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College of Teaching

3 February 2015

The Government has asked for expressions of interest to establish a College of Teaching, an organisation which has the potential to re-establish teacher professionalism after years in which government policies have deprived teachers of autonomy. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

‘The National Union of Teachers is broadly in support for ‘Claim your College’, the initiative aimed at setting up a national College of Teaching in England.

Changes to Ofsted inspection requirements

3 February 2015

Commenting on the changes to the Ofsted inspection framework, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

‘The NUT of course accepts that schools need to be accountable but that system does need to have the confidence of the profession.

Labour’s plan to eradicate LGBT bullying in schools

3 February 2015

Commenting on the plans outlined by the Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Making all schools safe spaces for LGBT pupils and staff is a welcome announcement from Tristram Hunt MP. 

David Cameron on School Improvement

2 February 2015

Commenting ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech, in which he is expected to set out plans to convert 3,500 schools to academy status if their Ofsted ratings do not improve, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“For David Cameron, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Schools Minister Nick Gibb to all be spouting about the benefits of academy status for schools deemed to be ‘requiring improvement’ is extraordinary to say the least.

School Oversight and Intervention

30 January 2015

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report, School Oversight and Intervention, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Barely a day seems to go by without another influential body producing a report that is critical of the Department for Education and its flagship education policy, the academies and free school programme.

League Tables

29 January 2015

Commenting on the performance tables for schools and colleges in England, released today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“League tables are a ridiculous way to judge schools.

Academies and Free Schools Report

27 January 2015

Commenting on the Education Select Committee report, Academies and free schools, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This is an utterly damning report which shows that children’s education is being run in an incoherent and unaccountable fashion.

Kevin Courtney re-elected Deputy General Secretary

26 January 2015

Following a ballot* of NUT members, Kevin Courtney has been re-elected as Deputy General Secretary.

Ofsted to inspect academy chains

23 January 2015

Commenting on Nicky Morgan’s letter to Sir Michael Wilshaw about the new expectation on Ofsted to inspect academy chains, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is good to see that the Government is finally taking note of calls from the NUT and others for academy chains to be overseen in the same way as local authorities.

Nick Gibb: reforming education through international evidence

22 January 2015

Commenting on Nick Gibb’s speech to the Education Outlook Forum, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is very odd that Nick Gibb is holding up Sweden’s free schools (Friskola) as an example for our country when even the Government of Sweden recognises that these schools have resulted in increased segregation and a dramatic decline in overall standards in the country’s schools.

NUT survey on performance related pay for teachers

23 January 2015
 
A new NUT survey shows that the Government’s Performance Related Pay (PRP) scheme for teachers is proving to be both ineffective and unfair.

DfE Financial Statements

21 January 2015

Commenting on the National Audit Office’s Report on the Department for Education financial statements 2013-14, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

School Accountability

21 January 2015

Commenting on the report by the think tank Centre Forum, Progress matters in Primary too: Holding schools to account consistently, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The report is correct that pupil progress is the ‘fairest and most effective accountability measure.’

Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training

19 January 2015

Commenting on the Government’s response to recommendations set out in the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Carter Review threatened much, but has delivered little. The government has deferred, transferred or turned down most of its recommendations.

Head Teacher Standards

19 January 2015

Commenting on the publication by the Department for Education of National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is important for governors to understand that these new standards are aspirational and designed to support heads throughout their career, from early headship to experienced headship.

Durham Free School

19 January 2015

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s announcement of the termination of Durham Free School’s funding agreement, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The news that the Durham Free School is set to close will come as a shock to parents and pupils who have been badly let down by this Government.

OECD Education Policy Outlook 2015

19 January 2015

Commenting on the OECD report Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“It is quite clear that endless changes to the education system are entirely unhelpful.

Ofsted plans for double inspections of school

15 January 2015

Responding to the news that Ofsted is to trial 'double inspections' in the spring to verify the reliability of the inspection process, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The admission that Ofsted cannot guarantee the reliability and consistency of its inspection teams and judgements on schools is a disgrace.

LGA on School Places

13 January 2015

Responding to the Local Government Association’s warning of an imminent school places crisis, with 900,000 extra pupils expected over the next decade, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT endorses the LGA’s call for the Government to fully-fund the cost of all school places, now and in the future, and to give councils the powers to open new schools so they can be delivered according to local need.

Sir David Bell on political interference in education

9 January 2015

Responding to the former Chief Inspector of Schools’ comments on the impact of continual political interference by Government in education, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Much of what David Bell is saying reflects what is stated in the NUT Manifesto for Education (1).

School Meals'

7th January 2015

Commenting on the Local Government Association’s call for school meals standards to be mandatory for all state-funded schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The LGA is absolutely right to insist that all schools should follow the same food standard regulations.

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