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NEU ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019
The FIRST Annual Conference of the National Education Union will be held from 9.00am on Monday 15th April to 1.00 pm on Thursday 18th April 2019 at the ACC Liverpool. For this Conference only, arrangements will be based on ATL Districts and NUT Associations including delegations, submission of motions, and voting at Conference. Detailed Conference arrangements are being considered by the JEC and will be circulated as soon as available. However, some arrangements were adopted at both Section Annual Conferences this year and can be shared at this stage:
||These should be submitted by 3 December 2018 and be no longer than 350 words. This word limit will be strictly applied by the Conference Committee. Further guidance will be circulated on how words will be counted. Motions will be circulated to Districts and Associations by 7 January 2019 at the latest.
||The deadline for nominations for the Conference Committee is 31 January 2019
||The closing date for priority voting on motions to be included in the Conference Agenda is 18 February 2019
||These should be submitted by 18 March 2019 and be no longer than 200 words.This word limit will be strictly applied by the Conference Committee.
If you have any queries regarding these arrangements please contact Karen Handley on 020 7380 4746 or email@example.com
Conference hotels 2019
Many associations have already booked hotels for Conference 2019 and taken advantage of the rates negotiated.
The allocation of rooms currently held are due to be released on Friday 13 July. After this date you will need to book rooms directly with the hotels and rooms will be available at the best price available at that time. Alternatively, you can book rooms through Karen Dunning at Conference Search (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will search for the best rooms and prices available for you.
Special Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Executive have agreed to a special award for members who have made a long-term contribution to the NUT. There are currently ways in which we recognise our members’ contributions to the Union including life membership (at local level), and Officer/Rep of the year. This award would recognise a wider category of activist – to recognise those members and their activism not always in officer roles, but carrying out a variety of tasks which supports the division or local association officers over a very long period of time. Recipients of the awards (which will be paid for by the nominating association/division) will receive a letter signed by the Joint General Secretary and be listed in the Teacher magazine. If you wish to nominate someone in your division/association, please email email@example.com with the text of the letter you wish to have signed and we will do the rest.
The online shop celebrates the timely arrival of sports bottles and polo shirts this week. These and other items available on the shop can be viewed here.
There has been a lot happening over the last week in relation to the funding campaign.Last week the Government published the School Workforce Census information. It showed there are 5,500 fewer teachers and 137,000 more pupils than last year:
- 2800 fewer TAs
- 1400 fewer support staff
- 1200 fewer auxiliary staff
- same number of teachers as 4 years ago but 48,6000 more pupils.
A video went out on Facebook on Saturday and we asked School Cuts supporters to write to their MP ahead of Tuesday’s House of Commons debate on DfE spending.
On Tuesday the Local Government Association announced that there is £3 billion missing from Children’s services budget.
Also on Tuesday, the NEU and other school cuts partners, NGA, Fair Funding for All Schools and Save our Schools met with reps from F40 group. It was an important meeting which made clear the position of the group is more in line with our campaign aims than ever before, acknowledging we need more funding in terms of the quantum for schools, not just a distribution mechanism which takes from some areas to give to others. Their position paper is available here.
During Tuesday’s parliamentary debate on DfE spending MPs from across the House contributed to the debate. This included many MPs referencing the amount of emails and letters they had received from constituents as a result of our work as part of School Cuts.
On Tuesday evening, I joined 40 Councillors from London as part of our work to develop a NEU Councillor network. All the information, presentation and pictures are available here and will be posted out to Councillors with responsibility for education and finance. We would like to replicate this meeting across the country. If you would be interested in hosting or organising one in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday School Cuts published a short video of MPs who spoke in Tuesday’s debate. This video powerfully illustrates that constituents had pressurised MPs prior to the debate through the School Cuts template letter.
On Saturday, School Cuts will be releasing the first in a series of videos highlighting the impact of school cuts on SEND. Emma Parker’s video is embargoed until tomorrow, but is viewable here. An email to all school cuts supporters will go out on Saturday from Emma asking people to watch the video and sign our petition.
In April, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) set up an independent expert review panel to evaluate the research evidence for Reception Baseline Assessment. The review body this week published its report, and arrived at conclusions which we think will be of concern to all heads, teachers and support staff.
BERA’s expert panel has demonstrated that the Government’s case for Baseline assessment is completely flawed, and is built on wishful thinking, not evidence. The DfE will spend nearly £10 million on introducing tests of four- and five-year olds which cannot produce reliable results and will not help teachers support children in their learning. This is a gross misuse of resources.
More Than A Score will be sending a summary of the report to all primary heads and assessment co-ordinators in England, within the next 10 days. The NEU will send the summary to primary reps.
Read BERA’s full report A Baseline Without Basis, and the NEU response to its findings.
Sign the petition against Baseline assessment.
KS2 results will be available to primary schools in England early in the morning of 10th July. Before then, we will publish the results of the NEU survey on teacher and pupil experiences of KS1 and KS2 SATs, on the NEU website. The survey results make clear that the test-driven curriculum is lowering education quality, and damaging children’s well-being. Please make use of the results in local media work. More Than a Score will continue the campaign against the SATs-driven primary assessment system with leaflets at the Durham Miners Gala and Tolpuddle.
As a first step in the workload campaign, we are surveying all members about workload in their school. We have found that if the email to members is sent by you as local officers, we will get much higher levels of engagement with our members. If you are happy for us to send this email on your behalf, please email email@example.com.
Please find below details of forthcoming action**. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:
|Springfield Primary School / Birmingham
|Tuesday 10 July
Wednesday 11 July
Thursday 12 July
|The John Roan School / Greenwich
(Transfer of Employer)
|Wednesday 11 July
Thursday 12 July
|Baxter College / Worcestershire
|Tuesday 10 July
Wednesday 11 July
** Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.
London Pride and UK Black Pride are here!!It’s Pride season and this weekend sees the NEU represented at the London Pride parade on Saturday and at UK Black Pride on Sunday (at Victoria Embankment). The NEU will have a bus and a walking group of over 100 at London Pride this year. If members are coming along to enjoy the day they won’t be able to miss us handing out our NEU flags and whistles and generally making our presence known.
UK Black Pride is growing year on year and is a brilliant celebration of intersectionality. The NEU donates to the event and will have a stall again this year, run by volunteer members, as we have for the past two years.
Information about all of the other Pride events going on across the country this summer at which we will have an NEU presence can be found here. If you know of something going on in your area to celebrate Pride (including Trans Pride events) please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add it to our information for members.
Let’s use this World Cup to Show Racism the Red Card
As you may have heard, England will play Sweden tomorrow afternoon for a chance to reach the semi-finals of the Football World Cup.
We hope you can use this opportunity to raise awareness about racism by tweeting @SRTRC_England when the game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.
You can order free copies of the latest SRRC posters (showing the winning drawing of their school competition and the England Football team) by emailing email@example.com
Forced academisation no longer inevitable – new advice published
An advice note setting out significant developments relating to the Government’s academies agenda has been published on the NEU (NUT Section) website . Along with a mounting body of evidence undermining the case for academy status, these developments provide further arguments for resisting forced academisation. Please read and share with local reps.
Musicians’ Union research
The MU, with whom we have a partnership and joint membership arrangement, is researching the challenges relating to access to music education, workforce fragmentation and contradictory government policy. There are four surveys, aimed at:
- Teachers with a responsibility for music who work in schools.
- Instrumental music teachers who work in music services, hubs or as independent teachers.
- Managers of music services, music education hubs or other organisations that deliver music education to young people.
- Head teachers of primary, secondary or special schools.
We encourage you to complete the surveys that are relevant to you here.The confidential information collected will form the basis of a report and future advocacy.
ADVICE & GUIDANCE
Disqualification by association no longer applies in school settings
From 31 August 2018 no teacher or support staff member will be prevented from working in a school setting with children under the age of eight by reason of an offence or offences committed by someone living in their household. Disqualification by association in non domestic settings has caused fear and misery to many and will not be missed. Congratulations to all the members who raised the profile of this issue and helped us put pressure on the Government to finally put things back to the former arrangement, where Heads and other school leaders are trusted to make sensible risk assessments. The DfE has published draft guidance, which will be republished as statutory guidance when the changes come into force on 31 August. The NEU is also updating its guidance to take account of this positive development. Existing NUT guidance is available at the