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Limited Choices: NAHT's secondary survey 2017


Following a number of reforms to the Secondary curriculum, as well as policy proposals around EBacc, NAHT has released its report following a survey of secondary school leaders. Respondents were asked their views on EBacc, AS/A-Levels, transition and mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools.

NAHT's Limited Choices report highlights that:


  • The majority of individuals (87%) are opposed to the proposal that at least 90% of students in mainstream secondary schools should be entered for the EBacc.
  • Of those that responded, 79% reported a negative impact of the EBacc policy on the curriculum offer in their school.

Key Stage 5 (KS5)

  • For those who offer AS/A Levels, 68% reported having to remove or reduce the number of AS Levels as a result of the decoupling of AS and A Levels, and a further 27% reported a reduction in the range of A Level subjects offered as a result.
  • 62% of individuals reported that changes to sixth form funding had resulted in a decrease in the breadth of subjects offered, and over half (54%) reported that the funding changes had led to an increase in class sizes in KS5.


  • Just over half of respondents (55%) feel that the key stage 2 (KS2) scaled scores are less or much less useful than the previous KS2 levels.
  • Of those who responded, 85% reported having used year 7 assessments (e.g. CATs, reading and spelling tests) this year.
  • Looking forward, 69% are planning to implement or continue to use this type of year 7 assessments in the next academic year and for the foreseeable future.

 Mental Health and well-being

  • More than one in five (21%) of individuals reported that their students currently have access to a full-time school-based counsellor, while a further 50% reported that their students had access to a part-time school-based counsellor, both of which are funded out of school budgets.
  • Worryingly, nearly a third of respondents (31%) report a decrease in services they offer for the emotional and mental well-being of students in the upcoming year, with only 13% of people reporting an increase. For those who reported a change in their offer, the most common reason for this is budget pressure (67%).

Download the report here. 

First published 02 February 2017

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NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

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