Articles from NEU

Every new teacher will be trained in spotting the signs of mental health issues

Commenting on an announcement by Theresa May that every new teacher will be trained in spotting the signs of mental health issues, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

Commitment by Labour to tackle inequality

Commitment by Labour to tackle inequality

National Education Union highlight the impact that real-terms cuts to school funding are having in Peterborough

Ahead of this week’s by-election in Peterborough, the National Education Union will be highlighting the impact that real-terms cuts to school funding are having in the city. We will be visiting schools and locations in Peterborough over three days (4-6 June) with our Ad Van displaying the total cuts in the area.

Funding Should Be Equal but not at a Cost to Schools, says ATL

At the Association of Colleges (AoC) Conference in Birmingham today, the Secretary of State for Education, Ruth Kelly MP, announced that the Government are planning to cut into the 13% funding gap between FE colleges and school "“ based sixth forms.

Labour to Make Climate Change Core Part of School Curriculum

Commenting on the announcement by Labour that climate change will form part of the core curriculum from primary school onwards, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

UN Special Rapporteur on Poverty in the UK

Commenting on the final report by Philip Alston, which identifies the “tragic consequences” of “ideological” cuts to public services since 2010, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

National Education Union members at The John Roan School strike

National Education Union members at The John Roan School, a secondary in Greenwich will be taking further strike action on Tuesday 14 May as part of their ongoing campaign to revoke the academy order imposed on the school and stop its forced academisation.

Kevin Courtney pays tribute to former NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy (1939-2019)

Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Education Union between 1989 and 2004, has died at the age of 80.

Is skills policy now too ‘employer-led’?

A consultation on the Institute of Apprenticeships (IfA) strategic plan closed last week. You can read ATL’s response to the proposals here. Another consultation, this time on the IfA’s draft operational plan, is currently open, with a deadline of 27 February.

How is the FE workforce reacting to the Area Reviews?

While ATL has been busy over the past twelve months, challenging ministers and civil servants at national and local levels on the lack of transparency and paucity of workforce engagement around the Area Reviews, there has been little public questioning of this policy.  ATL was pleased then, when the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy announced its inquiry into the Area Reviews.  At last, here is an opportunity to properly scrutinise and critique this policy, which has been implemented at breakneck speed and left confusion and dissatisfaction in its trail.

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