Category Archive: Campaigns

  1. Lancashire Speakers at #NUT17

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    Amendment 12.3 (motion 12 was on education funding), moved by Sam Ud-din and seconded by Siobhan Collingwood. The amendment starts at 31 minutes.

    Motion 37 was about primary assessment. Amendment 37.1 was moved and seconded by Siobhan Collingwood and Jessica Christie. The amendment starts at 10:30.

    See National Officer of the Year Sam Ud-din receive his award.

  2. Save Our Schools – Rally in Lancaster

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    A free bus will be running from East Lancashire, leaving from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School at 9.15am. Seats are limited – please contact Sarah Bedwell on 07736 151235 or to book places.

  3. Primary Assessment Campaign

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    The pressure on children and schools from a broken system can’t go on. Teachers are adamant that the fiasco of primary assessment 2015/16 must not be repeated this year. Primary assessment is not fit for purpose. It is harming children’s learning and, in some cases, their well-being.

    Justine Greening’s announcement is a step in the right direction, but it will not substantially change the situation facing teachers and their pupils this year.  There is more that needs to be done, and every reason for teachers to continue their campaign.

    What the NUT working with other unions have achieved through building the pressure on the DfE:

    • The DfE has admitted that there are flaws in the 2016 data. As a result it must not be used as the sole means to pass judgement on a school.
    • The proposed KS2 resits for Year 7 pupils, a Conservative manifesto commitment, have been scrapped
    • There will be no new tests until at least 2018-19, meaning new multiplication tests for KS2 children will not be brought in this year
    • The KS1 SPaG test will remain non-statutory this year
    • There will be new guidance for the moderation of teacher assessment of writing, with mandatory local authority training.
    • There is an indication that floor and coasting standards will be used to identify the need to support ‘current leadership teams’, rather than to trigger intervention.
    • The long-delayed Rochford Review for children working below the national curriculum has been published
    • There will be consultation on the role of teacher assessment and accountability.

    However, the unions must continue to build pressure and negotiate with the DfE to secure real change for children and schools. The reforms that have been secured do not go far enough to improve the experience of children and teachers.

    • Judgements about pupils’ writing will still be made on the basis of a secure fit, rather than a best fit model, and the tick-box, ‘prove it’ approach to assessment has not gone away. 
    • The inappropriate KS1 and KS2 reading tests will be largely unchanged
    • The much-criticised KS2 SPaG test remains statutory
    • Data from the discredited 2016 assessment round will still be used to influence judgments of schools. Because coasting schools judgements are based on three years of data, schools may be impacted by the problems of 2015-16 until the end of 2017-18
    • There is no real improvement to the situation for children with SEND
    • The consultation offered must address teachers and parents’ fundamental concerns about the current system- the narrowing of the curriculum, impact on inclusion, and pressure on children and teachers.

  4. Enough is Enough

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    Today, the NUT announced that members in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to protect pay and working conditions. In the NUT’s ballot, 91.7% voted in favour of strike action.

    The NUT is calling the first day of strike action on 5 July. The strike demands are to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

    Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

    “The NUT is not taking action lightly. In light of the huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions, and unmanageable and exhausting workloads, teachers cannot be expected to go on without significant change.

    “The effects on children’s education are also real and damaging. As a result of school funding cuts, class sizes in primary and secondary schools are increasing, subject choices are being cut, and children are getting less individual attention as teachers and support staff are made redundant or not replaced when they leave. There is worse to come, with the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicting that the biggest real terms cuts to per pupil funding in a generation are on the way.

    “There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools. Without significant change to the pay and working condition of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns.

    “At the absolute minimum, schools urgently need extra funding to meet the additional costs Government has put on them through increased National Insurance and pension payments. This amounts to a 5% charge on the teachers’ pay bill for schools. George Osborne is freezing the cash per pupil he gives to schools, whilst increasing what he takes from them. For every 20 teachers employed, a school has to find an extra teacher salary to give to the Treasury.

    “The commitment from Government to ensure all schools become academies will result in decisions on pay and working conditions, including maternity/paternity rights and sick pay, being made at school level. There is absolutely no evidence that this sort of deregulation will lead to higher standards. There needs to be a guarantee of good standards for teachers’ terms and conditions across the board, in all schools. School leaders’ attention should be on educating children, not squandering huge amounts of time on negotiating individual staff members’ contracts.

    “Nicky Morgan needs to engage properly with teachers to address the real problems that are occurring in our schools. The Education Secretary should negotiate with teacher unions on protections for school teachers from a workload crisis which is now completely out of hand. These problems are of the Government’s own making and it is time they addressed them before the education system in England falls apart at the seams.”

  5. Managing Workload

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    Nicky Morgan has accepted the findings of the Report of the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group. Some of those findings include (click on each image to enlarge):

  6. Ballot Open – Vote YES

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    The ballot on strike action over the threat to national pay and conditions is open until June 22.

    You should have received your ballot paper by May 25; if yours did not arrive, please call the ballot hotline on 020 7380 6300 between 9am and 5.15pm.

    If all schools become academies, your national pay and conditions are at serious risk. These include maternity, paternity, directed time, pay progression and many more.

    Please ensure that you return your ballot paper on time so that together we can fight to protect our terms and conditions.

    Remember that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.