NUT, FBU and ATL Call on Government to Strengthen Fire Safety in Schools

Last week, faced with criticism that it was putting profit before children’s safety, it was reported in the press that the Government had finally caved in to pressure from the NUT, FBU and ATL not to weaken current fire safety advice to schools. Although this was welcome news, if true, it was grossly irresponsible of the Government … Read more

PM: mental health training for teachers will “make a real difference to children’s lives”

The government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020. The government’s pledge to transform mental health services for young people has taken an important step forward with teachers and staff across the country starting training to identify and respond to early signs of mental … Read more

Schools increasingly using unqualified staff to cover teacher absence

This Saturday’s annual NUT Supply Teacher Conference will hear that employment prospects for supply teachers are getting tougher, as schools increasingly use unqualified staff in place of qualified supply teachers to cover teacher absence. The NUT’s 2017 supply teacher survey, which received a record 1,300 responses, shows that 41% of agency supply teachers say that … Read more

Pupils’ safety at risk as further schools cuts loom, says UNISON

School administrators, business managers and finance workers are regularly administering first aid, handing out medicines to pupils and conducting criminal record checks because of cuts in the number of school support staff, according to a survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. The findings suggest that any further reduction in their numbers – as proposed by … Read more

New report with practical advice for teachers on pupil behaviour

Tom Bennett’s independent review providing practical guidance to teachers on how to tackle bad behaviour in classrooms has been published. An independent review providing practical guidance to teachers about how to tackle bad behaviour in the classroom has been published today (24 March 2017). Teacher and behaviour expert Tom Bennett spent several months meeting classroom teachers … Read more

Government funds school resource for drug and alcohol prevention

Public Health England announces new funding to expand Mentor UK’s ADEPIS resource into more schools and community settings. The programme helps equip young people with the life skills and resilience to deal with the challenges they face with alcohol and drugs. Mentor UK has been awarded a new 3 year contract, jointly funded by Public Health … Read more