NEU will ballot for SATs boycott in 2019-20

The National Education Union is to ballot its members on a potential SATs boycott next year after delegates at the union’s annual conference voted in favour of the action.

Following a heated debate in which different union factions clashed over whether a 2019-20 ballot is achievable within the time available, and after a re-run of the vote following complaints about how the voting process was run.

The motion commits the NEU’s executive to “ballot all primary members for a boycott of all high stakes, summative testing within primary schools for the academic year 2019-20”.

It follows votes in favour of ballots at the conferences of the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which have now merged to form the NEU, in 2017. Today, members expressed frustration that those votes did not result in a ballot.

Today, despite attempts to propose a survey of members before a formal ballot, NEU members voted to approve plans to ballot primary staff for a boycott in spring 2020.