Commenting on the publication by the Department for Education of national statistics for permanent and fixed-term exclusions in England during 2013/14, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“While, clearly behaviour issues have to be addressed for the sake of the whole school community, there is no quick fix.
Commenting on the findings of the leaked draft report of The Commission on Assessment without Levels, the publication of which had been delayed by Government until September 2015, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
"The report presents a serious challenge to Government policy on assessment: no wonder the Department for Education is delaying its publication.
Commenting on Nicky Morgan’s suggestion in today’s Daily Telegraph that teachers should not deal with schoolwork and email after 5pm, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
Commenting on Chain Effects 2015, the Sutton Trust’s latest report on the impact of academy chains on low-income students, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“This report exposes the blatant hypocrisy at the heart of the Government’s education policy. Ministers have failed to carry out any evaluation of whether their flagship policies are driving improvement in the schools system. Instead, the Conservatives are dogmatically insisting on placing even greater numbers of schools under the charge of academy chains, whose governance and performance it has failed to evaluate properly.
Commenting on the national pupil projections which predict a 20% rise in secondary school pupil numbers over next decade, and a continued rise in the primary schools population, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“With pupil numbers set to rise and the shortage of primary school places now spilling into a secondary place shortage it is imperative that Government acts quickly to resolve this serious problem. This means securing greater funding for capital development but this alone will not be enough.
Today, the National Union of Teachers publishes Exam Factories? The impact of accountability measures on children and young people. The study was commissioned by the NUT and conducted independently by Emeritus Professor Merryn Hutchings of London Metropolitan University.
This is a wide ranging research project that incorporates a survey of almost 8,000 teachers, an extensive literature review and quantitative research utilising case studies of both heads and teachers (not all of whom are NUT members) and children.
Responding to the Government’s announcement that they are to introduce reception baseline assessment, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said:
“We are deeply concerned about the introduction, this September, of the baseline assessment of four- and five-year-old children in reception classes.