• Teachers buying more basic equipment for pupils, survey finds
    Teachers say they are increasingly dipping into their own pocket to provide basic classroom resources and essentials for pupils, a union survey has found. Nearly half of the 4,386 teachers surveyed by NASUWT said they spent their own money on buying basic necessities in the last year. Three-quarters said they ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-19
  • NEU vows to mobilise parents to ‘ramp up’ school cuts campaign
    The National Education Union will “ramp up” campaigning on school funding and seek to mobilise parents on the campaign trail if there is a general election this year, one of its leaders has said. Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretary of the NEU, told the union’s annual conference in Liverpool ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-18
  • Trust halts restructuring plan for rural primaries after parent protests
    Parent power has prompted an academy trust to halt restructuring plans that involved making a headteacher redundant to balance the books. The Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust, which runs 14 Church of England schools across Leicestershire, planned to make Edy O’Connor redundant from his role as headteacher at Swinford Primary ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-18
  • Too many children are disappearing from school rolls
    There are still too many unexplained exits from schools, at a level that cannot be in the best interests of either schools or pupils, says Jo Hutchinson Children are being pushed around the school system in England on an industrial scale. The number of anecdotal reports of off-rolling has become ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-18
  • Two-fifths of headteachers axe school trips to save money
    Two-fifths of headteachers say they have had to cut back on school trips in an effort to save money. According to a poll for The Sutton Trust, an educational charity which aims to improve social mobility, more than two thirds of secondary school senior leaders have also cut back on ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-18
  • EPI: 50,000 pupils ‘pushed around school system’ in ‘unexplained’ moves
    Nearly 50,000 pupils in a single year group were removed from school rolls for “unexplained” reasons, a major new study has found. The Education Policy Institute has found one in 12 pupils due to finish secondary school in 2017 (8.1 per cent) were removed from school rolls for reasons that ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-18
  • More pupils miss out on preferred primaries in high-demand areas
    Fewer youngsters have been offered a place at any of their preferred schools in September, an analysis of the councils facing the biggest squeeze on primary places has revealed. More than 600,000 youngsters were told yesterday which primary school they will attend in September. National statistics will not be published ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-17
  • NASUWT union staff vote for further strikes over pay and pensions
    Staff at the NASUWT teaching union will strike again in a dispute over their pay and pensions after voting to back a second round of industrial action. The GMB union, which represents workers at the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, says it has secured “overwhelming backing” ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-17
  • Let councils regulate ‘draconian’ school behaviour policies, says NEU
    The rise of “draconian” and “inhumane” behaviour approaches is damaging the mental health and education of pupils, the National Education Union has said, after its members voted in favour of council oversight of behaviour policies in all schools. At the union’s annual conference in Liverpool this morning, delegates voted to ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-17
  • Four-fifths of teachers say pupils’ mental health is getting worse
    Teachers have warned of a growing “crisis” in pupil mental health, with over 80 per cent saying the problems have got worse in the last two years. Less than half of the 8,000 teachers, school leaders and support staff surveyed by the National Education Union also reported having a school ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-17
  • Teachers face going unpaid over summer holidays as five trusts plan notice-period change
    Up to five academy trusts are at loggerheads with unions over their plans to shake up teachers’ pay and conditions – which could see staff go unpaid during the summer holidays, Schools Week understands. It has also been revealed that another trust recently backed down on similar plans, following discussions ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-16
  • SATs are the fairest way to judge pupil progress
    Teachers and pupils should not have any reason to be stressed about SATs, and it is up to headteachers to ensure that is the case, says Cassie Young Exam season is upon us, and that brings with it the inevitable calls for the end of tests. Jeremy Corbyn has pledged ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-16
  • Corbyn: Labour will scrap SATs
    Labour will scrap SATs and abolish the new reception baseline test, Jeremy Corbyn has announced. The opposition leader told the annual conference of the National Education Union today that his party will end the “regime of extreme pressure testing” if it wins power. Labour intends to introduce a “more flexible ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-16
  • Make LGBT+ education compulsory in all schools, says NEU
    England’s largest teaching union will lobby the government to make teaching about LGBT+ relationships compulsory in all schools. The National Education Union has today voted to campaign for a strengthening of new government guidance on relationships and sex education to force all primary and secondary schools to teach LGBT+ education. ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-16
  • Keeping schools mentally healthy: sometimes young people just need to talk
    Sometimes young people just want to talk, says Lisa Fathers, who explains how the devolved administration in Greater Manchester has trained up teachers and peer mentors to provide mental health support in schools The recent figures from the Children’s Commissioner highlighting that a third of areas in England are reducing ... read more
    Source: Schools WeekPublished on 2019-04-16