From NEU Newham (NUT Section) International Officer and the Egypt Solidarity initiative:
Solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain
Trade unionists, MPs, writers and academics have launched a protest statement calling for the immediate release of Egyptian labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the security forces from his home on 18 May. Haitham appeared in court the following day and was remanded in custody for 15 days to face interrogation on charges of “inciting protests over the price of Metro tickets”. His detention follows a wave of arrests in the wake of demonstrations against the sharp rise in fares on Cairo’s underground railways.
From NEU e-Bulletin:
Ahead of the relaunch of our workload campaign in September, we are contacting in-service members to ask what the main cause of workload is in their school. We want to build a picture of the spread of workload issues around the country and gauge what impact previous Government and Ofsted advice has had in reducing workload. Anecdotally we believe school leaders continue to ask teachers to complete tasks which Ofsted and the DfE have said are not required. But we want to gather as much evidence as we can both to take into our talks with Government ministers and to ensure we’re providing members with the resources they need to address workload issues in their schools. Please encourage members in your area to respond to the emails and help us to tackle workload. As part of the campaign, we are also looking to profile NEU school groups which have achieved wins on workload within their school, however big or small. If you have any examples please send them to email@example.com
The MU, with whom we have a partnership and joint membership arrangement, is researching the challenges relating to access to music education, workforce fragmentation and contradictory government policy. There are four surveys, aimed at:
Teachers with a responsibility for music who work in schools.
Instrumental music teachers who work in music services, hubs or as independent teachers.
Managers of music services, music education hubs or other organisations that deliver music education to young people.
Head teachers of primary, secondary or special schools.
We encourage you to complete the surveys that are relevant to you here.
The confidential information collected will form the basis of a report and future advocacy.
In April, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) set up an independent expert review panel to evaluate the research evidence for Reception Baseline Assessment. The review body this week published its report, and arrived at conclusions which we think will be of concern to all heads, teachers and support staff. Continue reading Baseline assessment
Forced academisation no longer inevitable – new advice published
An advice note setting out significant developments relating to the Government’s academies agenda has been published on the NEU (NUT Section) website .
Along with a mounting body of evidence undermining the case for academy status, these developments provide further arguments for resisting forced academisation. Please read and share with local reps.