Surrey Branch (NUT) of NEU latest news !!

Please see pic below : our first general meeting of the academic year, as a new Super Union, at Strodes College.

Well attended and good to see some new faces too.
Next meeting: 1800 Tuesday 14th November
Connaught Junior School
Bagshot GU19 5JY

NUT Branch meeting
Refreshments provided. All members welcome.

 

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Schools National Funding Formula: NEU comment

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s statement to the Commons on the new schools national funding formula, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Justine Greening has failed schools, pupils and parents in her announcement today.”

“The Government has been promising ‘fairer funding’ for years but has instead been cutting schools’ funding per pupil in real terms. This has resulted in larger class sizes, a reduced curriculum, fewer teachers, resources and materials. This clearly is detrimental to children and young people’s education.

“In anticipation of this announcement, the NEU and other education unions set Justine Greening five tests.  She has failed every one of them:

  • School cuts have not been reversed.  This announcement means that the vast majority of schools will have less money per pupil next year and in 2020 than when this Government took office in 2015.
  • There is no new money.  These plans are still based on taking money from other areas of education spending and making unrealistic assumptions about ‘efficiency savings’ which hard-pressed schools cannot achieve.
  • High needs, early years and post-16 education are not being fairly funded.  These areas have suffered the biggest cuts – but she has said nothing about early years and post-16 funding and the funding increases promised for high needs pupils are well below inflation.
  • She has made no long term funding commitment.  Schools need to be able to plan for the future.  Instead of announcing and guaranteeing funding for at least the next five years, she has not even confirmed the limited extra funding promised in the manifesto.
  • Historic underfunding will not be addressed.  Schools in historically underfunded areas may receive some extra money, but it will not be enough to protect them against inflation and other cost increases – and it is being taken away from other schools which will now lose even more.

“The NEU and other unions will be updating our School Cuts website www.schoolcuts.org.uk over the next few days, in order that parents can see the full impact of these proposals on every school.  We are also working with parent groups to organise a lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 24 October which will allow parents and others to show MPs the extent of opposition to these proposals.

“Education must be fairly funded and the only way to do that is to provide more money.  The NEU will continue to lead this campaign alongside parents until the Government sees sense.”

ENDS

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Next Surrey NUT Branch Meeting: 14th November 2017

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Surrey Branch

30 September 2017

 

Dear Colleagues

We now have a confirmed venue for the Branch Meeting on November 14th

 

It will be at:

Connaught Junior School Manor Way Bagshot Surrey GU19 5JY

 

and will be from 6.00 pm to 8 pm . Entry is controlled so you will have to announce yourself at the gates.  As well as the usual business of reporting  on what is going on locally and nationally this meeting will make nominations for Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Equalities Officer.   Together with the President and Ex-President these are the officers of the Branch. There are many other posts which will be nominated  for at the meeting of January 16th. If you you wish to stand for any of these posts or if you wish to nominate someone else please let me know at least ten days before the meeting.

 

It has been necessary to change the date of the Annual General Meeting. It will now take place on Saturday 17th February 2018.  The venue is confirmed as the H G Wells Centre in Woking. The meeting will be followed by a buffet lunch. More details will appear with the Annual Report.

 

My thanks go to Hayley and Lauren  for arranging the venue and my best wishes go to Philip who is already doing sterling work as Event organiser.

 

Finally may I remind contributors to the Annual Report that I am looking forward to receiving their reports.

 

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Returning to work after time out for caring

The Government Equalities Office is calling for evidence on the difficulties workers face in returning to work after caring. We are well aware of the difficulties faced by many teachers when returning from long term absence. Colleagues are encouraged to pass on the link to any members – who have returned to work after taking time off for caring responsibilities and those who are currently absent from work due to caring responsibilities – to respond to the questionnaire. The Union will be submitting a national response. The closing date is 23 October 2017, the questionnaires can be accessed via this link: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/returning-to-work-after-time-out-for-caring

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Retired Teachers’ Convention 2017

The annual NUT Retired Teachers’ Convention is happening on Tuesday 17 October. It will be held at NUT HQ in London and gives retired members an opportunity to meet and discuss a range of topics, including how to continue to participate in Union campaigns.
To book please visit our website – https://www.teachers.org.uk/news-events/events/nut-retired-teachers-convention.
Local officers are asked to look favourably upon requests from retired members for funding to attend the Convention.

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Inaugural meeting of the Surrey NUT section of the National Education Union: Tuesday 26th September 2017: Strodes College: 6-8 p.m.

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Dear Colleagues
The next meeting is the inaugural meeting of the Surrey NUT section of the National Education Union. It will be on Tuesday 26 September, 6.00 pm-8.00 pm., at Strodes College,  in room AW2,  with parking in the student car park. There will be refreshments. If you wish to bring ATL colleagues, they will be very welcome.
I will be away for most of the next two weeks so if you have any queries you will have to address them to Tami.
The Agenda for the meeting is 
1, Welcome
2. Minutes of 23 May 2017 and matters arising.
3. Reports from officers and National Executive.
4. Nominations
     (i)   National Vice President
    (ii)   Events Organiser
   (iii)  Delegates to National Conference
    (iv) Members of National Disciplinary Panel and Appeals Committee
5. Discussion of a joint plan of work and events  to include the ATL section
6.  Black Teachers, LGBTQ and Women`s sections: Officers and activities to include nominations to sectional conferences
Ted TruscoeAssistant Secretary
Surrey Branch of the National Education Union , NUT Section
01293 452071          07889 103 902    truscoe@blueyonder.co.uk
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: From today: 1st September 2017: we are now The National Education Union : new national website !

You can still try to log on to the National Union of Teachers website but you should try to log on to “https://neu.org.uk” for the latest news.

We will continue to publish information here and we will, very shortly, be adapting our logo, to reflect our new union status but, to all intents and purposes, all contact details here will remain the same, until we can manage the transition.

Exciting times!

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Stress survey: please respond !

Dear colleagues

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.

Regards

Ted Truscoe

Assistant Secretary
Surrey Division of the National Union of Teachers

01293 452071 07889 103 902 truscoe@blueyonder.co.uk

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“Responding to Young People’s Questions and Fears” One day FREE CPD to support teachers

Dear colleague

Supporting Teachers to Respond to Young People’s Questions and Fears

Whether it’s Brexit, Donald Trump, Syria or the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, national and international events are impacting on the lives of children and young people in schools up and down the country. Childline has reported a 35% increase in anxiety counselling sessions amongst young callers. Research indicates the reasons for the sharp rise are down to a combination of personal and political issues.

Teachers are increasingly being faced with questions and worries from young people. The NUT in partnership with EqualiTeach have developed a training course to help teachers respond in a supportive and effective fashion to young people’s questions and fears around these issues.

This training session will support participants to:

  • address their concerns about working with young people on issues that worry or distress them
  • explore techniques to deal with questions from young people
  • effectively challenge prejudicial attitudes
  • educate young people to help them to recognise misinformation and reject stereotypes, prejudice and hate
  • help young people to become active citizens and create positive communities.

London

Manchester

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney
General Secretary

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