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Teacher Training

NEU is calling on Government to follow the example of Scotland by centrally employing newly qualified teachers from this September, so that the needs of schools are met and talent is not wasted.

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Behaviour Support

This announcement is silent about the pressures on disadvantaged schools, where more teachers are leaving. Heads and teachers are only too acutely aware of what they want to do more of in order to support students, but they can't because of funding and staffing cuts.

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Initial Teacher Training 2019

Initial Teacher Training recruitment figures in England - 2019 to 2020 released today, show that the Government has failed to recruit enough trainee teachers, based on its own targets.

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New Education Secretary

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union has commented on the appointment of Gavin Williamson as the new Education Secretary.

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Recruitment and Retention

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)’s first annual report on the teacher labour market in England.

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NEU comment on Language Hubs

The Government’s announcement of a network of ‘language hubs’ designed to boost the take-up of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at GCSE level, is not enough to address the shortage of MFL teachers, the NEU says.


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Teacher recruitment and retention

As pupil numbers rise, the Government needs to address the crisis in recruitment and retention, in particular by offering professional levels of pay and by reducing workload.

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