National NEU Weekly Update

Week Ending 16/7/2021

This week the Department for Education and Ofqual launched its consultation on qualifications in 2022, which we described as late and disrespectful to students, teachers and school leaders. Our comment was picked up by Financial Times(£), Press Association, the Guardian and the Daily Mail.

Labour criticised the Government for failing to ensure access to 24 million meals over the summer holidays. We were quoted in the Daily Mirror story, as well as the Guardian and Morning Star. Our full comment can be found here.

The Hamilton Commission published its report on Tuesday. The Commission was set up by Sir Lewis Hamilton to investigate the reasons why so few people – just 1% – working in UK Formula 1 were Black. The story was picked up widely, including BBC bulletins and the industry’s online magazines Planet F1 and The Race.

Union leaders, including Kevin, appeared before the Commons Education Committee on Tuesday. Various issues were raised including vaccinations for teachers, as reported in TES, plans for ITT also picked up by TES, and pressures over grades – see stories in the Mirror, Press Association (via Mail), Guardian, TES, Schools Week and Western Mail. The Evening Standard also reported on remarks by the panel about ‘ghost children’ who had not returned to school following the pandemic.

A report by the NFER, published Wednesday, looked at Covid-related anxiety amongst school-age children; a TES story quoting NEU is here. And a new poll shows that a minority of heads will run summer catch-up programmes – see the I story with comment from Kevin. We also reiterated our views on the pay freeze in this story for the Morning Star.

The latest attendance data shows that 1.5m pupils were out of school last week. Read our comment here, which was picked up by BBC News, Financial Times(£) and a widely-used Press Association story.

All of this week’s press releases can be found here.