Over 54,000 NEU primary members took the time to tell us what they think of high-stakes tests in schools. It was the biggest-ever indicative ballot of primary members and a massive 97% of those polled said they support our campaign against SATs.*

The results are now being analysed and the union’s National Executive will discuss them on Saturday 13 July before deciding the next steps in the campaign to change the current assessment regime. 

Commenting on the result of the indicative ballot, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The NEU’s indicative ballot of primary school members shows there is resounding support for a change to primary assessment. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party all have major concerns about our SATs-dominated system and have pledged to change it.

“Government now needs to listen, and to accept the need to change a culture in which too many classrooms are dominated by teaching to the test, at the expense of the learning and wellbeing of our children.”


Editor’s Note

The indicative ballot by the National Education Union was conducted from 4 June to 2 July 2019.

Number of papers issued: 141,107

Total papers returned: 54,591 (39%)

An indicative ballot is a way for the union to understand what members think about an issue and if they feel strongly enough to take industrial action. The NEU rulebook stipulates that the union must undertake an indicative ballot before progressing to an industrial action ballot.

An indicative ballot is not a statutory ballot and therefore is not bound by any legal process. It does not, therefore, need to meet the legal ballot thresholds for formal ballots (50% of all members to vote and 40% of all members to vote yes) to take legal action.


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