Do you know that the NUT is the only teachers' organisation to publish its own professional journal, ‘Education Review'?
This is an excellent way for busy school leaders and teachers to keep up to date on the latest developments in education.
Published twice a year, ‘Education Review' contains an accessible mix of a dozen or so articles on a topical theme by leading educationalists, researchers, politicians and, importantly, by teachers who focus on school-based issues. The subscription for NUT members is only £10 for two editions.
The summer 2011 edition, entitled "Trusting Teachers: Taking Control of the Profession" addresses the need for teachers to gain greater control over their profession, despite facing an avalanche of new education policies and greater prescription.
Now more than ever the voices of teachers need to be heard, asserting their professional opinions, arguing for and demonstrating what works in practice, critiquing Government initiatives, promoting alternatives and engaging in an ongoing debate with Government and policy makers.
Leading contributors to the summer 2011 edition of ‘Education Review' include:
Professor Wynne Harlen who argues the case for recognising the validity and reliability of teacher assessment as an alternative to the high stakes testing regime that the Government is intent on continuing.
Alison Peacock, head teacher of Wroxham Primary School and leader of the Cambridge Primary Review National Network has developed an alternative approach to assessment in her school. Her article details how teachers and pupils work in classrooms in which a culture of trust and cognitive challenge is fostered, free from fear of ranking.
NUT Wales Executive member Beth Davies' article examines the education system in Wales since the abolition of SATS and how it has empowered teachers to teach children without the threat of "teaching to the test."
Don't expect just to read NUT policy - politicians and academics of all shades of opinion write for ‘Education Review'.
But do expect to read about practical strategies from classroom practitioners and advisors.
Want to find out more? Click here for details of the themes and contributors to recent editions and to find out how to get a sample copy or take out a subscription.