NAHT Edge press releases

EBacc is an unnecessary straight-jacket for schools and students, says NAHT

EBacc is an unnecessary straight-jacket for schools and students, says NAHT

NAHT reaction to the government's response to the consultation on EBacc

19 July 2017/Number of views (59)/Comments (0)/
Don’t judge schools by SATS data alone, says NAHT Edge

Don’t judge schools by SATS data alone, says NAHT Edge

NAHT Edge Director, James Bowen outlines the limitations of SATs data

“Too much significance is still being attached to data in judging school effectiveness."

04 July 2017/Number of views (368)/Comments (0)/
Sutton Trust report shows no single school structure is perfect, says NAHT

Sutton Trust report shows no single school structure is perfect, says NAHT

NAHT and NAHT Edge believe that schools entering a multi academy trust (MAT) must have the right to leave if the relationship is not working

NAHT and NAHT Edge believe that schools entering a multi academy trust (MAT) must have the right to leave if the relationship is not working.

30 June 2017/Number of views (327)/Comments (0)/
Training teachers and PSHE crucial in keeping children safe on social media, says NAHT

Training teachers and PSHE crucial in keeping children safe on social media, says NAHT

Russell Hobby comments on EPI's 'Social Media and Children’s Mental Health' report

EPI report outlines the challenges of keeping children safe online.

30 June 2017/Number of views (281)/Comments (0)/
Phonics check risks distorting learning, says NAHT

Phonics check risks distorting learning, says NAHT

Rather than focus on high stakes tests, we must trust professionals to use continual, low-level assessments to reinforce learning

The phonics screening check is a poor use of staff time and reduces the amount of quality teaching time that other pupils in the class receive whilst not being tested. This is why it needs to be an optional component for schools.

13 June 2017/Number of views (256)/Comments (0)/
National Association of School Business Management to become “Institute of School Business Leadership”

National Association of School Business Management to become “Institute of School Business Leadership”

School business professionals invited to help shape future direction of new organisation

The National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) will become the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) in November this year.

09 May 2017/Number of views (1286)/Comments (0)/
Government must review the effect of budget reductions on mental health provision, says NAHT

Government must review the effect of budget reductions on mental health provision, says NAHT

NAHT response to mental health report

The report from the Education and Health select committees makes clear that real terms funding cuts are leading to an increasing number of schools cutting back on the in-school provision of mental health services, such as counsellors 

02 May 2017/Number of views (1116)/Comments (0)/
The government’s consultation promises some positive changes for assessment

The government’s consultation promises some positive changes for assessment

James Bowen comments on primary assessment consultation

“The government consultation on primary assessment is very welcome. After the chaos and confusion of last year’s SATs, it is positive that the government is listening to the profession to make changes for the coming years."

30 March 2017/Number of views (1474)/Comments (0)/
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Welcome clarity provided on reformed GCSE grading system, says NAHT

Welcome clarity provided on reformed GCSE grading system, says NAHT

Welcome announcement that the government will define a grade 4 as a standard pass

The grade 4 is a more accurate measure, and something we have been pressing for. This is better for pupils, and for schools and the accountability system that measures them.

28 March 2017/Number of views (1441)/Comments (0)/
Government’s muddled thinking on social mobility encouraging more challenge to their plans

Government’s muddled thinking on social mobility encouraging more challenge to their plans

James Bowen comments on Commons debate on social mobility

“The early years phase is crucial for child development, and we need to fund it appropriately. It’s too late to talk about narrowing the gap at 11; social disadvantage must be tackled so much earlier if the government is serious about improving social mobility."

23 March 2017/Number of views (1516)/Comments (0)/
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A revised funding formula for schools is essential but needs additional investment to succeed

A revised funding formula for schools is essential but needs additional investment to succeed

The biggest threat to the formula is the sufficiency of funding provided overall

Next week the government’s consultation on a National Funding Formula will close. We hope the government takes on board submissions and works with NAHT and others to make this much needed formula a success.

17 March 2017/Number of views (1816)/Comments (0)/
Budget a missed opportunity for schools, says NAHT Edge

Budget a missed opportunity for schools, says NAHT Edge

James Bowen comments on Budget 2017

“The Chancellor can find hundreds of millions of pounds to pursue a policy on grammar schools, but cannot find the resources to give schools the resources they need to deliver for all pupils. The government’s claim to deliver policy based on evidence is in tatters. Education should be for all pupils, not just a select few.”

08 March 2017/Number of views (2136)/Comments (0)/
More research is needed into the reliability of Ofsted inspections, says NAHT

More research is needed into the reliability of Ofsted inspections, says NAHT

We would like to see a more expansive study to look into short inspections to give a more accurate snapshot of the current system

Ofsted report into the reliability of short school inspections welcome, but a wider study is needed

07 March 2017/Number of views (1708)/Comments (0)/
All families should have access to early years education

All families should have access to early years education

James Bowen comments on Family & Childcare Trust’s Childcare Survey 2017

“Early years settings can only offer high quality care and provision if they are properly funded, have highly skilled practitioners and if they are afforded the recognition they deserve.”

02 March 2017/Number of views (1468)/Comments (0)/
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Middle leaders welcome SRE and PSHE announcements

Middle leaders welcome SRE and PSHE announcements

James Bowen comments on the announcements on sex and relationship education (SRE) and personal, health, social and economic education (PSHE)

"PSHE is crucial to provide young people with the tools they need for life, and to protect teachers when discussing often sensitive subjects. It is right that there is space in the curriculum for this, and middle leaders welcome the announcements made today."

01 March 2017/Number of views (1409)/Comments (0)/
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Government should learn the lessons and adopt a more flexible approach to academies, says NAHT

Government should learn the lessons and adopt a more flexible approach to academies, says NAHT

NAHT response to the Education Select Committee report on MATs

The current system is mixed and confused, and this report is a welcome addition to the academies debate

28 February 2017/Number of views (1685)/Comments (0)/
NAHT Edge respond to IFS report into education spending

NAHT Edge respond to IFS report into education spending

New IFS report on education spending since the 1990s

“Staff in our schools are being asked to be doctors, police officers, social workers and family support assistants as well as teachers. They cannot do this without additional resources.”

27 February 2017/Number of views (1205)/Comments (0)/
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Excessive workload damaging the teaching profession

Excessive workload damaging the teaching profession

James Bowen comments on DfE teacher workload survey 2016

"Workload, risk and the culture of blame that surrounds school leadership make for a toxic fog that must be dispelled.”

24 February 2017/Number of views (1744)/Comments (0)/
A long term plan is needed to address the recruitment and retention crisis

A long term plan is needed to address the recruitment and retention crisis

NAHT Edge response to the Education Committee's report on recruitment and retention

"The committee is right to say the government does not have a long term plan. When missing recruitment targets, there is no drive to include shortfalls in subsequent targets", says director of Edge James Bowen  

21 February 2017/Number of views (1933)/Comments (0)/
High quality early years education vital to social mobility

High quality early years education vital to social mobility

James Bowen comments on Save the Children’s report into early years education

“Early years settings can only offer high quality care and provision if they are properly funded, have highly skilled practitioners and if they are afforded the recognition they deserve.”

17 February 2017/Number of views (1857)/Comments (0)/
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