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Four things your school can do this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, let’s talk about sexism in schools - to ensure it is no longer just brushed under the carpet; to ensure it is no longer "just everywhere".

We don't need a national times tables test

Learning the times tables is an important part of the primary school curriculum, but we don't need another new assessment at a huge cost to schools to 'prove' it, says Anne Heavey.

Baseline – the test that nobody wants

"Baseline tests will not only be unreliable and invalid, but threaten to do harm to young children’s education". Ken Jones takes a look at the problems with Baseline assessment.

Latest press releases

NEU Comment on disadvantaged learners

19 April 2018: This report confirms that the Government’s education reform programme has failed some of our most disadvantaged learners. This should be a national scandal and education ministers should be ashamed of their record.

Sutton Trust report: Academy leaders sceptical about Academy freedoms

19 April 2018: This is another devastating blow to the Government’s academy programme. The polling confirms that schools in England are being starved of cash and that academy status does not bring the benefits Government claims.

Government needs to answer questions before starting testing of four-year-olds

11 April 2018: The Government must answer some important questions before subjecting our four-year-old children to an experimental test

Special education needs children being failed by education system

10 April 2018: Nearly a quarter (24%) of children with special educational needs are not in school according to a poll of parents released at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers section of the National Education Union.

Pressures at school making pupils suicidal – NEU survey

10 April 2018: Almost half (49%) of education staff say secondary school pupils have been suicidal because of stress they are under, according to a survey of the National Education Union (NEU), released at the ATL section annual conference.

Vulnerable SEN pupils at risk of exclusion due to funding cuts – NEU survey

10 April 2018: Children with special educational needs or disabilities are not getting the support they need and are at risk of being permanently excluded from school because of funding cuts, according to a National Education Union survey out today.

Support staff struggling with increasing workloads, says NEU survey

9 April 2018: Teaching assistants, school administrators and other support staff are having to work overtime to cope with the increasing workload as schools cut staffing to cope with budget cuts

FOI requests to MATs reveal shocking disparity in asbestos management.

6 April 2018: The continuing presence of asbestos in the majority of schools and academies is a national scandal - putting the lives of pupils and staff at risk.

Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

2 April 2018: Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks

Special Educational Needs funding in crisis

1 April 2018: The National Education Union (NEU) is today publishing data from Government and local authorities showing the impact of the Government’s funding cuts on students with the greatest educational needs.

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