Baseline Assessment is an issue for all teachers

Baseline Assessment

Update7 April 2016


Commenting on the abandonment of baseline assessment by the Department for Education, following a comparability study, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:


“The NUT has already congratulated the schools who chose not to inflict baseline assessment on thousands of children this year. The NUT, campaigning alongside a wide range of Early Years professionals in their organisations, has made the Government come to its senses and realise that baseline assessment was never a good idea in the first place. However, what we need is for the Government to discuss with us what appropriate assessment in Early Years education looks like. The qualified teachers working in Early Years would be only too pleased to share the good practice they have developed to support the learning of the children with whom they work day in day out.”


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Stand up for Education Lobby for Education

Just say NO – and then get organised

All over the country teachers are getting together to say NO:

NO to excessive lesson observations

NO to the use of Ofsted gradings

NO to unsustainable marking policies

NO to unreasonable scrutiny of planning

NO to “learning walks” and secret “book looks’

and they are saying YES to a proper work/life balance.

Using NUT guidance, backed by the Ofsted “mythbusting” clarifications, NUT school groups are opening up a discussion with headteachers and winning changes which are of benefit to teachers and education.

Sometimes these changes are being won quite easily through discussion.

Sometimes our members are having to take a firm position and demand that things change.

And in some cases our members have threatened, or actually taken, paid strike action in order to force the changes our members were seeking.

The key things in all these cases is that NUT members are working together, acting collectively and becoming the agents of change, which is very empowering.

The NUT is encouraging school groups to meet together to discuss workload concerns and agree a set of priorities for change to take to their headteacher.

The NUT will give full backing, including paid strike action, to members in schools seeking to win improvements in workload that can make a difference to teachers’ working lives.

We want to share all our successes at school level and use them to encourage discussion and change in other schools; so, if you have been able to make some changes in your school, please let us know and come along to the next local NUT meeting to tell people about it.

Many of the issues we are seeking to address arise from the absurd accountability agenda in education, which is reducing children to a number, and progress to a point on a graph.

The NUT will continue to challenge this and seek improvements nationally, but there is also a lot we can do at school level if Union members act together.


Action On Workload