Campaigns & News
Directed Time: summer campaign
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.
Elections – May 2021
There’s still time to get candidates standing in the local elections on 6 May signed up to the NEU’s pledge on child poverty. More than 350 candidates have signed so far. If you haven’t already, please consider writing to candidates on behalf of the District, and ask them to support. The elections are a chance to send a message to the Westminster Government that urgent action is needed to end child poverty.
A new report from More Than A Score – in which NEU is a leading partner – makes the case that formal tests have no place in primary schools during this recovery phase of education. The comprehensive report brings together new research with academic evidence and case studies of teachers, heads and pupils. Significantly, it represents a consensus on the issue of formal testing in primary, being supported by all main unions (NEU, NAHT and ASCL) and MPs from all political parties. More Than A score is asking supporters and heads to share it with their MP. Please share the report with your networks and encourage members to get involved.
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.
TUC AI Manifesto
Union members are urged to sign-up to the TUC AI Manifesto, which calls on tech companies, employers and Government to support a new set of legal reforms for the ethical use of AI at work.
Please sign-up to the Manifesto by pledging your support and encourage fellow members and colleagues to do the same.
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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