National NEU Weekly Update

Week Ending in 20/5/2022

In the Observer, Kevin reacted to a leaked Department for Education document which described many school buildings in England as a “risk to life” and badly in need of repair. His comments reappeared in follow up pieces from Yahoo and the Daily Mail. On Wednesday, the Government was confronted with an adjudication by the Office for Statistics Regulation brought about by a complaint from the NEU. This centred on the flawed and often misleading presentation of evidence to support the Schools Bill efforts towards further academisation. You can read the full account here, as well as reports in Schools Week, the Independent, the TES and Press Association (via Daily Mail). Inflation hit a 40-year high in April. We commented here and this featured in the Morning Star report. There was also a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research on ethnic disparities in the teaching workforce. Read our reaction here, which was used by the Press Association, FE News, Morning Star and TES.