4 - Learning
NUT says: Most students like school and teachers want to teach. But unnecessary and high-stakes testing and exams get in the way of education. The curriculum has narrowed. The arts, technical and vocational education find it harder to keep their place. Primary and secondary schools are teaching to the test. Problems of stress and mental health are rising – for students and teachers. There are better alternatives. Powerful voices are calling for a new approach, that learns from other countries, and addresses the future not the past.
What you can do: Ask your candidates to support More than a Score, a coalition of parents, teachers and educators that campaigns against SATs and for a different primary assessment system. Ask them to support a change in secondary schools so creative subjects are valued equally to others.
3 - Increasing selection
The NUT says: The Government wants to expand grammar schools and selective education. Research – by an organisation the Government supports – says the highest-performing systems in the world are non-selective. Selection for the few is rejection for the many.
What you can do: Ask your candidate to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams. If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.
2 - Poverty
The NUT says: We are the sixth largest economy in the world yet our levels of child poverty are shocking. More than four million children grow up in poverty – 30 per cent of all children. With cuts and austerity, this number is rising. Poor children do not learn as well as better-off children. Hunger affects concentration. Parents in poverty do not easily find the money for trips, books and other essentials.
What you can do: Find out if your candidate supported the benefit cuts which affected so many families and, if they did, ask them why. Ask if they have talked to teachers and heads about what they can do to stop families falling into poverty.
1 - Funding
What the NUT says: The Government has cut school funding by £2.2 billion since 2015. Between now and 2020, it wants to cut £3 billion more. Ninety-nine per cent of schools will suffer funding cuts. That’s virtually every primary and secondary school in the country. This will mean: Fewer teachers. Larger classes. Less subject choice. Cuts in after-school activities. Fewer teaching assistants. Nursery schools closing The very young, the poor and those with special needs and disabilities will be worst affected.
What you can do: Find out how much schools in your community will lose at schoolcuts.org.uk Ask every candidate standing for election to pledge to oppose school cuts. Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign.
Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary
Address to NUT Annual Conference
The NUT’s campaigns will be given publicity during the pre-election period. The NUT will work with the ATL to ensure that teachers’ concerns are addressed.
Colleagues are urged to question all candidates for election under the Pre-Election Campaign title:
“Vote for Education”
Parents and teachers need to know what they are voting for.
Topics covered in the video include:
Funding – Opposition to School Cuts
Opposition to a Selective System
Teacher recruitment and retention
Loss of subject choices
Children’s mental health
Privatisation in the education system
National pay and conditions
The results of the 2016 elections for NTA Officer positions and NTA Delegates have been announced.
A summary of results can be downloaded here:
NTA Election Results 2016
The Electoral Reform Services report can be downloaded here:
Those interested in making comparisons with previous years can find an archive of NTA election results here:
NTA Election Results Archive
The archive covers 1998 to 2016.
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There are two documents which inform you of the candidates’ electoral stance. You will need to download both to see their views.
Please make sure you use your vote to decide who manages the affairs of your Association.
(Original posting on website 02/11/2016. Posting on website updated 11/11/2016.)
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NTA Elections Checklist
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