Category Archives: NUT Press Releases

New National Education Union is formed!

NUT and ATL members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of our two unions. Our new union will be called the National Education Union (NEU).

The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, a powerful voice for the whole education profession, in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. For full details see the press release.

Unity is Strength

It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.

NUT members speak up for one union and encourage colleagues to vote yes.

A joint video message from Kevin and Mary.

Interview with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted

We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession

NUT comment on Primary School League Tables

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Commenting on the primary school performance data for Key Stage 2 SATs tests in England, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;

‘It is certainly good news to see the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged primary school pupils narrow. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of schools.

‘League tables are however a dreadful way of measuring success. By their very nature there will also be someone at the bottom and they do not reflect the differing environments schools operate within.

‘Every teacher and school wants their pupils to be achieving to the very best of their ability. The use of a crude measure of attainment in reading, writing and maths however for each pupil in the Key Stage 2 SATs, fails to reflect much of the crucial work carried out by schools who support pupils in the most challenging circumstances.

‘An overzealous focus on SATs is often at the expense‎ of the broader educational experience for primary children. Many children feel utterly anxious and worried throughout their last year in primary school as they build up to the test. This is placing entirely unnecessary pressure on very young children.

‘The fact that the floor targets are going to rise again for 2016 will increase further the pressure on schools to focus heavily on the test subjects. Of course schools should be held accountable, but we need a system that gives a true picture of pupil achievement and does not get in the way of a rounded education which engages and enthuses pupils’.