Information from NEU:
Activists Esmail and Sepideh were first arrested in November 2018 for protesting the unpaid wages and poor working conditions of a sugar cane company in Iran. After speaking out, they were rearrested and have since been badly beaten with metal bars, restrained for long hours and intimidated with sexually abusive language. Join Amnesty International UK and demand the immediate release of Esmail and Sepideh today.
Opposition is building to the Baseline Assessment which is due to be piloted for 4-year-olds this September. Campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) has organised a Chalk Protest to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, which are more about school and teacher accountability than supporting children’s learning.
To take part, just chalk the message Play Not Tests At 4 on a pavement or in a playground near you, take a photograph and share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag More Than A Score: Twitter: @morethanscore; Facebook: @morethanascore
Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000. Members and parents are encouraged to sign it.
UN Anti-Racism day 16 March
Supported by TUC.
Take to the streets on UN Anti Racism Day. There will be demonstrations on the day in London, Cardiff and Glasgow.
From Trump in the US, right across Europe and back to Bolsanaro in Brazil the racist and fascist right are on the rise. It is vital that while the likes of Steve Bannon are trying to link up the far right on an international scale, we build the links between anti-racists and anti-fascists across international borders.
For more information please visit here.
The proposed increase to the employers’ contribution to TPS
Proposed increases in the employer contribution to the Teacher’s Pension Scheme (TPS) could lead to some employers withdrawing from the scheme, with members taking a significant hit to their pension.
Proposals to significantly increase employer contributions to the TPS is an immediate and real threat to the terms and conditions of NEU members in the independent sector from September 2019. Some independent schools will withdraw from the scheme; others will curb other spending, including pay.
Read a full briefing, including what members can do about it:
Sign the petition!
Send a message to Nick Gibb, Schools Minister:
“Four-year-olds don’t need exams “
From NEU HQ:
The Future of the Rohingya After the Stalled “Repatriation” Plan
Thursday 28 February 2019, 18.30-20.30
NEU HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD
Join Justice for Rohingya Minority, experts and campaigners, most of whom have visited refugee camps, as they shed light on recent developments and discuss JFRM’s legal route to the crisis. NEU Joint President Kiri Tunks will moderate the evening and will be joined by her fellow NEU Joint President Kim Knappett, as well as Dr Richard Cockett, Ronan Lee, Htike Htike and Dr Abdullah Faliq, on the panel. Click here to register:
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Message received from NEU:
The National Education Union (NEU) is partnering with Liberty in its campaign to stop the Department for Education passing pupil data to the Home Office, without the knowledge of pupils and parents, for immigration control.
Although the NEU’s campaign to stop nationality and country of birth data being collected from parents as part of the school census was successful, other pupil and family data is still being disclosed.
Parents provide this information to schools without being told it may be passed on. The NEU believes that this secret data sharing undermines the relationship of trust between members, pupils and families. Fear that school data may be passed on means some children are kept at home and are unable to access their internationally recognised right to education.
The NEU has signed a pledge demanding that the Government commits to a firewall – a guarantee that personal data will not be shared with the Home Office for immigration control purposes.
CARE, DON’T SHARE – add your pledge today.
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National Education Union
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The “Retired Teachers” web page on this site has been updated.
Details have been posted of the AGE UK campaign to save the provision of free TV licences for over 75s.
The National Pensioners Convention is also campaigning on the issue.
NPC and NPC London Region news bulletins have been updated.
As schools are invited to sign up to take part in this September’s pilot of the reception Baseline Assessment, campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) is protesting against the test.
MTAS is asking parents and teachers to take part in a Chalk Protest
to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, testing children within weeks of starting school and using the results to judge schools against each other. Parents, teachers, heads and experts all agree that testing four-year-olds makes no sense, yet the Government plans to spend £10m on the scheme.
It’s easy to take part in the protest. Just chalk the message “Play Not Tests at 4” on a pavement or playground near you, take a photo and upload it to social media, using the hashtags #PlayNotTestsAt4 and #morethanascore
Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000: please sign it and encourage other to do the same.