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Mental health chosen as National Education Union campaign

On a warm night in Newcastle (yes, they do exist) the first NEU Ideas competition came to a successful and laughter-filled close. 

The room was packed with excited student teachers, proud mentors and a smattering of celebrities too. 

Over the last six months, the entire primary cohort of Newcastle University's PGCE programme has been working with Union activists on what they believe the next big NEU campaign should be. 

Entires dealt with Initial Teacher Training funding, educational segregation, the constantly changing curriculum and a variety of mental health initiatives. 

Judged by a panel made up of NEU:NUT section president Kiri Tunks, Northern TUC secretary Beth Farhat, Howard Stephenson of Nottingham University, and Education Select Committee member and Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, the grand prize winners were debated for more than an hour. 

Congratulations to Kate, Jules and Naomi whose mental health campaign impressed the judges with their detailed research, decisive actions and clear goals. 

Keep an eye our for the campaign and come and play at next year's NEU Ideas. 

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 edition of The Teacher, the National Education Union magazine. 

Mental Health Campaign
NEU Ideas winners with their prizes

published on: 26 July 2018