NEU comment on Ofqual: teacher involvement in content of exam papers

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commenting on the conclusions of Ofqual’s review into the involvement of teachers in the development of confidential assessment materials, including exam papers.

SATs preparation overtaking children’s lives - NEU/TES joint survey

Three-in-ten (30%) teachers and headteachers say their school expects children aged six to seven (Year 2) to do SATs revision at home, according to a joint survey by the National Education Union (NEU) and TES. This increases to more than 8 in ten (82%) schools expecting pupils aged 10 to 11 (Year 6) to revise for their SATs at home.

Government needs to answer questions before starting testing of four-year-olds, says NEU

The Government must answer some important questions before subjecting our four-year-old children to an experimental test, says the National Education Union.

NEU comment on Liberal Democrats’ education proposals

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the Liberal Democrats’ education proposals for their spring conference this coming weekend.

Campaign coalition launches critique of new Government test for four-year-olds – Labour backs it

At a meeting hosted by Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin this morning, parents, teachers and educational experts from the More Than a Score coalition will expose the flaws in the Government’s latest plans to test very young children, and call for the proposal to be dropped.

We don't need a national times tables test

Learning the times tables is an important part of the primary school curriculum, but we don't need another new assessment at a huge cost to schools to 'prove' it, says Anne Heavey.

Baseline – the test that nobody wants

"Baseline tests will not only be unreliable and invalid, but threaten to do harm to young children’s education". Ken Jones, from the National Education Union, takes a look at the problems with Baseline assessment.

Comment on GCSE results in England: 2016 to 2017

Commenting on the latest GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2016 to 2017, from the Department for Education (DfE), Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

Comment: EPI on Primary Education

Commenting on the Education Policy Institute report English Education: World Class in Primary?, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

Children as young as three are grouped by ‘ability’ to prepare for Phonics Screening Check and Key stage 1 SATs

New research, commissioned by the National Education Union (NEU), has found that using ‘ability’ groups takes place with children as young as three and that teachers worry that ‘low ability’ labels could have a lasting negative impact on children.