• Commenting on new research published by the Sutton Trust including polling of parents and teachers on their views on school admissions, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “To ensure the same educational and training opportunities are available to all there needs to be a level playing field. Social segregation has lasting effects, letting down pupils…
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  • In close consultation with NEU representatives, the Trust has ended its use of performance-related pay (PRP), meaning teachers make automatic progress up the pay scale. NET has also adopted a policy of “live marking”, meaning teachers no longer mark large numbers of books during evenings and weekends. The effect of this has been to give staff more time to plan exciting and engaging lessons for…
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  • Commenting on the Department for Education’s report on baseline assessment conducted by RBA, published today, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "This is a far from conclusive assessment of baseline. The DfE's report demonstrates only that baseline assessment meets the requirements set out for it by the DfE, which is no real statement at all. The test…
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  • NEU is recognised by more independent sector employers than any other union. Approximately 100 independent schools negotiate staff terms and conditions with NEU, of which roughly half include all support staff as well as teachers. As a modern trade union, NEU believes in the ethos of the school community and that the contribution of all staff is equally important. Consequently, the NEU welcomes…
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  • However, the National Education Union Cymru also notes that the Welsh Government also has a responsibility to ensure that they maximise the amount received from the block grant for the provision of education. David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said: “Austerity from the UK Government has had an enormous impact on schools in Wales. Since austerity…
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  • This governing body agrees that ‘learning walks’ (including other short visits to classes such as drop-ins) will only be carried out in accordance with the NEU classroom observation protocol. Learning walks may take place in order to collect evidence about teaching and learning, evidence of progress and areas for school development. They are intended to be developmental and constructive rather…
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  • The National Education Union Cymru say members are still experiencing negative, judgemental criticism which lowers morale and esteem as opposed to supportive, constructive criticism which focuses on the positive and builds morale which inevitably affects teaching and learning within a school. The policy, supported by teachers from across Wales at the union’s conference in Newport, called on the…
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