleges in January
NEU has today written to Gavin Williamson about his “inoperable” mass testing plan for secondary schools and colleges beginning in January.
NEU Cymru secondary members will be heartened to hear secondary schools are moving to a distance learning model in the last week of term. Our members in primary schools will still be concerned.
Trade unions representing staff in English further education colleges have today (Thursday) slammed the decision by the Association of Colleges (AoC) to offer a 1% pay increase and demanded to know what additional Government funding had been spent on.
We can see now that the virus is spreading in schools. We have more and more information all the time, and our priority must be keeping both learners and staff as safe as possible.
The Office for National Statistics' latest infection survey shows that secondary-age pupils now have the highest rate of infection of any age group and, whilst it has fallen a little as a result of the half-term holiday, it is likely to carry on increasing.
As schools and colleges reopen after half term, health and safety remains the top priority.
150,000+ teachers and support staff back the NEU, as we call for Parliament lockdown bill to include schools and colleges
The National Education Union is asking people to support and sign an open letter to the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, calling upon him to eradicate holiday hunger by providing Free School Meals (FSM) to all children who need them over the school holidays.
Boris Johnson continues to refuse to commit to Free School Meals in school holidays.
NEU Cymru hugely welcomes this decision from the Education Minister.
Today, the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) – the body which makes up the Teachers’ Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee has announced that it will be accepting the terms of the Pay and Workload Agreement presented to them on 8 April 2020.
NEU Cymru comment on Education Minister's announcement on last minute changes to A level grades
NEU Cymru are extremely pleased to see that Welsh Government will be using extra money to support local authorities and local bus operators, including extra money for school and college transport.
Today's confirmation of business as normal for the content of most subjects next year makes insufficient allowance for the disruption this year and allows no contingency for any further disruption as a result of local or regional lockdowns.
NEU Cymru welcomes the Education Minister’s commitment in providing much needed additional funding for universities, colleges and students in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The NEU agrees with the Committee that this rushed decision to merger, taken under cover of the Covid-19 pandemic, is likely to have dire consequences.
Our members have always welcomed the principles behind the new Curriculum. It is an opportunity for Wales to ensure that children have an opportunity to learn a curriculum with wellbeing at its heart.
NEU Cymru welcomes suspension of the categorisation system. It is important that safety is a focus ahead of September.
Advice from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland guidance on School Restart Programme, including responses to the questions asked by NEU members at the recent Zoom meeting.
Today’s data show the proportion of pupils in class sizes of 31+ now stands at 13.4% across primary and secondary. This accounts for almost 1 million children, a shocking figure.
Leaks of proposals for school re-opening in September are not helpful. Schools and parents need to see from Government a clearly thought-out plan outlining the scientific reasoning behind a return for all pupils.
A joint letter of agreement has been agreed and issued further to the announcement confirming that as a consequence of the current exceptional circumstances, the start of the academic year 20/21 will be from week commencing 17 August 2020.
NEU Cymru have written to the Minister for Education, Welsh Government to express deep concerns about the injustices and racial disparities that have been highlighted by the virus and by the horrific events of brutality against black people in the United States.
NEU Cymru clarifies issues surrounding wider opening of schools.
NEU launches call for funding for Local Government to co-ordinate 2020 Summer holiday offer for children and young people.
The NFER report shows that a quarter of pupils have limited access to IT at home. Gavin Williamson confirmed in the Commons last week that only around half of requests for the Government’s free laptop scheme for disadvantaged students have so far been met.
The National Education is proud to host an exclusive Black Lives Matter solidarity webinar, with guests including the Reverend Jesse Jackson Snr, and Diane Abbott MP, on Monday 15 June at 3pm.
NEU Cymru welcomes Welsh Government guidance on schools' wider opening.
Trade unions set out five tests Government and colleges must meet before staff and students can return.
A snapshot survey of 4,016 members of the National Education Union, reveals continued problems with health and safety even before wider opening.
NEU Cymru welcomes no date set for opening schools in Wales. Like everyone, we want learners to be back in their classrooms. But not until it is safe to do so.
Unions with members in the education sector are today (Wednesday) publishing a joint statement on the safe reopening of schools.
These studies raise real concerns about the impact that a wider re-opening of schools would have on the rate of Covid 19 transmission and its incidence in families.