• This checklist should be used alongside the NEU’s model policy on work/life balance to help you negotiate a policy acceptable to the union. Non-negotiable points (ie those required by law or union policy) are highlighted in red. You may not be able to secure everything on this checklist – if that is the case, you will need…
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  • Tackling stress is paramount to effective management of health and wellbeing in every workplace, including schools. While every job brings its own demands and pressures, people’s ability to deal with pressure is not limitless. Excessive pressure can cause stress, which is harmful. It is widely recognised that teaching is one of the most stressful professions.
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  • Joint NEU general secretaries Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney have written to the Head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Lisa Osofsky, calling for an inquiry into Collective Spirit Free School and Manchester Creative Studio School. The two schools were closed in 2017 and 2018 respectively following a series of educational, safeguarding and governance failings and allegations of financial…
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  • Commenting on the British Council study Boys studying foreign languages at GCSE in schools in England, commissioned by the Education Policy Institute, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Gender stereotypes limit opportunities for both boys and girls. While schools do a great deal to provide all students with a broad and balanced curriculum, as…
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  • Commenting on a working paper published today which examines the mental health and wellbeing of teachers in England, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:
    “There is no doubt that the excessive demands upon education staff and the poor working practices they endure in schools and colleges are helping create a toxic work environment, leading…
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