Assessment

Changes to GCSEs and A-levels are damaging students’ mental health and increasing teachers’ workload – NEU poll

Changes to this year’s GCSEs and A-levels have damaged students’ mental health, according to a snap-shot poll by the National Education Union (NEU).

NEU comment on GCSE results

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “Congratulations to the students and teachers on achieving their results today, even with the issues with this years’ grading.

Well done to students, but new GCSEs are narrowing the curriculum and adding to student stress, says NEU

Well done to the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve this year’s GCSE results. But the increased GCSE content is narrowing the curriculum and the return to assessment by end-of-course exams is damaging students’ mental health, says the National Education Union.

Congratulations to students, but high-stakes A-levels do not demonstrate what students can do, says NEU

Congratulations to everyone receiving their AS- and A-level results today. The results will be a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by students, their families and school and college staff in the face of all the changes to these qualifications, says the National Education Union.

National Education Union comments on SATs Results (Key Stage 2)

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the release of the latest Key Stage 2 SATs results,

SATs do not benefit children’s learning and are bad for their well-being – NEU survey

Children crying, having nightmares and being so stressed they needed extra support to cope with SATs were highlighted by primary teachers in a National Education Union (NEU) survey on the primary assessment.

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.