Your May / June issue of the Teacher is now available to read online. Inside the magazine we reflect on what the general election result means for teachers, and look ahead to how funding cuts will affect our classrooms. We also look at how teachers are coping with the school places crisis and what effect baseline assessment will have on England's primary schools.
Our regular columnist Kate Smurthwaite and poet-in-residence Michael Rosen are also back to comment on the last two months of education news. And we've also a full roundup of this year's NUT conference – detailing the motions and the debates that your delegates brought to the table.
This is a Queen’s Speech which entrenches inequality. Visits to foodbanks will increase as benefit cuts bite, the sale of housing association stock will not address the housing crisis and more families will be uprooted due to the bedroom tax.
The NUT and other teaching unions – ATL, EIS, INTO, NAHT, SSTA, UCAC, UCU, UTU and Voice, representing teachers and lecturers across the UK - have written an open letter to the new Government setting out our concerns about the potential impact of funding cuts on the education system. The letter, published in the Sunday Times, calls for a commitment to fund the additional costs already facing schools and colleges and protect all education funding regardless of sector, age or location. Click here to read the letter.
See the latest Protect Education Funding NUT News here.
The baseline assessment will test children’s abilities in literacy and numeracy within weeks of them entering school in reception. If you think four is too young to test, join the thousands of people calling on Nicky Morgan to scrap baseline testing and sign the petition.
The NUT has developed online resources on the Curriculum and Assessment. The Year of Assessment – Life Without Levels materials are new for 2015. These resources will help teachers develop their expertise in assessment in the context of the removal of National Curriculum levels from this year.