New Years Resolution on Workload. Is your head listening? Many heads are taking action to reduce the unsustainable levels of teacher workload - and are moving to a system where they trust teachers to be doing their best for their pupils in the time they have available. Remember these headlines from the Government Independent Review Groups: Marking; “Marking has evolved into an unhelpful burden for teachers, when the time it takes is not repaid in positive impact on pupils’ progress.” (In other words stop triple marking now!) Planning; “School leaders should evaluate how they view planning int heir school. Access to good quality schemes of work should reduce workload rather than create it” (In other words stop asking for weekly lesson plans to be given in) Data; “Data has become an end in itself - divorced from the core purpose of improving outcomes for pupils.” (In other words stop the data that is about holding teachers accountable, rather than helping children learn). Hold an National Education Union meeting in your school. Discuss workload. Agree a few key things you all want to approach the head about. Elect a few people to see the head and represent the views of staff. If you have difficulty contact your local NEU officers. Kevin Courtney: NEU Joint General Secretary
Dear Colleagues, Following on from last year's very successful inaugural women's network event, the NUT section of Surrey NEU is arranging a women's network tapas . We're delighted that Louise Regan, NUT section President, has agreed to be our keynote speaker. We do hope you can join us. Here are the details: Saturday 18th November, 12.15 for 12.30. Giggling Squid, 67/68 Castle Street, Farnham. GU9 7LN. We hope to discuss some of the issues facing women trade unionists in Education, as well as in wider society. The Surrey Young Teacher officers and our Supply Teacher officer will also be there to answer questions and dip into discussions. The tapas and first drink is on us! Places are limited, so please reply by Sat November 11th, if you wish to book a place: email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please provide your name and school or college details. We look forward to meeting you, Best Wishes Jackie Baker ( National Executive member NUT section NEU) and Anne Leech ( Surrey NUT section Neu Equalities officer.)
NEU launches as the largest education union in Europe http://schoolsweek.co.uk/neu-launches-as-the-largest-education-union-in-europe/ … via @SchoolsWeek
Historic day as @NEUnion comes into being, rep 450k teachers across the UK. Huge opportunity to speak with a united voice. Good luck friends
We have been contacted by a masters student who is studying teacher stress. She has asked whether NUT members would be willing to complete a confidential online survey on the matter. If you have a chance, please fill out the survey - https://ntupsychology.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/stress_support It will be open for 2 weeks.