Over 2,500 teachers have told their stories, which is brilliant! If you haven't yet had the opportunity, please do it now; it'll only take a few minutes of your time and your stories count. Let's unite to challenge sexism - get involved today by completing the NUT Survey.
Together we can work to tackle sexism against teachers and young people in our schools. We want to support the profession to reduce the pressure on girls and boys from sexism and gender stereotypes. We know it's hard to know how or when to challenge sexist language or bullying - your views can shape new materials to help tackle sexism in schools.
On Wednesday, 5th April, More Than a Score (MTAS) launched its alternative for primary assessment. NUT members are urged to start a conversation about how it is possible to design a much better primary assessment system, with children at its heart. Every primary member was emailed at the beginning of April about the MTAS Alternative Vision, which is also being featured in The Teacher.
A new "funding campaign toolkit" is available on the NUT website, comprising new and updated campaign materials including the following:
• a members' briefing on how to support the campaign;
• a video for meetings;
• campaign materials including print-ready leaflets, petition forms and model resolutions for meetings;
• and a set of updated briefings on various aspects of the funding campaign.
The report of this NUT commissioned research from Kings College London is now available. It paints an alarming picture of the effects of the recent Key Stage 4 curriculum, assessment and accountability reforms in England.
Key findings include:
• 84% of teachers worry that the reforms entrench an exam culture that undermines students' mental health and wellbeing.
• 74 % identify that the EBacc has narrowed the Key Stage 4 curriculum offer in their schools.
• 77% believe the new GCSE curriculum will be less suitable for low attaining students and is criticised by respondents for being uninspiring and anachronistic.
• 93% identify that Key Stage 2 SATs results do not provide a reliable basis for tracking students across the whole range of secondary subjects, which is what Progress 8 does.
• A huge majority, 92% of teachers, report that their workload has increased as a result of data collection for Progress 8.
• 72% of respondents feel that meeting the demands of Progress 8 takes time away from teaching young people.
Life in the data cage is impacting on students and teachers alike. Teachers are worried that they cannot devote sufficient time to real learning. 89% said their workload relating to data analysis has risen.
The workload section of the NUT website has been restructured to make it more user friendly and better able to support the workload campaign, with new materials added. The section now operates as a hub leading to 4 main sections - Find out more about your rights, Practical Steps to tackle workload, Advice for school leaders and Success stories. Within each of these sections there are dropdowns, tackling common questions, including about working time and Ofsted requirements and suggesting strategies to help reduce workload. New materials include a model letter to send to head teachers raising workload concerns, a leaflet for parents and advice for school leaders on workload reduction.
The TUC has launched a survey to better understand whether workers are out about their sexuality or trans status, their experiences of discrimination and how they access justice. These findings will help ensure the TUC develops the resources and campaigns to address these issues. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, 5th May.
Members of the NUT and ATL voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of the two unions into a new union, which will be called the National Education Union (NEU). 97% of NUT members and 73% of ATL members supported the amalgamation. The NEU will come into existence on 1st September 2017 and, with over 450,000 members, will be the fourth largest trade union in Britain. It will represent the majority of teachers and education professionals and be the biggest education union in Europe. From the beginning of September, NUT and ATL will operate in parallel sections governed by their current democratic structures, under the umbrella of a Joint Executive Council, until full amalgamation in January 2019, with joint general secretaries until 2023.
The NUT Asbestos Survey is currently surveying members about asbestos management in their schools. The findings so far were released at Annual Conference and will inform the Union's campaign in this important area. So far, the response to the survey has been good, but it is important that as many members as possible complete the survey, which will only take a few minutes.
The NUT National Executive has agreed to support a Day of Action focusing on supply teaching and links to the Union's priority campaign on funding. The Union will produce a print-ready leaflet on the current issues, namely, the cost of supply agencies to schools and the issue of a qualified teacher in every classroom. The leaflet will also be available via the NUT website nearer the day, for use in conjunction with the campaigning materials already made available for street stalls, etc.