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UK Disability History Month 2018

Richard Rieser UK Disability History Month coordinator writes on how UKDHM 2018 will focus on Disability and Music.

Damian Hinds has ignored the STRB

Whilst he has made some steps in the right direction he must now commit to implementing the STRB report in full and the Treasury must commit to funding it in full.

World Mental Health Day

Dr Mary Bousted writes about the impact of school funding cuts on pupils with SEND and poor mental health.

Latest press releases

Ofsted annual report 2018

4 December 2018: “Devoid of effective ideas to raise educational standards and complicit in enforcing the narrowing of the curriculum and teaching to the test practices it now deplores, Ofsted is now an agency which is distrusted by teachers and school leaders," NEU comments.

Initial Teacher Training

29 November 2018: “We are at a crisis in secondary teacher recruitment. For the sixth year in a row, the Department for Education has failed to recruit enough secondary teachers overall, based on its own targets". Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union.

NEU and Sex Education Forum survey finds significant gaps in sex education in England

27 November 2018: A poll of young people shows gaps in Relationship and Sex Education on sexual grooming, abusive relationships and how to get help if they are sexually assaulted.

Enough is enough! March for Education

19 October 2018: Trade unions, campaigners, councillors, parents and school students to march for education on Tuesday 20 November.

Delays to the Government’s Asbestos Management Assurance Process

16 November 2018: This week the DfE reopened its ‘Asbestos Management Assurance Process’, an exercise which asks school employers to declare whether they are compliant with their legal duty to manage asbestos in their schools. NEU comments on the delays.

Undervalued and underpaid, NEU survey of independent school staff finds

10 November 2018: Our independent sector pay & conditions survey reveals that pay in private schools is failing to keep pace with inflation, and that staff continue to experience high levels of workload, much of it unpaid.

NEU comment on teacher workload

5 November 2018: The experience of the last few years tell us that, despite DfE recommendations to the contrary, schools will persist in practices which increase workload, because the risks of failure - measured in test scores - have become so high. Our assessment system needs a deeper rethinking than this report provides.

Three education unions to simultaneously consult members after Budget fails to address funding crisis

5 November 2018: The National Education Union (NEU), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) will be seeking views on how best to take forward the campaign for improved funding ahead of next year’s comprehensive spending review.

NEU comment on Budget speech

29 October 2018: The Chancellor has shown in this budget the depth of his ignorance on school funding. Schools have a £2 billion shortfall in funding a year – which is set to get worse. Capital funding has been cut by a third. A £400 million one off payment for ‘little extras’ will do nothing to address this.

NEU comment on Equity in Education

23 October 2018: It is the Government’s responsibility to create the conditions in which children are well fed and clothed and living in decent accommodation. These are the basic conditions for learning. Yet there are over four million children living in poverty in the UK currently, two thirds of whom are in working families.

Venue Change: Parents, councillors and education unions hand in petition to DfE on special needs funding for children.

22 October 2018: Notice of change of venue for those meeting to hand in the School Cuts coalition petition tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October.

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