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 email@example.com
“…the current system of measuring pupils’ attainment and using this to judge schools and teachers is deeply damaging to children and young people, and does not foster the skills and talents that are needed in higher education or in employment…” Emeritus Professor Merryn Hutchings, London Metropolitan University (Exam Factories? p. 7)
This independent research, commissioned by the NUT, breaks new ground to uncover the 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.
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.
A chorus of concern from different quarters is building because of the effect of the Government’s approach to testing and targets.
Use this report to broaden this coalition: talk to colleagues, parents and governors about why the Government’s approach to accountability needs to change.
Teachers - tell us how you are challenging the exam factory culture in your school.
Parents - read the report and share your concerns about exam factory culture in schools.
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 2016 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.
The 2015 award was presented to Ged Grebby, the founder of Show Racism the Red Card. Ged set up the charity Show Racism the Red Card in 1996, its aim being to “combat racism through enabling role models who are predominately, but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message to young people and others.” In 2014, the award went to Michael Lees OBE who received the award for his work over many years campaigning to remove asbestos from schools. In previous years the award has been made to: Malala Yousafzai in recognition of her continuing campaign for all girls to have the right to an education; Margaret Tulloch for her work in supporting comprehensive education; journalist and education campaigner, Fiona Millar; the former Children’s Laureate, writer, poet and anti-SATs campaigner, Michael Rosen; Professor Robin Alexander, for his campaigning work on the Cambridge Review of the Primary Curriculum and his dedication to the education of young children; and state comprehensive education campaigner, author and journalist, Melissa Benn.
Criterion for the award
The criterion for the award states:
“The award should be made to a person who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the NUT’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.”
Procedure and timetable
NUT members are invited to consider nominating a non-NUT member for the 2016 award by returning a nomination form. Members submitting a nomination should provide their own names, the names and contact details of their associations/division and the name and contact details of the person nominated. They must also provide a brief resume (maximum of 500 words) of the reasons for the nomination.
Click here to download the nomination form.
Nominations should be sent to Celia Dignan by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post: Celia Dignan, Education and Equality Section, APC, National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.
The deadline for nominations is: 5PM, MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2016.
All nominations will be considered by the Officers of the Education and Equalities Committee for final decision by the Committee and the Executive in early February 2016.
The award will be made through the presentation of a certificate at NUT annual conference to be held from 25-29 March 2016 in Brighton.