National Education Union warns of exodus caused by excessive workloads
Two-fifths of teachers, school leaders and support staff plan to quit education in the next five years due to “out of control” workload pressures and “excessive” accountability, according to a poll by the country’s biggest teaching union.
Despite recent government attempts to address teachers’ concerns, 40% who took part in the survey predict they will no longer be working in education by 2024 and just under one in five (18%) expect to leave the classroom in less than two years.Continue reading...
Headteachers say increasingly fragmented system to blame for lack of coordinated planning
Thousands of parents in England are expected to miss out on their first choice of primary school on Tuesday when local authorities notify families where their child will start their education in September.
About half a million families will be contacted on national offer day, mainly by email. Although pressure on places in primary schools has eased slightly in some areas of the country, headteachers have warned an increasingly fragmented school system has led to a lack of coordinated planning for places.Continue reading...
If vote is successful, NEU members in England will not administer the exams in 2020
Primary schoolteachers are to be balloted on whether to boycott Sats next year because of concerns that high-stakes testing is harming children’s mental health.
Delegates at the National Education Union (NEU) annual conference in Liverpool voted in favour of the action after a heated debate, seeing off an amendment from the executive which had argued that a ballot was not the most appropriate tactic.Continue reading...
He was a rail-thin, zen-like powerhouse who electrified dance – and his pupils. As Merce Cunningham’s centenary is celebrated, four disciples recall an unforgettable teacher
Valda Setterfield, danced with the company in 1961 and 1965-75
When I came to New York in 1958, I was 23 and didn’t know a thing. A British dancer said to me: “You know, they have very interesting ideas in New York that we don’t have.” I felt maybe I’d made a mistake, but then I watched Merce’s class and thought: “This is why I came to America!”
My job as a mental health social worker involves supporting people in crisis and advocating for others
The hospital team’s consultant psychiatrist and I meet with Colin, who’s been referred by his GP. He hasn’t left home on his own for a month because he’s been hearing voices which make him believe he’s going to be kidnapped. The psychiatrist discusses medication with Colin, and I speak to him about the things in his life that affect his mental health.Continue reading...
Teachers say government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand
Children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost out on £1.2bn worth of services because government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand for additional support over the past four years, according to an analysis.
The number of children and young people with an education, health and care plan, a legal document detailing a child’s entitlement to support for special needs, has risen from 240,000 to 320,000 since 2015 – an increase of 33% – according to research by the National Education Union (NEU).Continue reading...
Figures show 93 state schools in England waiting to join new trust, according to Labour
Rising numbers of pupils in England are being taught in state schools that have been left to drift for months or even years without established management, according to figures obtained by Labour.
It estimated that more than 50,000 pupils are currently attending academies in England that have been unable to join a multi-academy trust or find a sponsor, leading the opposition to claim that the government’s flagship schools improvement policy is in tatters.Continue reading...