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Are you ready for Relationship and Sex Education?

We recently asked National Education Union members what they thought about the proposed changes to the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and PSHE. Respondents were positive about the reforms, but just 28% were confident about their school’s readiness.

How bad does a teacher recruitment crisis have to be before the DfE calls it a crisis?

At the end of November, amid a landslide of other reports and information, the DfE released the results of its 2017/18 Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Census.

We need to talk about baseline

With the news that the DfE has restarted attempts to create a reception baseline by publishing a £10 million tender for a new test, Sue Cowley, looks at why teachers, parents, unions and schools need to join together and boycott baseline assessment.

Latest press releases

Good vocational qualifications are needed, but Government’s T-level plans are flawed

14 February 2018: Young people need high quality vocational qualifications, but the Government’s T-level plans are flawed according to the National Education Union (NEU). In its submission to the Department for Education’s consultation on the implementation of T-levels, the NEU says that while T-levels are desirable, they are not necessarily deliverable.

NEU comment on times tables trial

14 February 2018: Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on government plans to trial times table tests for primary children.

PSHE and SRE should both be compulsory for all school children

9 February 2018: Teaching children and young people personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and relationships and sex education (RSE) is vital, according to a survey of members of the National Education Union (NEU).

Joint union letter to Secretary of State - teacher recruitment and retention

7 February 2018: ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice have written to Damian Hinds following his attendance at the January Programme of Talks meeting.

Schools forced to cut teachers’ and teaching assistants’ posts to make ends meet

7 February 2018: Real terms cuts to school funding since 2015 have led to a big reduction in the number of secondary teachers, teaching assistants and support staff in England

Comment on education outcomes of children with English as an Additional Language

7 February 2018: Dr Mary Bousted has commented on the publication of The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and The Bell Foundation’s report: Educational Outcomes of Children with English as an Additional Language,

Government jeopardising fire safety in schools

2 February 2018: The National Education Union and the Fire Brigades Union have today written to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, about the schools being rebuilt without fire sprinklers.

NEU calls for a significant increase in teacher pay

2 February 2018: The National Education Union is calling for a significant pay increase for teachers to help address the growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, pay teachers fairly and help deliver the best possible education for pupils.

Comment on Northern Powerhouse Partnership

1 February 2018: Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the Northern Powerhouse Partnership report Educating the North: Driving ambition through the Powerhouse.

National Education Union Cymru Respond to School Categorisation

1 February 2018: NEU Cymru has given its reaction to the publication of this years School Categorisation results.

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