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NAHT is working to ensure that the curriculum supports the learning, progress and success of all pupils. NAHT supports the principle that a broad and balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

NAHT is campaigning to: 

Support schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils

  • Challenge the government policy, including EBacc, which may narrow the curriculum
  • Enable and support schools to successfully deliver statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Lobby for improvements to government policy which supports schools to deliver inclusive education and fulfil their responsibilities under the public sector equality duty
  • Support schools to deliver effective careers education for all pupils
  • Support schools to deliver high-quality Religious Education to all pupils
  • Provide guidance, materials and information to support schools in educating pupils about environmental issues.

Ensure a valid and proportionate approach to statutory assessment in primary schools

  • Lobby the government to reconsider the introduction of the multiplication tables check
  • Lobby the government to ensure changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals are appropriate and relevant for the early years sector
  • Influence the development and implementation of the reception baseline assessment
  • Support members to implement the new statutory assessment for pupils with SEND
  • Identify and challenge the STA over any impact on members of the contract change to deliver statutory assessment in the primary phase
  • Engage with the STA to influence changes and improvements to statutory assessment including moderation and maladministration
  • Campaign for KS2 SPAG to be made non-statutory and oppose any additional statutory testing in the primary phase

Ensure the KS4 and KS5 qualification framework and examination system is fit for purpose

  • Press the government, Ofqual and exam boards to ensure that reformed qualifications, both academic and vocational, meet the needs of all pupils and schools
  • Explore the issue of grade reliability, identifying solutions and improvements which are supported by members and pressing the government and Ofqual for appropriate action
  • Inform members of the latest developments in secondary assessment through engagement with Ofqual, JCQ and awarding organisations. 

Supporting LGBT inclusion in education: guidance and resources from Stonewall

Who is Stonewall?

At Stonewall, we stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full. Founded in London in 1989, we now work in each nation of the UK and have established partnerships across the globe. We are part of a vibrant global movement for change made up of LGBTQ+ people, our allies, families and friends. Since day one, we've fought for freedom, for equity and for potential.

LGBT inclusive RSHE

Stonewall has created a new guide for schools, LGBT-inclusive RSHE: Putting it into Practice. This guide helps teachers of RSHE envision what quality LGBT-inclusive RSHE provision could look like and develop a curriculum that works for their school.  

The implementation of statutory RSHE has come at a difficult time. It's reassuring that the DfE has enabled schools to take a gradual approach: schools are enabled to deliver some RSHE this year (with a suggested focus on the immediate needs of their pupils, paying particular attention to physical and mental health, and positive relationships) while planning to deliver their full provision next year.  

Schools will want to make sure their RSHE provision is LGBT-inclusive, including the teaching they deliver this year. Quality RSHE is essential for keeping pupils safe and supporting them to grow up happy, healthy and fulfilled. Like all pupils, LGBT pupils and those with LGBT family members deserve to receive quality RSHE that meets their needs and reflects their experiences or the experiences they may go on to have. 

With that in mind, Stonewall has created a guide to help teachers feel confident delivering quality LGBT-inclusive RSHE, both now and next year. With ideas for threading LGBT content through the curriculum, top tips on key aspects of implementation and plenty of suggested resources, the guide will be useful for schools at any stage of their implementation journey.

You can download the guide in full here. For ease of reference, the content of the guide is summarised on its website and they have also put together some top tips on delivering LGBT-inclusive RSHE online

Guidance for governors and trustees on LGBT+ inclusion

Stonewall has created new guides for governors and trustees to help them in undertaking their role in their school's approach to LGBT inclusion. The guides are split by phase with separate information for primary and secondary schools, as well as additional information for trustees. 

First published 19 February 2021