Campaigns & News
All Party Parliamentary Group for Nursery Schools
On Monday 18 October from 2pm-3.30pm, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception classes will meet online. The link to register for this event is here. Please share this amongst your members.
Save Our Nursery Schools Rally
On Tuesday 19 October, there will be a march on Downing Street to hand in our petition to Save our Nursery Schools. Please come along! The bigger the turnout, the greater the impact. In addition, please promote the petition here to your members and encourage them to email their MP to encourage them to lend their support.
Meeting: 4.15pm at Parliament Square. We will hand in our petition with our key demands at 5pm on Downing Street. Please see flyer to promote the march and our demands.
See you at the march!
Independent Assessment Commission
Before publishing a final report and recommendations in November 2021, the Independent Assessment Commission has produced an interim report setting out the initial work of the commission towards a New ERA of Equitable Reliable Assessment. Let us know your thoughts on the interim report by completing our feedback survey here.
Value Education, Value Educators
We are in the process of rolling out Value Education, Value Educators. This includes our launch video which has now been seen c.5 million times. Our digital hub of resources is here, this will include Welsh versions (English language only at the moment, translation in process).
Write to your MP to stop the pay freeze
On Wednesday, we launched our write to your MP to stop the pay freeze, this is available here. We are trying to encourage as many members as possible across all workplaces to take part in this action. This is the first of several actions our National Executive Committee have agreed as part of our response to the Government’s disgraceful pay freeze for Teachers.
Black History Month
The page is now live with links to 10 amazing podcasts with Black women, teaching resources, posters and a poem by Ivy Scott, a long-term NEU Black activist and member of the Black Organising Forum. It also has info about a CPD session on 6th October and Black Educators’ conference.
MTAS Baseline petition
More Than A Score continue to push their petition calling for an end to mandatory primary tests, to allow teachers the time they need to help pupils settle in and enjoy learning. Please sign and share the petition. You can find out more about More Than A Score’s campaign here.
No Child Left Behind: MPs call for a cross-Government strategy to tackle child poverty
The Work and Pensions Committee released a report warning that the Government has no clear plans to tackle rising child poverty, calling on ministers to draft a fresh cross-departmental anti-poverty strategy, setting clear and measurable objectives using the latest evidence. So far, 96 MPs have publicly backed our No Child Left Behind pledge calling on the Government to do exactly this. Go to nochildleftbehind.org.uk to email your MP, asking them to pledge to do all they can to end child poverty.
Stop Fire and Rehire – lobby your MP
Fire and Rehire has become the default position of independent schools trying to get out of their contractual obligation to provide the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). Barry Gardiner MP has introduced a Bill to Parliament that would outlaw the draconian practice of Fire and Rehire. His Bill will be debated and voted on by MPs for the first time on 22nd October. Please lend your support by writing to your MP before the debate and ask them to vote to outlaw Fire and Rehire. We have set up an email your MP action here to make it easy for members to contact their MP.
Action Mesothelioma Day
To mark Action Mesothelioma Day, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) has published a major report authored by Dr Gill Reed, NEU member and technical adviser to JUAC. The report finds staff and pupils working in CLASP-type system-built schools since 1980 are more likely to die from mesothelioma that those doing so in the period 1960 to 1980. The report sets out 10 recommendations for the current Government, including a national fully funded programme for phased removal of all asbestos from educational buildings, starting with the most dangerous, to be completed no later than 2028. See the press release here.
To help us carry forward our campaign to suspend statutory primary tests in 2021/22 and to replace the present system with one that is better for professionals and children, we are asking members to complete a survey to give us their views. All members in English primary schools should have received an email with a survey link earlier this week. Please complete this survey and to contact email@example.com if you have not received a link.
Secondary assessment commission
The Independent Assessment Commission (IAC) has published its interim report, and is looking for feedback from our members into its findings. Please encourage members to get in touch with the Commission and share their thoughts here. Feedback will help develop a final report, which will be published in November.
NEU Councillors Network: letter to the Prime Minister
The NEU Councillors Network launched an open letter to the Prime Minister off the back of the Government’s woefully inadequate financial commitment to recovery education. More than 200 local councillors have already signed the letter, calling for the Government to scale up its ambition for young people and give our education system the resources it needs to ensure no child is left behind. Alongside the letter, the Network has prepared a model motion. Please consider writing to your local councillors on behalf of the district, asking them to support the open letter, and to consider taking the motion to their next Council meeting.
Recovery Education Hub
New on the Recovery Education Hub this week is a film of Prof Becky Francis, Chief Cxecutive of the Education Endowment Foundation, talking about her vision for recovery. There is also practical guidance from Dr Sue Allingham for Early Years educators supporting recovery.
Violence Against Women and Girls
We encourage members to promote our ‘Sexism in Schools’ research and other practical resources, such as Breaking the Mould and AGENDA – that help to break down gender stereotypes and promote healthy, consensual and positive relationships in schools. The NEU has also developed a Domestic Abuse Toolkit to help ensure our workplaces are safe and supportive for women and any victim/ survivor of abuse.
Decolonising The Curriculum
Following the NEU Decolonising the Curriculum Conference in December 2019 : Decolonising Education Conference (video) members in several regions are working on reviewing curriculum content to include Black history– here’s a couple of recommended resources that have good lesson plans and materials:
- Hackney’s Diverse Curriculum ─ the Black Contribution
The Black Contribution is a series of free 9-week lesson plans. From Early years through to KS3 and 4. Resources are available here.
The site has a range of historical source material, arranged into four time-period categories: AD43-1500; 1500-1750; 1750-1900; 1900-2000s. The ‘Teaching resources‘ sub-site provides lesson plans and classroom activities.
Also see BHM packs for members. For KS1/2, there are ideas for 5 global equality and cultural events. (Martin Luther King Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, Chinese New Year, Black History month around the world and LGBT+ History month). Also see pack for KS3 and 4. There are also podcasts featuring Black women being released every month to encourage Black History to be in the curriculum all year.
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