• Union accused of breaking rules over ‘political’ election ad

    The country’s largest education union has been accused of flouting rules over a “political” Facebook advert critical of Conservative party policy that it paid for in the run-up to last year’s general election. Figures published by the Electoral Commission earlier this month showed the National Education Union spent £505,000 campaigning in the 2019 election. It

    11.00 Nov. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Going through the motions: What NEU members will debate at their special virtual conference

    Members of the National Education Union will gather this weekend’s for a special virtual conference. The event has been organised to replace the union’s physical conference, which should have taken place at Easter but was cancelled because of coronavirus. The NEU executive has approved three motions, all related to Covid-19, to be debated at the

    11.35 Sep. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Teachers warned against live-streaming lessons

    Teachers have been warned against using live-stream technology to run classes from home, but one school running lessons virtually says they feel it keeps children safer. The National Education Union issued guidance this week on distance learning, saying it “cannot be business as usual” while schools are closed, warning online lessons should be kept “to

    5.00 Apr. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Heads 'handcuffed' into anti-academy vows

    Unions are using strike action to “handcuff” headteachers into signing pledges not to academise for up to five years. National Education Union (NEU) members have held strike action at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brentwood. The diocese has outlined plans for eight new academy trusts to take over its local authority-maintained schools, although the

    5.00 Mar. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Trial to investigate if 'activity passport' boosts attainment

    More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment. The Children’s University trial will see 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in England fill in a “Passport to Learning” when they complete activities such as performing arts classes, sports clubs and

    0.01 Oct. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Council steps in to save 24-pupil special school

    A local authority has prevented an academy for high-needs pupils from closing, saving them from a 45-mile journey to their new school. Unity Academy – Fenland in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire will now be moved to another site in the town as part of a development which will also house a new primary and secondary school. Catering

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2018 | News

  • A NEU dawn: NUT and ATL hold final conferences

    The National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers held their last conferences as separate unions over the Easter break. The two sections will meet as one amalgamated National Education Union next year. Schools Week’s political editor Freddie Whittaker attended so you didn’t have to. 1. Ofsted ‘overstepped the mark’ during hijab row

    12.45 Apr. 16th, 2018 | News

  • No more 'divide and conquer' in education

    The decision taken by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to amalgamate into a single union, the National Education Union (NEU), is significant and historic. It is a recognition that times are changing, and that teacher unions are changing too. The trend towards union mergers

    10.25 Mar. 22nd, 2017 | Opinion