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The Government is consulting on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

We need you to share your views! The online consultation is open until 7th November and you can use our briefing paper for advice on how to respond.

World Mental Health Day

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Dr Mary Bousted writes about the impact of school funding cuts on pupils with SEND and poor mental health.

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.

Latest press releases

GCSE Performance Statistics

16 October 2018: “Today’s results show EBacc entries continuing to plateau, confirming that the Department for Education must abandon the delusional expectation that 90% of young people will take it. Teachers and leaders, who know their students better than ministers ever could, continue to reject the policy", Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union.

Union leaders join forces for pre-budget video

11 October 2018: Headteachers and teachers across England are being encouraged to write to their MPs over the school funding crisis in the run-up to the Budget on 29 October.

Ofsted Chief outlines changes to education inspection framework

11 October 2018: “The National Education Union welcomes the Chief Inspector’s admission that Ofsted’s focus on data has been a major factor in schools becoming exam factories," Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union

Education Policy Institute’s damning report on UTCs

11 October 2018: “The National Education Union has said from the very start that UTCs were not viable. It was clear from the outset that seeking to attract pupils at age 14 was a policy doomed to failure", Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union.

NEU comment on Apprenticeships

8 October 2018: The government need to do more to ensure that young people have the opportunity to access apprenticeships. While there is certainly the demand from young people, employers are reluctant to hire them, preferring to recruit older and existing employees.

NEU comment on EPI on Mental Health Services

7 October 2018: Schools must be enabled to support pupils' mental health and promote well-being, but they cannot do it alone. In the majority of schools, pastoral systems and personalised support are being cut because of the real-terms funding cuts. Students need a qualified counsellor in every school but the current funding crisis is reducing, not widening, access to counsellors.

NEU comment on Theresa May’s Speech

3 October 2018: Headteachers, teachers, support staff and parents will be utterly dismayed by the Prime Minister’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference today, in which she did not address the school funding crisis.

Joint union letter to Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer

3 October 2018: Along with ASCL and NAHT, we've written to Theresa May and Philip Hammond to warn of the impact of the Government’s recent pay settlement

NEU comment on Damian Hinds’ speech at the 2018 Conservative Party Conference

2 October 2018: “At a time when there is a shortfall in funding of £2 billion a year in real terms compared to three years ago, today’s announcement of additional money is a drop in the ocean," says NEU.

NEU workload survey: DfE and Ofsted need to do much more to reduce teacher workload

2 October 2018: NEU's latest survey on workload reveals that unnecessary practices surrounding marking, planning, and data collection in schools, are having a significant impact on teacher workload.

NEU unveils billboards with questions for the Education Secretary during Conservative Party Conference

1 October 2018: NEU will be unveiling billboards during the Education Secretary Damian Hinds' speech to the Conservative Party Conference on October 2 for twenty-four hours asking questions about school funding.

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