‘No-one can confidently assert it’s safe to open schools from Monday’ says Education Union

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With four SAGE advisors breaking ranks to publicly express their concerns about the early easing of lockdown, the Isle of Wight's Peter Shreeve says it's not too late for the Government to draw back on decision to open schools tomorrow

Sunday, 31st May, 2020 9:32am

By Peter Shreeve with 18 readers' comments

Concerns raised over safety guidelines being met in schools as they prepare for wider opening

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The Assistant District Secretary of the National Education Union shares his view on the recent national survey which revealed problems with health and safety, even before wider opening

Friday, 29th May, 2020 9:42am

By Peter Shreeve with one comment

Reopening of schools is ‘reckless and rushed’ says education union

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The NEU say the Government has "stoked teachers' anxiety and triggered real confusion"

Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 8:02am

By Peter Shreeve with 4 readers' comments

Letter: An excess of information makes it hard to know what’s trustworthy and what’s not

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Peter Shreeve from the National Education Union says the best way to inform effectively and counter rumour or misinformation, is by having the firmest possible answers to all points raised in the letter to Boris Johnson

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020 8:06pm

By Peter Shreeve with 2 readers' comments

NEU launches education microsite for parents and carers

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The site is split into advice, latest news and resources and will be updated regularly as more information from Government and exam bodies is received

Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 9:01am

By Peter Shreeve

Letter: Chancellor must recognise need for long-term investment in SEND support

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The Government's own report on SEND support concluded that it has been let down by failures of implementation, …. confusion and at times unlawful practice, bureaucratic nightmares, buck-passing and a lack of accountability, strained resources, and ultimately dashed the hopes of many

Thursday, 12th March, 2020 7:47am

By Peter Shreeve with one comment

Early Years: Poor pay, increasing workload and low status, say education union

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Peter Shreeve from the NEU says the challenges in early years are not surprising and mirror similar trends affecting education in general - poor pay, increasing workload and staff turnover

Monday, 17th February, 2020 11:47am

By Peter Shreeve

Headteachers call ‘quiet revolution’ in #PauseOfsted campaign

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Headteachers have called on professional associations to recommend this “quiet revolution” to members, and “to ensure no school-based employees involve themselves in inspection"

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 11:20am

By Peter Shreeve

Fight or flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation

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The Assistant District Secretary of the National Education Union comments on the latest report by Ofsted and shares his views on how Ofsted impacts the health of schools

Friday, 10th January, 2020 2:35pm

By Peter Shreeve

Four in five schools funding worse off under Government spending plans, finds new School Cuts coalition analysis


Repeated re-structures, cutting teaching and support staff roles and and squeezing of specialist departments are all well documented.

Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 5:44pm

By Peter Shreeve

Letter: Shortening of school day has led to home time safety concerns

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Peter Shreeve says schools have limited resources and are to some extent forced into making unpalatable decisions, but shortening the school day is done to save money.

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019 10:37am

By Peter Shreeve

Academic pressure a significant factor affecting mental health of young people, says survey

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This week a Young Minds survey shows that academic pressure is a significant factor affecting the mental health of young people.

Thursday, 5th September, 2019 6:08pm

By Peter Shreeve