An education statement from the National Union of Teachers
The NUT was founded on the principle of what is good for teachers, is also good for pupils and for education. Children’s learning conditions are teachers’ working conditions and we want both to be of high quality.
“Valuing Teachers, Valuing Education” sets out what the NUT believes about education. It is based on decades of experience and commitment to the education of children and young people, Our vision is underpinned by a commitment to high quality education as a human right, provided as a public service, available free to all without discrimination, and to a high professional status for teachers. The NUT wants this statement to be the authentic voice of the classroom and to have currency among NUT members, the teaching profession, Government, policy makers and the general public.
Please help us by sharing and discussing it with your colleagues at school, your local NUT division or association and in other networks to which you might belong and by sending your views and ideas on the statement and any suggested amendments to firstname.lastname@example.org
This independent research conducted by Emeritus Professor Merryn Hutchings of London Metropolitan University on the impact of accountability measures on children and young people was commissioned by the NUT.
It breaks new ground to uncover the very real impact on children’s education, day to day, from the ways in which schools are measured, ranked and compared using very narrow ranges of data.
The report reveals negative impacts on:
the breadth of the curriculum
teacher pupil relationships
pupils’ emotional health and well-being
students’ perceptions of the purpose of education
different groups in particular.
On 3 July, John Cridland of the CBI, and Lucie Russell from the children’s mental health charity Young Minds joined the Union at the launch of the findings.
Use this report to talk to colleagues, parents and governors about why the Government’s approach to accountability needs to change.
A chorus of concern from different quarters is building because of the effect of the Government’s approach to testing and targets. Share the report widely to widen this coalition and invite MPs to the table to talk about constructive alternatives. We’re building very real momentum for change.
In March 2014 the NUT sent a delegation to Finland to meet with educators, politicians and the OAJ teachers' union. The objective was to examine the reasons for the success of Finland’s education system and to consider what Britain could learn from the Finnish approach to education.
“Lessons from Finland” is the official report of the delegation, setting out the observations of the delegation and their key conclusions and lessons for Britain’s education system.
The NUT believes that reading for pleasure should be a fundamental part of childhood and lifelong learning. Click here to access the NUT’s policy booklet on the importance of reading for pleasure.
The Reading4Pleasure zone contains a wealth of practical suggestions about how activities to promote reading for pleasure can be introduced back into the classroom or organised on a whole school basis. The on-line guide also suggests professional development activities, ideas for whole school policy development and sources of further information designed to extend teachers’ knowledge of high quality reading resources.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Fred and Anne Jarvis award.
Each year since 2008, the National Union of Teachers has made an annual award to recognise the contribution of an individual, who is not an NUT member, who has been involved in campaigning on a national or local educational issue.
The award pays tribute to the example and commitment to education shown by former NUT General Secretary, Fred Jarvis, and his wife, Anne Jarvis, a lifelong NUT member and former chair of the Education Committee for Barnet Council, who died in 2007.
NUT members are invited to consider nominating a non-NUT member for the 2015 award.