Schools

Campaign renews NEU

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 10:36
stickers

National Education Union (NEU) districts across the country are gearing up for the indicative ballot to boycott high-stakes summative testing in primary schools, which will open on 4 June and close on 2 July. It is clear the campaign is having a hugely invigorating effect on many NEU districts.

Strike to stop bullying

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 09:19
picket line

Workers at Harbinger Primary School on the Isle of Dogs in East London, members of the National Education Union, are on strike 21, 22, and 23 May against bullying and unacceptable behaviour by the headteacher.

Staff first officially raised concerns in November 2018, when 18 staff members submitted a collective grievance in the hope of resolving this issue. In their own words, the official complaints process “got us nowhere”. The union’s demands are a damning indictment of the headteacher.

Schools: learning not labelling

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 14:26
protest exams

School worker activists in the National Education Union (NEU) are busily preparing for the consultative ballot about boycotting high stakes summative testing in primary schools. The ballot was decided at the union's conference in April.

The NEU says: "There can be no lasting solution to problems of children’s well-being, teacher workload, curriculum narrowness and teaching to the test unless our assessment system changes.

When tests are toxic

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 12:29
Test

On 15 April, NEU Conference narrowly passed a motion to boycott all high stakes summative testing in primary schools.

On 21 April, Education Secretary Damian Hinds responded in the Sunday Telegraph with a series of ill-informed claims.

Hinds began by likening assessment in primary schools to dental and eye tests. “If something matters, you check that it’s all OK”. Children’s learning matters very greatly, and it should be checked. Happily, this is what primary teachers do. Every single working day.

Union to boycott high-stake school tests

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 12:16
NEU

On 15 April, the first day of the National Education Union (NEU) conference, delegates voted to ballot primary members for a boycott of all high stakes summative testing, including Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs and the phonics tests.

An (electronic) consultative ballot will run from 4 June to 12 July or later. Disaggregated “real” ballots will follow at the end of 2019, in areas and schools where there has been sufficient response to the consultative ballot, and will conclude in January 2020.

An open letter to the SWP

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 09:15
Durham TAs

I’m writing this letter as a working class woman, a teaching assistant, a trade unionist and a revolutionary socialist. Oh, and did I mention that I am really angry too!

Last week I returned from the inaugural conference of the National Education Union (NEU) — a union that has joined teaching staff and support workers together for the first time — or should have!

NEU votes for primary tests boycott

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 08:47
campaigners at the conference

Above: campaigners at the conference

At the conference of the National Education Union (NEU: Liverpool, 15-18 April) the left has won a major and hard-fought-for victory to ballot all primary members for a boycott of all high-stakes summative tests in primary.

That position has been lost at conference for the last four years in favour of vague promises over surveys and building for a future ballot. The architects and main drivers of this victory have been Workers’ Liberty supporters and the main motion was moved by a Workers’ Liberty member.

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