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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. 

Global Action Plan: Take part in their new Towards Clean Air Classrooms programme

Global Action Plan, the UK's leading environmental behaviour change charity, is looking for schools to take part in their exciting new programme where one of your Year 5 or 6 classes can take action on air pollution.

Their Towards Clean Air Classrooms programme, which is free to participate in, is part of the first-of-its-kind nationwide experiment to see how air purification technology can improve the air quality in the classroom.

As one of the 20 schools from across the UK taking part, you would receive the air purification equipment and a workshop delivered by the Global Action Plan team, who will also leave the class with some fun STEM activities that will engage the students in the real-life experiment.

For this exciting new technology to be installed your school will need to have some availability during December. It would only take an hour or so to install. 

The flyer and programme timeline which has more information are below.

If this sounds like something your school would be interested in and you would like to register your interest, please can you complete the following quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KLZ6YNQ

If you have any questions, please do feel free to get in touch with schools@globalactionplan.org.uk  

First published 11 October 2019

First published 11 October 2019