POST GENERAL ELECTION
Thanks to your work, the NUT has earned a lot of well deserved credit for our general election campaign, including by the TES and in this article by Sam Freedman.
We will be watching the Queen’s Speech carefully next week to see if it announces more money for schools or more money for public sector pay. Whether any such money will be sufficient to make up for the cuts of the last two years remains to be seen but seems unlikely. We must step up the campaign to ensure that schools get the funding they need.
- Go to see your MP, target the marginal seats.
- Set up a stall at the school summer fairs
- Plan a local demo
Order your materials here.
There is a fuller version of the above in this Facebook post by the General Secretary.
List of most marginal MPs
PDFs of the materials are available here
New Warwick Mansell blog for the NUT
The education journalist Warwick Mansell has started a fortnightly blog for the NUT. His first post is a hugely positive assessment of the impact of the School Cuts campaign and its future: “School cuts campaign cuts through”. Please share widely within your networks and on social media.
Primary Assessment Campaign
The Government said that owing to the chaos of the 2016 SATs data from these tests would not be used in isolation to make judgements on schools. There is evidence emerging that, despite assurances this would not be the case, schools and school leadership are being judged on the basis of these results alone (e.g. by the National College).
Please speak to teachers, in particular leadership members, and let us know what is happening in your area by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing in the TES Kevin Courtney presented the case for reform and why baseline assessment does not provide the answer. The blog challenges the NAHT view that using baseline assessment to create a progress measure will take the pressure of the school accountability system off teachers and schools. Please share the blog.
All primary members and primary leadership members were emailed this week to ask them to take part in the primary assessment consultation by 22 June. Advice and guidance on responding to the consultation is available on our website.
The More Than a Score campaign also emailed supporters to encourage them to take part. Guidance for parents on responding to the consultation is available on the More Than a Score website.
Over 2,300 primary teachers and school leaders took part in our 2017 SATs survey. Hundreds of members wrote in comments describing the experiences in their school. We will be publishing a report of the results next week to coincide with the end of the primary assessment consultation.
School Direct Charter
This week, alongside NQT materials, you should receive copies of the NUT Charter for School Direct, which you can also view online here.
This document has been produced as a tool for workplace reps, local officers, and NUT Staff to recruit and engage School Direct members and potential members and organise them to secure the best possible training experience as well as good terms and conditions for those on a salaried programme. Please use this Charter to speak with members coming to the end of their School Direct training about their experiences, and especially as new School Direct trainees begin at your schools and in your associations over the summer and post-September. A number of regions and associations have also begun to speak with universities, academy chains, and SCITT providers about getting this charter adopted as policy and we encourage you to do the same and let us know your progress and successes. Please email feedback to email@example.com
NUT Official elected onto the Governing Body of the ILO
Amanda Brown, NUT Assistant General Secretary has been elected onto the governing body of the International Labour Organisation, workers’ group. This is the first time that a woman has been elected to this post from the UK trade union movement.
The ILO, an agency of the UN, brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States to promote rights at work, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Kevin Courtney said; “The ILO is based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. Amanda has previously presented evidence to the ILO of ways in which the UK falls short of international standards. The NUT has a proud history of international solidarity and I am delighted that Amanda has been elected to take up this important role.
23 June 2017 – Office Closure & e-Bulletin
As you know the Union is taking the unprecedented step of closing all offices, the AdviceLine and HQ on Friday, 23 June in order to bring all staff together as part of the work we are doing as we move towards the National Education Union. Therefore, next week’s e-Bulletin will instead be sent out on Thursday 22 June.
Joint Secretaries Briefing: Friday 30 June – Saturday 1 July
Please click here for the briefing programme.
Please feel free to bring publicity materials to the briefing which will be out on display. We will confirm your accommodation that the NUT has booked for you next week.
The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education: International Law & Human Rights Launch Event – 28 June
The Bingham Centre Rule of Law for Citizenship Education engages secondary school students in discussions about law, politics and by providing free resources which equip students with the criticality to challenge the world around them. Their latest textbook, ‘International Law and Human Rights’ provides five lesson plans with learning objectives, student printouts, background information on each teaching point and glossaries containing definitions of key legal terms and concepts.
They would like to invite secondary school members of the NUT to their launch event on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 17:00 to introduce the material, provide training on its content, and help teachers to become more confident when delivering the lessons provided.
The event will be held at the offices of Travers Smith LLP, 10 Snow Hill, London EC1A 2AL. The session will be interactive and there will be opportunities for feedback and sharing of best practice with other educators. Every attendee will receive a free copy of the material and there will be a drinks reception to allow time for networking. To avoid disappointment, book your place. Any questions, comments or queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race at Work promotional films
The Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) has created a webpage containing graphic novels, short youtube films and posters highlighting some of the main findings from the 2015 Business in the Community (BITC) ‘Race at Work’ survey. These materials will support promotion of the Union’s Barriers report. Please take a look.
Equality Conferences 2017 – Important Update
Over 30 people have already applied to the Disabled Teachers Conference this year and over 40 to the Black Teachers Conference. The application forms have been sent directly to your association/division secretary’s generic email address for authorisation and payment. If you don’t normally use the generic account please check it to see whether any of your members have applied for DTC or BTC 2017. If you are awaiting committee meetings or general meetings to make your decision on who to send then we look forward to receiving the completed applications with payment from you before the summer break. Members will not have a confirmed place until we receive the forwarded application form and payment from the association/division.
For any queries relating to the equality conferences this year 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:
ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
Fire safety in schools
This week’s devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London has reinforced the need to review fire safety arrangements in schools. In late 2016, the DfE proposed many changes to school fire safety designs, which included removing the ‘expectation’ that new schools be fitted with sprinklers and allowing significantly larger fire ‘compartments’ without the need for sprinkler systems. The NUT and FBU vigorously opposed these changes, as they would pose a serious threat to safety of pupils and staff should a fire break out. Grenfell Tower was not fitted with a sprinkler system, and Matt Wrack of the FBU has suggested that recent renovations to the building may have compromised the fire compartments.
This joint campaign forced the DfE to shelve the proposals and consult further with the NUT, FBU and other experts. A final decision was expected in early 2017, but to date, the DfE still has not published the outcome of the consultation. The NUT will be urgently pursuing this issue with Justine Greening, calling on her to reverse these proposals which would significantly reduce the fire safety of schools. We will be encouraging the other education unions to support us in this campaign. NUT guidance on fire safety and sprinklers in schools are available on the website.
Please bring the following items to the attention of ISOs and members locally:
Struggling in the Shadows: Events to Mark Srebrenica Memorial Day
A reminder that this year, the NUT in partnership with Remembering Srebrenica, will host three separate but related FREE events at NUT HQ. For more information and to register to attend any or all of the events please visit here.
Send My Friend to School campaign
World leaders have promised a quality education to every child in the world by 2030. However, a key piece of the puzzle is missing – the money to pay for this education – meaning that there are currently 263 million children missing out on school, both at primary and secondary. We are calling on the UK government to play their part in solving this education crisis. Thousands of schools across the country are supporting the Send My Friend to School campaign. Click here to find out more and download your FREE teaching resource pack with everything you need to bring the campaign to life in your classroom – including films, real life stories and activities.
World’s Largest Lesson 2017
Join thousands of educators in over 100 countries taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson 2017. The lesson will inspire you and your students to support the Sustainable Development Goals through learning and action. To find out how to take part click here.
IN THE NEWS
This week has been dominated by the horrific fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in London claiming so many lives and causing such hardship and trauma for others.
In other news the media have been analysing the surprise General Election result. The NUT’s campaign against school cuts played a pivotal role in this election; a fact that has been recognised on twitter with senior commentators name checking the strength of the campaign, such as Chris Cook from Newsnight and Stephen Bush of the New Statesman.
I also commented on the rise in pupils not getting their first choice of secondary school place for the Independent while the NUT’s stand against the expansion of grammar schools was highlighted in a Schools Week editorial.
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