Wigan NUT are holding a Supply Teacher social on Thursday 26th March (and do every half term).
This is open to ALL NUT Supply Teacher members, not just those who live / work in Wigan, so if there are Manchester members who live in Wigan or over the border, you are welcome to attend.
You can even take along a friend, NUT or not, teacher or not!
Venue is “Little 15”, 17-19 Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1LD, from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Free food and drink! (Order food by 7.45pm)
For more information contact Niall Bradley on 07977 451 287 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Years Sector unites in the call to oppose the introduction of baseline assessment
In an unprecedented stand against what is seen as a potentially damaging policy the leaders of England’s key early years organisations have united in the call to oppose the September 2015 introduction of standardised baseline assessment. Many associations and unions are now backing the call, with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) intending to debate next steps at its forthcoming Easter Conference.
Despite considerable expert opposition, and against the recommendations of its own consultation process, the tests are being introduced as an accountability measure to ‘help school effectiveness’ by providing a score for each pupil at the start of reception which reflects their attainment against a pre-determined content domain. From 2022, this will be used as the starting point to measure progress at the end of Year 6.
Similar baseline tests were introduced by the Labour government in 1997 and abandoned in 2002 because it was an ineffective and damaging policy. They were also introduced by Wales in 2011 and withdrawn in 2012 as “time consuming, ill-thought through and denied children and teachers essential teaching time” (NUT comment 2012)
‘The Union believes passionately that a policy which is so harmful to the interests of children should not be imposed upon schools. Baseline Assessment has everything to do with holding schools to account for pupils’ progress in a limited number of topics, and nothing to do with developing motivated, creative, adaptable learners.”
Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers (NUT)
More information from the Too Much Too Soon Campaign can be found here, and the open letter here.
OUTeachers is the NUT’s new self organised group for LGBT members, first and foremost to enable them to be more involved with the union. The latest newsletter can be downloaded here.
It is a vehicle for member engagement in a safe, non judgmental environment, but also aims to help them go back into their own associations and become active locally. This group is run entirely by LGBT activists within the union and is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members in the NUT.
The OUTeachers Summer Meeting will betaking place in London, on Saturday 13th June at The Camden Centre from12- 3pm. Refreshments will be provided, and Lunch and drinks will be in a local pub afterwards (not provided).
Members of the NUT will be joining Unite Against Fascism (UAF) to oppose the march through Manchester City Centre on Saturday 7 March by the racist English Defence League (EDL).
Manchester is a vibrant, multicultural city, and doesn’t need external organisations trying to cause hatred and divisiveness.
The rally will begin at Piccadilly Gardens at 12 noon.