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Mark Langhammer on continuing NEU Industrial Action in Northern Ireland

A transcript of an interview by Frontline with Regional Secretary, Mark Langhammer on continuing NEU Industrial Action in Northern Ireland.

Equalities speech made by Grainne McKeown at the 2018 AGM

This is the transcript of a speech on equalities, specifically focusing on the transgender pupil experience made at the 2018 AGM by Grainne McKeown, a teacher in Belfast and member of the NEU Northern Ireland Committee.

Experiences of the new GCSEs and A levels, the story so far...

This summer, more new GCSEs and A levels will be awarded for the first time. Last summer, we ran a survey to get a clearer picture about our members’ experiences of the new exams so far. The results were not surprising, given (as our members said) the speed with which the reforms to the qualifications were rushed through.

Mental health awareness week

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week focuses on stress, a subject young people are all too familiar with. With mental health issues on the rise we need to look at the root cause of why so many students are finding it difficult to cope.

SEND crisis: A teacher's perspective

There are days I go home and cry after school. I am failing my children. Is it because I don’t know how to support them? Is it because I haven’t got the right equipment? Is it because I don’t care?

Get ready to Flamingle!

I always return to work after the Easter holidays a little more refreshed than after any other holiday.

Ministers must act to help the 'invisible children' in our schools

April 2018 has been described as “the end of the beginning” for the SEND Code of Practice reform, in that (theoretically) all children with statements should now have transferred onto Education Health and Care Plans.

Checkmate!

James Corrigan, from Chess in Schools and Communities, tells us why chess should be played in every school.

Delaying the award of qualified teacher status – a risk too far?

The consultation on strengthening QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) finishes today and while strengthening the profession is indeed vital against the current backdrop of teacher shortage, the devil has certainly been in the detail.

We need to stem the crisis in SEND

If you work with children you may be familiar with a 'what if?' conversation. These conversations can often assist professionals to establish if a child or children are at risk of harm, and if they need to raise a safeguarding 'cause for concern'.