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Ofsted on AET

4 February 2016

Commenting on the findings of Ofsted's 'focused inspection' of seven schools in the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"It is obvious that AET's rate and scale of expansion was unsustainable and that it is unable to adequately support its schools. However, this speaks to a wider problem with the chaotic system of academies and academy chains.

Become a Changemaker – National Voter Registration Drive (#NVRD)

28 January 2016

The NUT is proud to partner with Bite The Ballot for its annual week of action aimed at encouraging people – especially young people – to #RegisterToVote and become engaged in the UK's political processes.

Ofsted statement on the wearing of full veil in school

26 January 2016

Commenting on a statement by Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMI Chief Inspector, in which he indicates that schools will be marked ‘inadequate’ if their uniform policy on the wearing of a full veil is judged to be “acting as a barrier to learning and positive social interaction”, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Effective communication between pupils and staff is essential to effective teaching and learning.

Select Committee report into Holocaust education

24 January 2016

Commenting on Holocaust Education, the Commons Education Select Committee’s report into the teaching of the Holocaust in schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT agrees with the Education Select Committee that teaching about the Holocaust is an important part of children’s education. It is vital that we keep remembering and learning from the past. Teaching about the Holocaust helps to develop an understanding of history, social justice and the prejudices which continue to blight societies around the world.

Sixth Form College Funding

21 January 2016

The Conservative Government’s plans to freeze 16-19 funding per student for the rest of this Parliament will result in further real terms cuts of 8% or more and further threats to teachers’ terms and conditions. This reduction comes on top of the 14% real terms cut in 16-19 education since 2010.

Academies and League Tables

21 January 2016

Commenting on the Department for Education's publication of school-level GCSE and A Level performance tables, and their efforts to talk up the performance of academies within those tables, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The Government is playing its usual games with the data, shuffling the facts to fit a policy which has no basis in evidence. Rather than congratulating teachers in all types of schools for their hard work in ensuring young people receive the best possible outcomes in their GCSEs and A-levels, its response instead is to seek out some sign, no matter how insignificant, that academies are outperforming maintained schools.

Regional Schools Commissioners

20 January 2016

Commenting on the Commons Education Select Committee report on Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs), Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT welcomes the Education Committee's timely and thorough report on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs).

E-ACT Scraps Governing Bodies

19 January 2016

Commenting on the academy chain’s decision to scrap governing bodies in favour of ‘academy ambassadorial advisory bodies’, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This move to reduce the rights of local communities, parents and teachers to a say in the running of their schools is undemocratic and sets a dangerous precedent.

‘Educate Not Hate’ Website

19 January 2016

Commenting on the Department for Education’s launch of a new website to aid teachers in tackling signs of extremism in schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Ofsted on English Education

18 January 2016

Commenting on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech at Centre Forum, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Sir Michael Wilshaw is right to recognise that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education does not work.

Labour party analysis shows severity of school places crisis

15 January 2016

Commenting on the figures from the Labour Party showing more than half a million primary children in super-size classes as a result of a lack of school places, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

‘The Labour Party analysis will make shocking reading for many parents.

Funding cuts will hit teacher quality, say education unions

13 January 2016

Teaching and school leadership unions join together today in a statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), warning the Government risks undermining teaching standards due to a real terms reduction in funding and the continued erosion of teachers’ pay.

Ofsted reveals that a school is six times as likely to remain inadequate if it becomes a sponsored academy

30 December 2015

In response to a question from Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Ofsted has replied with the data on the latest inspections for schools previously rated Inadequate. (See attached)

For “inadequate” schools that become sponsored academies, 12% remain inadequate (1 in 8) compared to just 2% (1 in 50) of those that remain in the local authority maintained sector.

Education experts' comments on the latest stage of the Education & Adoption Bill

18 December 2015

A group of education experts, including teachers, governors and school staff, have been working to highlight the shortcomings of the government's Education and Adoption Bill. The group, which consists of the National Governors' Association (NGA), education unions NAHT, NUT, ATL and UNISON, the Local Schools Network, and the Catholic Education Service says: "We are very disappointed in the outcome of the Lords report stage.

School Revenue Funding Settlement: 2016 to 2017

17 December 2016

Commenting on the announcement by the Department of Education today, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"It is a sad indictment of Government that it fails to recognise the simple fact that a world class education system needs to be properly funded and resourced.

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Annual Report

17 December 2015

Commenting on State of the Nation, the annual report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Education should give every child and young person an equal opportunity, yet clearly the consequences of the Government's austerity measures threaten this.

Lords debate Education and Adoption Bill

16 December 2015

Commenting on the letter to peers sent by Lord Nash ahead of today's debate in the House of Lords, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT commends those members of the House of Lords who today intend to stand up for parents, teachers and communities and defend their right to have a say in their local schools and the future of their local education service.

Supply teacher spending

14 December 2015

Commenting on Labour Party analysis showing that as a result of teacher shortages the cost to schools on supply teachers has risen to £1.3bn, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

Education experts suggest a radical new amendment to the Education and Adoption Bill

Education experts suggest a radical new amendment to the Education and Adoption Bill
The voices of parents, school governors, school staff and school leaders are part of a growing group expressing their opposition to the Education and Adoption Bill. This group is now suggesting a new amendment.

Primary school test results

10 December 2015

Commenting on the latest statistics from the Department of Education, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Congratulations to all schools who work so hard year in year out for their pupils. The NUT is clearly committed to every single child fulfilling their potential and part of that must be to gain a lifelong love of learning.

Urgent action needed on teachers’ pay

7 December 2015

The NUT is calling on the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) to recommend urgent action on teachers’ pay in order to address the growing teacher supply crisis

Almost 1 in 5 teacher training places remain unfilled. This is the third consecutive year that the secondary recruitment target has been missed. Teacher numbers are also declining through the 50,000 leaving the profession. This is the highest number of resignations for a decade.

Ofsted Annual Report

1 December 2015

Commenting on the preview of the report, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Sir Michael Wilshaw is right to be alarmed at the teacher recruitment crisis gripping England’s schools.

Spending Review and Autumn Statement

25 November 2015

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The Chancellor has not announced the significant increase in resources schools and colleges need. They will continue to face major funding problems.

‘Fair Funding’ Proposals: New NUT Analysis

25 November 2015

NUT research published today shows that ‘fair funding’ proposals will not protect schools against cuts in funding – unless significant extra money is found.

Every local authority in England – with the possible exception of Barnsley - will see real terms cuts ranging from 2.3% in the currently lowest funded authorities rising to more than 20% in some London boroughs.

OECD Education at a Glance

24 November 2015

Commenting on the OECD’s latest annual Education at a Glance report, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The clear message from the OECD report is to value education, value teaching and invest in teachers. The Government is failing on all points.

Teacher recruitment crisis reflected in latest training figures

19 November 2015

Commenting on the latest Initial Teacher Training figures, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“These figures showing a significant shortfall in new trainee teachers in secondary subjects come on top of news that schools have more and more posts going unfilled. It is a sad fact that the harsh climate in which teachers work often leaves those who are considering a career in teaching to choose other options.

As Government freezes school funding, an NUT survey shows the shocking impact of cuts so far

18 November 2015

A survey of NUT representatives in England reveals the shocking effects budget cuts are having on schools and children's education including: increased class sizes, fewer teachers and support staff, reduced funds for books and resources, and a spike in the use of unqualified teachers.

NUT comment on Sutton Trust "Background to Success" report

12 November 2015

Commenting on the Sutton Trust report Background to Success which looks at how gender, place and ethnicity shape academic outcomes after GCSE, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

British Chamber of Commerce survey

11 November 2015

Commenting on the BCC survey of business and education leaders looking into the effectiveness of preparing young people for work, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

Labour party research warning of college closures

10 November 2015

Commenting on the findings by Labour party research into the effects of the cuts to 6th Form and Further Education colleges; Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Further cuts to the budgets of 6th form and further education colleges would, as Labour points out, have hugely detrimental consequences for this sector and the students they teach.

LGA on Councils and School Intervention

7 November 2015

Commenting on the Local Government Association’s call for an amendment to the Education and Adoption Bill, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT welcomes the LGA’s call for maintained schools and councils to be allowed to support schools which are under threat of forced academisation, rather than risk the intervention of untried or underperforming academy sponsors.

Nicky Morgan’s education reform programme

2 November 2015

Commenting on the latest announcements from the Education Secretary, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “It is quite staggering the degree to which the Government is unable to understand how their approach to the measurement of the performance of schools, and the system as a whole, is turning schools into exam factories.

Supply teachers' anger at agency rip off

28 October 2015

NUT supply teachers from all over the UK are lobbying the London headquarters of recruitment agencies Protocol Education and Hays Education on Wednesday 28 October. (1)

Pearson/LKMco research shows 59% teachers considering leaving the profession

23 October 2015

Commenting on Why Teach?, a report by Pearson and LKMco including the findings of a YouGov survey which shows 59% of teachers considered leaving the profession in the last 6 months, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This latest report bears out what NUT surveys have found. Teachers love their jobs but the profession has become so unattractive and unworkable that more than half of teachers are considering leaving the profession.

Ofsted on Apprenticeships

22 October 2015

Commenting on Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity, a report by Ofsted, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"Ofsted's findings on apprenticeships reinforce the concerns that have been raised persistently by the NUT.

LGA on Parental Fines

21 October 2015

Commenting on the Local Government Association’s call to allow head teachers a ‘common sense’ approach to term time holidays, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;

“The LGA is right to highlight the problems that occur as a result of Government and Ofsted’s policy to fine parents who request permission to take children out of school during term time.

New Schools Network

21 October 2015

Commenting on analysis by the New Schools Network which questions the validity of Ofsted judgements for schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding', Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"As the Education and Adoption Bill makes its way through Parliament we have witnessed a series of pro-academy propaganda pieces from supporters and those Government funded organisations, such as the New Schools Network, that promote its academy and free school programme.

Academisation

21 October 2015

Commenting on Nicky Morgan's attack on those in their community who campaign against academisation, including forced academisation, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"The Department for Education's press release has been timed to coincide with the passage of the Education and Adoption Bill through the Lords.

Nicky Morgan’s statement on Kent Grammar School

19 October 2015

Commenting on Nicky Morgan’s defence in the House of Commons of the Weald of Kent grammar school in Tonbridge which will open an annexe 10 miles away in Sevenoaks, Kent, allocated by academic selection, thus avoiding a ban on opening new grammar schools, Kevin Courtney, Deputy Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Nicky Morgan has made a poor job of covering up the fact that this is a new grammar school and as such should never have been approved.

Institute for Fiscal Studies on schools spending

21 October 2015

Commenting on the article by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on the outlook for schools spending in this parliament, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said; 

“The IFS has confirmed that schools face real-terms cuts on spending per pupil for the first time since the mid-1990s. 

The Asbestos Crisis – Why Britain needs an eradication law

16 October 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health (APPG) has today published its report, The Asbestos Crisis – Why Britain needs an eradication law.

The APPG Report calls for urgent action to address the legacy of asbestos that remains in Britain’s workplaces and public buildings.

Julie Winn, Chair of Joint Union Asbestos Committee said:

Nick Gibb’s Speech to Arts Council England

15 October 2015

Commenting on Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s speech to Arts Council England on increasing cultural education in our schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The picture Nick Gibb paints in seeking to speak on increasing cultural education in our schools will not be recognised by many teachers.

Provisional GCSE/AS/A level results

15 October 2015

Commenting on the Government’s release of Provisional GCSE and equivalent results, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Cost of School Uniforms

15 October 2015

Commenting on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) letter to head teachers, governing bodies and suppliers asking for parents to be able to buy uniforms at the best possible prices, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Organisations across the world say British aid to private schools could violate human rights

15th October 2015

A group of organisations have expressed concern that the British government could be violating the right to education with its support for the growth of private schools across Africa and south Asia. International and British organisations as well as teachers’ unions have joined campaigners from countries including Kenya, Uganda and Ghana* to condemn the increased use of British aid money to support for-profit primary schools, in particular so-called ‘low-fee’ private schools, which are fuelling inequality, creating segregation and undermining the right to education.

New grammar school to open in England

15 October 2015

Commenting on the Weald of Kent grammar school in Tonbridge which will open an annexe 10 miles away in Sevenoaks, Kent, allocated by academic selection, avoiding a ban on opening new grammar schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Today’s announcement is a further step backwards for education in England. Giving the go-ahead to a so-called ‘satellite’ grammar school which is in fact 10 miles away from the existing grammar school is nothing more than a cynical sidestepping of the law which prevents new selective schools from opening.

Government's Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Figures

13 October 2015

Commenting on the figures, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT would like to congratulate teachers and educational professionals working in the early years and foundation stage. Their hard work and dedication to supporting the youngest children has led to the rise in the number of children who are meeting their early learning goals within the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).

Parliamentary report on disadvantaged pupil funding

9 October 2015

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee’s report on funding for disadvantaged pupils, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is disappointing that the Public Accounts Committee has not recognised the significant cuts which schools are facing this year. This means that in many cases Pupil Premium funding has been used to plug gaps that have occurred as a result of squeezed budgets.

Government’s STRB remit letter

8 October 2015

Commenting on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's letter to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) asking for recommendations on the teachers’ pay award from September 2016, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Nicky Morgan’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference

6 October 2015

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

David Cameron’s proposals on truancy

6 October 2015

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s proposals on truancy and childcare cover in schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

College of Teaching and AstraZeneca

5 October 2015

Commenting on the Schools Week article that reported that the College of Teaching has accepted £10,000 from a trust funded by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The Union notes with concern that the College of Teaching has accepted £10,000 from a trust funded by AstraZeneca - a company which was reported yesterday in the Guardian as being involved in a multi-million pound tax avoidance scheme.

NUT/YouGov Teacher Survey on Government Education Policy

4 October 2015

Shock YouGov survey reveals disturbing new figures showing that more than 50% of teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years.

NUT challenges the Government to take urgent action on the issues that drive teachers away: workload, pay and low morale.

In another damning verdict on the Government, teachers have expressed their views on both their present conditions and the Department for Education’s plans for the future.

Timing of Ofsted inspections of academies and free schools

2 October 2015

Commenting on Ofsted's announcement that all new academies and free schools, including those schools that opened from September 2014 to date, will now be inspected during the third year of operation rather than the second, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Ofsted is not trusted by teachers or schools so academies and free schools will welcome this.

Lucy Powell Speech

30 September 2015

Commenting on the speech at Labour Party Conference by Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT welcomes Lucy Powell's firm commitment that a Labour Government will end the free schools programme and bring back strong local oversight and accountability for all state funded schools and academy chains.

GCSE achievement amongst inner London children on Free School Meals

30 September 2015

Commenting on a report compiled by CASE, LSE and ISE researchers which shows that a greater number of children in inner London on free school meals have achieved five or more good GCSE results since 2002, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“No one factor can be credited for the success of London’s schools as measured by test and examination data.

Jeremy Corbyn Speech

29 September 2015

Commenting on the speech at Labour Party Conference by Jeremy Corbyn, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT welcomes Labour’s renewed commitment to local accountability in the schools system.

John McDonnell Speech

28 September 2015

Commenting on the speech at Labour Party Conference by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT is encouraged that a major party is now articulating a route away from austerity.

Key Stage 1 Tests

28 September 2015

Commenting on Government plans to introduce new Key Stage 1 tests, as reported in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

College of Teaching

25 September 2015

Commenting on the announcement of the College of Teaching's thirteen founding trustees, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The NUT believes that there is a real need for a body to promote quality professional development, but it must earn the support and respect of teachers.

Phonics check results

24 September 2015

Commenting on the Government’s release of provisional information on the 2015 phonics screening check and assessments at key stage 1, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Mandarin teaching

23 September 2015

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement of an additional £10 million funding to expand Mandarin teaching in schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Extra funding for language provision in schools is always welcome but the fundamental question here is where will these teachers be trained? The broader picture is that schools are struggling to recruit language teachers because there are simply not enough teachers entering the system.

Commission on Assessment Without Levels

18 September 2015

Commenting on the final report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Commission criticises our test-driven curriculum system and stresses the importance of formative assessment.

Education and Adoption Bill

16 September 2015

Commenting ahead of today’s debate in Parliament on the Education and Adoption Bill, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Government is pursuing a reckless and profoundly undemocratic path in pushing ahead with this legislation.

The Gender Pensions Gap

16 September 2015

Commenting after the TUC debate on the gender pensions gap, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

New Schools Network on School Performance

16 September 2015

Commenting on the New Schools Network’s proposals for a ‘parental trigger’, giving parents a legal right to challenge school performance, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This proposal from the New Schools Network doesn't merit serious consideration.

Child Sexual Exploitation

15 September 2015

Commenting on the TUC motion Child Sexual Exploitation – Campaign to Provide Services, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT believes that good quality sex and relationships education (SRE) is vital in helping young people make responsible, healthy and well-informed decisions about their lives.

Mental Health and Young Workers

15 September 2015

Commenting on the TUC motion, Mental Health and Young Workers, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“All employers have a clear duty of care towards their staff. This must include ensuring that their mental wellbeing is not damaged by being at work.

Defending Mental Health Services

15 September 2015

Commenting on the TUC motion, Defending Mental Health Services for All, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

"NUT delegates gave their full support today to a TUC motion calling on the Government to ensure that vital educational psychology services are properly funded.

Trade Union Bill

14 September 2015

Speaking at Trades Union Congress in support of a motion against the Government’s Trade Union Bill, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

Protecting Our Education System

14 September 2015

Commenting on the TUC motion, Protecting Our Education System, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Parcelling of our education system to an array of academy chains and individual sponsors is irresponsible to say the least, yet for the past 5 years Government policy has been to drive yet more and more schools, both secondary and primary, to become academies.

Education Funding

14 September 2015

Commenting after Congress unanimously supported the NUT's motion on Education Funding, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"We have warned the Government that its plans for school funding will hit schools and pupils hard as schools' costs rise but their funding is frozen.

Casualisation

14 September 2015

Commenting after the TUC motion on Casualisation, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The Government has been making a great deal about agency workers costing the National Health Service money.

Ofsted’s Key Stage 3 Report

10 September 2015

Commenting on Ofsted’s report, Key Stage 3: the wasted years?, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Ofsted decided to scrap its previous inspection framework, admitting in January 2015 that ‘reliability’ was a problem.

Summer-Born Children

9 September 2015

Commenting on Nick Gibb’s announcement that Government plans to give summer-born children the right to start in reception at the age of 5, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Parents of summer-born children will welcome exploration of how greater flexibility could be given to schools about starting ages.

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