Together we will build an education system of which we can all be proud.

Our funding campaign has put school cuts firmly on the political agenda, and our workload campaigns have helped members up and down the country take control of their working lives.

We will continue to fight for a fairly-funded education system, with highly trained and qualified teachers and educational professionals who have manageable workloads, fair pay and good working conditions.

Download our guide to National Education Union campaigns now.

Funding

The cuts being implemented by the Conservative Government put education at risk. Increased funding is desperately needed to safeguard our children’s education. We are asking the Government to change course and invest, not cut.

School cuts

Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3billion a year in real terms by 2021.

Head teachers are already speaking of the impossible job they have to balance the books and offer the best education for all children. Yet there is worse to come. Under the Government’s new funding formula we estimate that 93% of schools could lose out, and suffer increased class sizes, loss of school staff, and cuts to extra-curricular activities and resources.

We’re calling on the Government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into an already beleaguered system and protect our children’s education.

Already, the school cuts campaign has put funding firmly on the political agenda. Find out how you can help.

Workload

Excessive workload is one of the most serious issues facing the education profession. It affects the quality of teaching and learning our members are able to deliver. It is driving experienced and valuable staff from the profession.

It is having a hugely detrimental impact on personal lives. It shouldn’t be this way. And it doesn’t have to be.

Since the beginning of the ATL workload campaign, we’ve visited over 1,000 workplaces across the UK to discuss workload, organised over 50 bespoke CPD events tailored to your specific workload issues. Our workload tracker is continuing to give us insights into the most pressing areas of workload to tackle and the evidence we need to back up discussions with policy makers.

The NUT workload campaign has focused on helping members act collectively to secure lasting improvements in workload. The greater collective workplace strength of the National Education Union will make that even easier in future. The NEU will continue to create new advice on marking, lesson planning, data and the other issues you are struggling with the most.

Workload tracker

Use the ATL section’s work-life tracker to track your work-life balance, your working hours and the major drivers of your workload. See how you compare to others. We’ll give you the help and advice you need, and use your information to inform our campaign and discussions with government.

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School cuts

Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3billion a year in real terms by 2021.

Head teachers are already speaking of the impossible job they have to balance the books and offer the best education for all children. Yet there is worse to come. Under the Government’s new funding formula we estimate that 93% of schools could lose out, and suffer increased class sizes, loss of school staff, and cuts to extra-curricular activities and resources.

We’re calling on the Government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into an already beleaguered system and protect our children’s education.

Already, the school cuts campaign has put funding firmly on the political agenda. Find out how you can help.


Workload

Excessive workload is one of the most serious issues facing the education profession. It affects the quality of teaching and learning our members are able to deliver. It is driving experienced and valuable staff from the profession.

It is having a hugely detrimental impact on personal lives. It shouldn’t be this way. And it doesn’t have to be.

Since the beginning of the ATL workload campaign, we’ve visited over 1,000 workplaces across the UK to discuss workload, organised over 50 bespoke CPD events tailored to your specific workload issues. Our workload tracker is continuing to give us insights into the most pressing areas of workload to tackle and the evidence we need to back up discussions with policy makers.

The NUT workload campaign has focused on helping members act collectively to secure lasting improvements in workload. The greater collective workplace strength of the National Education Union will make that even easier in future. The NEU will continue to create new advice on marking, lesson planning, data and the other issues you are struggling with the most.


 

Invest, don’t cut

imnageAs the dust settles on the General Election it is clear that the Conservatives do not have the support of the country for their promises on education.

We call on the next Government to invest in our children and pledge more funding for schools.

Download our manifesto for England. Click for more resources.

 

Something has gone wrong with education

  • It is underfunded
  • There are not enough teachers
  • Testing takes precedence over learning

And worse is threatened

  • Prolonged cuts to schools
  • Deeper poverty
  • More selection and fewer opportunities
 Funding
What we say: What you can do:
Implementing the Conservative manifesto commitment would cut schools funding by £8.9bn in real terms, between now and 2022. Ninety-three per cent of schools would suffer per-pupil funding cuts by 2022.

One of the first acts of the new Government should be to publish its response to the fair funding consultation. But on current plans, unless the Government puts in new resources, this will lead to cuts in almost all schools.

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.

  • Find out how much schools in your community will lose at schoolcuts.org.uk
  • Ask your MP to pledge to oppose school cuts.
  • Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign.

Poverty

What we say: What you can do:
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.
  • Find out if your MP 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.

Increasing selection

What we say: What you can do:
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. Theresa May has no mandate for expanding selection at 11 and should immediately abandon this misguided policy.
  • Ask your MP to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams.
  • If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.

Learning

What we say: What you can do:
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.
  • Ask your MP 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.