Ofsted’s decision to ‘raise the bar’ in its new Inspection Framework, introduced in September, is causing anger and fear among teachers. The NUT has received a number of reports that inspectors are using trivial issues to downgrade schools.
NUT General Secretary Christine Blower has written to both Christine Gilbert, the Chief Inspector, and Ed Balls expressing her extreme concern about this situation.
“Wales has now enjoyed ten years of devolved government and significant positive changes have been made to education provision. However, there remain significant funding difficulties that require urgent action if Wales is to achieve its stated goal of securing world class education provision for its youngsters.
Last week’s statement from Ed Balls that SATs will go ahead in 2010 is clearly disappointing. However, the Government has said it will introduce “a light touch moderation process” for teacher assessment at Key Stage 2 from 2011. It will consult on the introduction of this system.
The ballot opens on 2 November and closes at midday 30 November 2009. NUT primary members and relevant middle school members, working in maintained schools, who do not receive ballot papers by 11 November should individually contact the Union.
A message to all teachers from NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower
“I’m delighted with the huge amount of support that our campaign against SATs is gaining amongst teachers, parents and children. Well over 10,000 people have now signed the NUT and NAHT's joint petition calling on the Government to end SATs.We plan to publicise the number of signatures received in November 2009 so let’s see howmany we canmake it by October 31. Please encourage everyone you know to sign the petition online at the NUT website www.teachers.org.uk or download paper copies. Together we can end themisery of SATs andmake 2010 a great, SATs-free year for education.”
Our children, young people and adults deserve the
best education service. To secure this we believe that
there has to be the maximum possible professional
unity amongst teachers and lecturers in the education
sector and their unions.
A message to teachers from NUT Acting General Secretary, Christine Blower
NUT Conference 2009 was an uplifting event for
me and, I think, for everyone who attended.
Teachers coming together to decide the Union’s
priorities for improving the education of all our
children is always inspirational.
We are asking members to respond to the GTC’s revised
code of conduct and practice. We are concerned that the
GTC is turning aspirations for best practice into rules, the
breach of which may result in disciplinary action.