Assessment

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.

Comment on Primary Assessment

Commenting on the Department for Education’s response to the Education Select Committee report on primary assessment, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

Comment on maths and English re-sits

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of education policy and research at the National Education Union, said: “The Department for Education’s report shows just how much work college teachers and lecturers are doing to support learners who are forced to re-sit English and maths GCSE.