Latest news from NEU: 1st February 2019 : Please note new national contact helpline !

February 01, 2019 | 19-004E



The Government’s recruitment and retention strategy – published this week – was widely criticised as being insufficient to tackle the major problems of excessive workload and dwindling pay. Damian Hinds unveiled the plans to try to attract and keep more teachers in the profession, amid mounting concerns about staff shortages. While containing some interesting initiatives, the strategy fails to address the wider, systemic issues which drive up workload, such as the accountability regime, while limited action on pay will not increase teacher salaries across the board.

As part of the strategy, ministers are advising head teachers to push back against Ofsted if they think inspectors made unreasonable demands for paperwork during inspections. This is further evidence that, despite official guidance and many warm words from the schools watchdog, Ofsted itself acknowledges that unacceptable practice continues. We are asking members – including heads – to let us know of examples of where inspectors ask for teachers to provide things which the guidance makes clear are not required. Please encourage members in schools which have recently been inspected to do this.

Meanwhile, a separate DfE report found that, while most heads say they have taken action to cut workload following guidance by the DfE and Ofsted – such as reducing or changing planning or marking policies – more than two thirds of leaders (68%) and almost half of teachers (47%) say these activities have not made their workload more manageable. The results, from the School Snapshot Survey from last summer, suggests actions taken by schools are not effective, again pointing to the wider drivers of workload which need to be addressed.

In another blow to recruitment and retention, in his submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) this week, Damian Hinds said a 2% pay rise for teachers this September is all that is “affordable nationally”. The STRB is currently taking evidence on what pay rise should be recommended. His comments came days after NEU, along with ASCL, NAHT and Voice, submitted a joint pay claim for 5%, saying this is appropriate to begin to address years of real-terms pay cuts.

Hinds’ submission was widely condemned by unions as “derisory” and “disgraceful”, placing huge shackles on what the independent review body can recommend when it reports in the spring.

His comments were made on the same day that we revealed the results of our latest pay survey, of 34,000 teachers, showing huge levels of dissatisfaction with pay. The survey showed 70% of respondents are thinking of leaving the teaching profession due to poor levels of pay or the PRP system. A growing number of teachers who were denied pay progression reported being told that this was due to funding shortages (19%, up from 17% in last year’s survey and 15% the year before).

Among teachers turned down for progression, the most common reason given was failure to meet objectives for pupil progress, cited by 32% of respondents. This is contrary to the recent report of the Workload Advisory Group, which says objectives and performance management discussions should not be based on teacher-generated data and predictions or solely on the assessment data for a single group of pupils.

This week we have written to NEU members who are school governors, asking them to get involved in the forthcoming National Governance Association (NGA) week of action. As part of the week – Funding The Future, from 25 February to 2 March, governors are being asked to lobby their local MP by inviting them to their school, by visiting their constituency office or by taking part in a national lobby of Parliament on 28 February. Please make sure teacher governors in your area know about this week of action and urge them to take part, along with fellow governors and head teachers.

We are asking members to confirm or let us know if they are governors and to RSVP to if they intend to attend the NGA national lobby.

Meanwhile, the school funding petition set up by a group of head teachers in Gateshead is approaching 56,000 signatures. Please continue to do all you can to promote this among members, to try to force MPs to debate the issue.

NEU oral evidence to Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
The NEU’s Mark Langhammer, Jacquie Reid from UTU and Gerry Murphy from INTO were in Westminster to give oral evidence at a hearing of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s school-funding inquiry on 9th January 2019. NEU-UTU-INTO had made a detailed submission to the Inquiry on school funding, which is available here.

As schools are invited to sign up to take part in this September’s pilot of the reception Baseline Assessment, campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) is protesting against the test.

MTAS is asking parents and teachers to take part in a Chalk Protest to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, testing children within weeks of starting school and using the results to judge schools against each other. Parents, teachers, heads and experts all agree that testing four-year-olds makes no sense, yet the Government plans to spend £10m on the scheme.

It’s easy to take part in the protest. Just chalk the message “Play Not Tests at 4” on a pavement or playground near you, take a photo and upload it to social media, using the hashtags #PlayNotTestsAt4 and #morethanascore

Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000: please continue to encourage members and parents to sign it.


NEU AdviceLine
The phone number for the NEU AdviceLine is 0345 811 8111.

This is the number that should be provided to all members. Please could all officers and reps check their email signatures to ensure that the correct number is provided. Please note that all other phone numbers for the NEU AdviceLine are out of date and should be removed


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
Galliard Primary School / Enfield
(Transfer of Employer)
Wednesday 6 February
Thursday 7 February
Susan O’ Shea
Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1 College/ Leicester (Restructure) Wednesday 6 February Toni Bennett
Shenstone Lodge / Sandwell
Wednesday 6 February
Thursday 7 February
Darren Barton>

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Annual Returns: Forms 102 & 103
The Finance Department are still missing Forms 102, 103 and a copy of the bank statement(s) showing the balance(s) at 31 December 2018 from approximately 60 former NUT Associations and Divisions. This information is a crucial part of the year-end consolidation process. If your former NUT Association’s/Division’s forms have not been submitted to the Finance Department, please could they be returned no later than 8 February.

Please contact Nikheel Channa at with any questions.

UN Anti-Racism day 16 March
Please raise awareness and encourage members across your district to take to the streets on UN Anti Racism Day. There will be demonstrations on the day in London, Cardiff and Glasgow.

From Trump in the US, right across Europe and back to Bolsanaro in Brazil the racist and fascist right are on the rise. It is vital that while the likes of Steve Bannon are trying to link up the far right on an international scale, we build the links between anti-racists and anti-fascists across international borders.

For more information please visit here.

Brexit Campaign
The historic parliamentary defeat of the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Bill only strengthens growing concerns around the consequences of a no-deal or bad deal Brexit on the education sector, with data suggesting this government has relied on foreign nationals to fill gaps left by chronic staff shortages.  In order to humanise and centre discussion on how this will impact in the classroom- we are looking for EEA national members or UK nationals living in EU member states to take part in a short film and ultimately feed into a guidance document. Please contact if you can know of any members that would be keen to help!


Proposed increase to the employers’ contribution to the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS)
Proposals to significantly increase employer contributions to the TPS is an immediate and real threat to the terms and conditions of NEU members in the independent sector from September 2019. Some independent schools will withdraw from the scheme; others will curb other spending, including pay. Click here to read a full briefing, including what members can do about it.


Applications open for international guest hosting
Applications are now open for branches, ISOs and members who would like to act as hosts for an international guest at Annual Conference. The role of host may include accompanying guests to appropriate fringe/breakout/CPD events, holding meetings with your delegation and arranging one or more evening meals with them, but is very flexible. This is an excellent opportunity to make a strong, lasting and fruitful connection with an international colleague. Click here to download an application form. The deadline for applications is 3 March 2019.


Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule
10.00-17.00, Saturday 9 February 2019
NEU HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

The third annual Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) Conference provides an opportunity to hear from those who have seen and experienced the reality of life under Erdogan’s authoritarian regime and invites you to find out more about what the campaign is already doing to build international solidarity and call to account both the Turkish state and the complicity of our own government. Click here for more information and to register. Download the conference flyer here.

Support Staff Conference
Saturday 2 March 9.30am-4.00pm
NEU HQ, Hamilton House, London WC1H 9BD

You can now book your place on the 2019 NEU Support Staff Conference – but hurry – places are limited. The conference is FREE for NEU members to attend, and reasonable travel expenses to and from London will also be paid.

Please visit the website for further information, workshop details and a full programme of the day.


On Wednesday, the window for submission of evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body closed. We made a joint statement with NAHT, ASCL and Voice calling for a 5% increase across the board (Press Association, Morning Star, Schools Week), released our own pay survey (Public Finance, TES, Education Executive), and the Government weighed in by saying that a 2% pay rise would be desirable. We criticised the Government for trying to direct the STRB on working within budget constraints, and said that the suggested amount was ‘derisory’ (BBC News, TES, Schools Week).

Barclay School was today transferred to Future Academies, a chain founded by Lord Nash. Kevin spoke to the Guardian about the grassroots campaigns against forced academisation.

Damian Hinds has recently made a renewed push for academisation and more free schools. Schools Week reported on his meetings with faith leaders (Schools Week) while we responded to the new application launch for free schools (Education Executive).

Elsewhere we commented on Adoption UK’s call for Ofsted to review how schools account for the way they support vulnerable students (TES), exclusions due to drugs and drink (Daily Mirror), breast ironing (Guardian), and the continuing issue of huge salaries for academy heads (Daily Mail).

Our recent press releases are available here.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
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NEU STOP PRESS UPDATE : 25th January 2019

January 25, 2019 | 19-003E



Indicative ballot
As you will know, the indicative ballot closed last week and results were reported to members on Monday. The final turnout was 31.4%, with 82% of members in schools and 84% of members in sixth forms saying they were willing to take strike action over funding cuts.

There was unanimous support for the campaigning work we have done on school and college funding cuts with members wanting this to continue. And, sadly but inevitably, the vast majority of respondents said cuts are harming their school or college, making it harder for leaders and teachers to do a good job for students and pupils.

While the turnout did not meet the 50% threshold for formal ballots imposed by this Government’s punitive trade union laws, the fact that more than 80,000 members gave us their views represents a huge and unprecedented achievement. This is a testament to all the hard work you have done to build the ballot in your local area. The responses members have given will provide us all with extremely useful information on which to build the next stages of the campaign.

The National Executive will consider the results in detail before making decisions on taking forward our funding and pay campaigns. In the immediate future we want you to continue working to keep funding high on the political agenda and to put pressure on the Government in the run-up to this year’s local elections and the Comprehensive Spending Review. You can do this by:

  • Encouraging members in your area to sign the Gateshead heads’ petition and get it to the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Parliamentary debate.
  • Build links with parent groups campaigning on funding in your local area.
  • Start to plan how you can engage your members and reps in actions during the run-up to the 2 May local elections to make funding a key political issue.
  • Keep visiting the website for the latest on the pay campaign.

School Governors Week of Action on Funding
From 25 February to 2 March the National Governance Association (NGA) are running a week of action – Funding The Future – calling on school governors to lobby their local MP by inviting them to their school, by visiting their constituency office or by taking part in a national lobby on 28 February. As part of this, the NGA has detailed 9 asks to the Government for this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

There is a growing chorus of voices joining us in protesting about funding cuts and seeking to apply political pressure and it’s important we work together. So please make sure teacher governors in your area know about this week of action and urge them to take part, along with fellow governors and head teachers.


Annual Conference, 15-18 April, Liverpool
More has been added to the annual conference webpage including a draft outline programme

Secretaries are reminded of the following Conference deadlines

Priority Voting
(Form C.05)
The closing date for priority voting on motions to be included in the Conference Agenda is 14 February 2019
Delegate Registration
(Form C.01)
The deadline for notification of delegates to Conference is 15 February 2019
Conference Committee
(Form C.03)
The deadline for nominations for the Conference Committee is 18 March 2019
Amendments The deadline for submission of amendments is 18 March 2019 (no longer than 200 words, the word limit will be strictly applied by the Conference Committee)
Observers to Conference
(Form C.08)
The deadline for Observer applications is 18 March 2019

If you have any queries regarding the above timetable, please contact or 020 7380 4746.

District Unity Bank Accounts
For all district bank accounts that have been opened with Unity Trust, an email confirmation has been sent to each signatory using their NEU email address. This confirmation includes the “Memorable word” required for online banking registration with Unity Trust.

It is a requirement to use your NEU email address to adhere to data protection regulations and ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place for the Union’s assets. The security for the Office 365 email system is maintained by the Union’s IT department.


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email address below:

Action Date Contact
Galliard Primary School / Enfield
(Transfer of Employer)
31 January 2019 Susan O’ Shea

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2019
Please remind your members about Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January and let them know that the excellent NEU Mosaic resources for schools are available to download. The messages for this #HMD2019  are Torn from Home and  the Holocaust Educational Trust’s #Be louder  campaign. #BeLouder emphasises the importance of Holocaust education against the disturbing rise in contemporary antisemitism and confronting hatred wherever we find it.


Nobel Laureate and founder of the 100 million campaign visits NEU HQ
Earlier this week, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi visited London and took part in a meeting and school visit with the NEU. A very successful meeting was held with Kevin Courtney, covering Satyarthi’s past work on child, human and labour rights and his current work with the 100 million campaign. The 100 million campaign seeks to empower 100 million young activists to fight for every child around the world to be free, safe and educated. Find out more about the 100 million campaign in the film The Price of Free.

Philippines: Teacher unionists under threat
Education International has urged the global education community to take action to express outrage at the death threats received by the General Secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in the Philippines. Find out more about the case and the unlawful profiling of ACT members on EI’s website, and take action here.


District and Branch Secretaries’ Conference, Friday 1 March
A reminder to all those who haven’t yet booked but would like to attend this event. We’ll be at the etc venues, in County Hall, near to Waterloo and Westminster stations, and almost opposite the Houses of Parliament on the south side of the Thames. Start time will be 11:00 and we’ll finish by 16:00.

Please click here for a list of all who’ve registered so far. If you aren’t on the list and would like to attend, please fill in your details here and book your travel as soon as you can, to take advantage of advance fares. We’re hoping most coming will be able to get to London without the need of overnight accommodation on 28 Feb. If however, you would need to leave home before 06:30 to reach the venue in time, there is space to indicate this on the booking form and the central events team will take care of hotel accommodation for you near to the venue.

National Health and Safety Reps training 12-14 March (Part 1) and 11-13 June (Part 2), Warwick University
This course is for elected NEU health and safety representatives at workplace level. It’s split into two parts allowing participants to reflect on their learning and put into practice some of the strategies developed during the course. The course will brief you thoroughly on your role and rights as a health and safety representative and give you a clear understanding of the basic framework of health and safety law. It will also empower you to approach health and safety issues collectively. Book your place here.

Treasurers Training, 20-22 and 22-24 May, Warwick University
The next Treasurers Training Courses are an excellent opportunity for NEU District Treasurers to learn how to perform this key function for their District and about the changes that have taken place regarding financial procedures since the full integration of the organisation.

Book your place on 20th-22nd May or 22nd –24th May


The result of our indicative ballot announced on Monday was reported on in TES, Schools Week and Education Executive.

A damning Public Accounts Committee report was released on Wednesday, shattering the Government’s illusion that academies and free schools enjoy proper oversight. We commented in the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, TES and again here, Huffington Post, ITV News, Education Executive and Public Finance.  Other reports in TES and the BBC focused on the failures around asbestos. Our original press release is available here.

Ludicrously, Damian Hinds chose the same day to call for more schools to academise. We responded in this PR.

Our reaction to the release of secondary school performance tables on Thursday was widely picked up in the regional press. An example here and the original press release is here.

This week we also commented on huge salaries for academy heads (Schools Week) and new curriculum proposals in Wales (SecEd).

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
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Results of Indicative Ballot from NEU


The ballot, which through our joint action with ASCL and NAHT was part of the biggest ever simultaneous survey of the teaching profession, closed on Friday.

The results show unanimous support for the campaigning work that the National Education Union has pioneered on school and college funding cuts: 100% of members want this to continue.

It is clear from members’ responses that the Government-waged cuts are crippling schools and colleges, making it harder for leaders and teachers to do a good job for our students and pupils.

It is also apparent that lack of money is pushing up class sizes, workload and stress, driving good teachers from the profession.

The situation is so serious that the vast majority of members told us they were prepared to take strike action over funding cuts.

The full results of the indicative ballot will be reported to the National Executive which will make decisions on how to take the campaign forward.

There is a growing chorus of voices protesting about the impact of funding cuts and pinning the blame, rightly, on this Government. From the families of SEND children bringing legal action against Damian Hinds, the parent groups organising a series of demos around the country in May, to the Gateshead head teachers launching a petition to try to force MPs to debate funding cuts, the issue is high on the public agenda.

Let’s keep it there.

This year will see the Government set out funding plans for the next three years in the Comprehensive Spending Review. So it’s vital we continue to apply pressure to ensure our schools and colleges are funded properly. And in the coming months local elections will take place across England, handing us an opportunity to exert further political leverage.

So as immediate next steps, we’re asking you to please:

  • Encourage members in your area to sign the Gateshead heads’ petition and get it to the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Parliamentary debate.
  • Build links with parent groups campaigning on funding in your local area.
  • Start to plan how you can engage your members and reps in actions during the run-up to the 2 May local elections to make funding a key political issue.
  • Keep visiting for the latest on the campaign.

Thank you again. Together, we will shape the future of education.

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Question Yes %
1 Do you believe the Government funding cuts are having a negative impact in your school? 99
2 Do you believe the Government should fully fund and implement its own review body’s pay recommendations? 97
3 Do you believe the NEU should continue to campaign on school funding, including through the School Cuts website and developing alliances with parents? 100
4 Would you be prepared to take part in strike action to secure better funding for schools and the full implementation of the teachers’ pay award? 82
Sixth form colleges
Question Yes %
1 Do you believe the Government funding cuts are having a negative impact in your college? 99
2 Do you believe the Government should extend grant funding for teachers’ pay award to all schools and sixth form colleges to fully fund its own pay review body’s pay recommendations and support a pay agreement for sixth form colleges? 100
3 Do you believe the NEU should continue to campaign on education funding, including developing alliances with parents and other stakeholders? 100
4 Would you be prepared to take part in strike action to secure better funding for colleges and fair pay for teachers? 84

Editor’s Notes

We consulted 257,849 members in England state schools, and 4,550 members in sixth forms. The turnout was 31.4% in total.

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Brexit News update advice from the NEU


As the prospect of the UK exiting the EU with no agreed deal in place becomes more likely, I am writing to reassure our EU citizen members and our UK citizen members working in the EU of our commitment to ensuring that you are not disadvantaged at work under any circumstance.

Last week’s historic parliamentary defeat of Theresa May’s Withdrawal bill only strengthens growing concerns around possible consequences for the education sector, with data suggesting this Government has relied on foreign nationals to fill gaps left by chronic staff shortages.

In a joint open letter to the British council last year, we urged Brexit negotiators not to underestimate the impact of leaving the European Union on schools and pupils. Concerns we raised in this letter- namely around safeguarding employment rights, exchange programmes and recruitment from the EU- are yet to be answered sufficiently.

As the March Brexit deadline approaches the urgency of our lobbying efforts increase. The NEU are putting together a guidance document and accompanying video to encapsulate our response to this national crisis.

If you are an EU citizen member without settled status or UK citizen member working in the EU and would like to share your experiences, please fill in the survey below.

click here to start the surveyWith much currently uncertain, rest assured that we remain unwavering in our resolve to protect our members from the damage being done by this Government.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union


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Safer Internet Day : 5th February 2019 : NEU supportive comments below.

Dear colleagues


The NEU is a supporter of Safer Internet Day 2019, taking place on 5 February.   In advance of the day, some videos have been produced – see link below – including one about how children feel when their parents post about them online without asking their permission.  Teachers, particularly primary teachers, may find these useful so please share as you wish.




Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2019


There are just three weeks to go until Safer Internet Day!

We are excited to say that we have launched a brand new social media pack for stakeholders! This includes social media posts you can schedule in the lead up to Safer Internet Day as well as on the day itself.  

We also have some exciting new videos to share with you! In these videos, young people answer some key questions on consent online, and talk about how they feel when their parents post about them online without asking permission first.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up as a Safer Internet Day Supporter! We have already seen over 600 organisations on the supporters list. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up as a supporter now! 

Best wishes,

Will Gardner OBE

Director, UK Safer Internet Centre
CEO, Childnet



NEW: social media pack for stakeholders

To help you get involved in Safer Internet Day we have created a brand new social media pack. This pack includes some key things to help you get involved on social media, including:

·         social media post to share now

·         a tweet to schedule for 8am on Safer Internet Day

·         posts for the 5th February

·         images to share on social media

·         ways to engage in the wider social media campaign, including the offline template

This year we need your help to start the conversation on Twitter! Please help us to
start Safer Internet Day by scheduling the below tweet to go out from your account at 8am on the 5th February.

Today is Safer Internet Day! Join us and @UK_SIC this
#SaferInternetDay2019 to create a better internet – RT to show your

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NEW: Video content you can share now

We have some new video content that looks at the theme of Safer Internet Day 2019, as well and giving an interesting insight into young people’s experiences of ‘sharenting’.

In the first video, the Childnet Digital Leaders answer some key questions on consent online. Starting with what they like doing online, to how easy it is to say no, they then finish with some top tips for other children their age (7-11 years old)! Watch it here.

In the second video, young people told us how they feel when their parents post about them online without asking permission first. Watch it here.

Also, if you havent taken a look already, our Education Packs and SID TV films are a fantastic way to inspire and engage young people to use the internet safely and positively.

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Register as a Safer Internet Day supporter

From schools to police forces, over 650 organisations across the UK have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day 2019!

All UK organisations working with young people who register as a supporter by the 3rd Feb will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher. All organisations already registered on the list will also be entered into the draw.

Rectangle: Rounded Corners: Register as a Safer Internet Day Supporter



Follow the conversation:

You can get involved in #SaferInternetDay2019 by:

·         Visiting

·         Following @UK_SIC on Twitter

·         Joining the national conversation using #SaferInternetDay2019

·         Liking @saferinternetuk on Facebook

·         Following @UK_SIC on Instagram

·         Helping to spread the word with our campaign toolkit

·         Downloading the education packs

·         Watching the SID TV films

Things you can share now:

Why not show your support for Safer Intenet Day on social media by sharing these posts:

On Twitter:

·         We are supporting Safer Internet Day on the 5th February! Join us and @UK_SIC to help create a better internet this #SaferInternetDay2019

·         Not long to go until Safer Internet Day 2019! This year we will be spreading positivity online! #SaferInternetDay2019 #OurInternetOurChoice @UK_SIC

On Facebook:

·         We will come together for a better internet this Safer Internet Day. @saferinternetuk have films and activities looking at consent online to help you get involved! #SaferInternetDay2019


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Inaugural Meeting of Surrey NEU: 26th January 2019 : URGENT INFORMATION

Dear Colleague



The inaugural meeting of the Surrey District of the National Education Union will take place on the 26th January at the Holiday Inn Guildford at 10.00 ( followed by lunch).


The papers for this meeting are attached (see below *).

One item on the agenda is the prioritisation of motions for Annual Conference at Easter. Every year, local organisations send in motions that they hope will be discussed at Conference; shortage of time means that only a few of these will actually appear on the final agenda. On 26 January we will have a chance to say which 6 motions we would like to see discussed.  There will be hard copy of the motions submitted available at the meeting but I thought that you would like a preview of them all so that you can select the ones you would want to appear ( that is the Motions Booklet attached).


There are a number of posts which are unfilled as yet and these are detailed on the agenda. Please give some thought to nomination for these. Without officers, there is no union.


The car parking at the Holiday Inn is not free for casual visitors so you will need to report to reception on arrival and say which meeting you are attending. There will be lunch available but numbers are restricted. Please let Philip Clark know if you are attending


At this inaugural meeting it is important that we are quorate so please make every effort to attend.


Best wishes to you all

Ted Truscoe

Assistant Secretary

Surrey District NEU

01293 452071  07889 103 902

*Inaugural Meeting 26.1.19

*Surrey NEU rules 2 Oct 2018 DRAFT

*Motions Booklet 2019

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National NEU Latest News: Ballot update: 9th January 2019


Dear All,

Happy NEU year!

We are in the last two weeks of the indicative ballot, which closes midnight on Friday 18 January.

It is vital over the next week that we take this final opportunity to ensure the highest turnout possible.

Below is an update of the communications members will receive if they haven’t voted.

Ballot communications going this week:

Monday: All members that haven’t voted received an email about Damian Hinds’ broken promise for all schools to receive a cash increase and allows them to vote directly. This will exclude our postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes, (this email came from Kevin and Mary).

Wednesday: All members that haven’t voted will receive a text that allows them to vote directly, this excludes postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

A reminder to complete postal ballots will also be sent by text to Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes.

Tuesday 15 January: All members that haven’t voted will receive a text that allows them to vote directly excluding postal vote areas, Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

All members that haven’t voted in Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes will get an email reminding them to vote.

Thursday 17 January: All members who haven’t voted will receive an email allowing them to vote via email. This excludes postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

Friday 18 January: All members who haven’t voted will receive a text allowing them to vote. This excludes postal vote areas, Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes.

The ballot will close at midnight on Friday 18 January

All emails will come from the National Education Union and the text message will come from NEU. Please encourage members to check their junk or spam mailboxes.

This ballot update includes information on:

  • Enquiries and requesting new ballot papers
  • RELAY: What it is and how to order a campaign
  • How to access your membership list and to see your LA turnout by school
  • Workplace resources
  • Hands Up campaign websites

Enquiries and requesting new ballot papers
All enquiries need to be directed to this webform. This includes requests for new ballots and also ballot IDs for people to vote online.

Members only need to complete this form if they cannot find a text or email to vote.

RELAY: What it is and how to order a campaign
Relay is a peer-to-peer text messaging tool, via an online portal, that enables interactive contact with wider groups of members. Unlike bulk text messaging, Relay allows members to reply, enabling you to have organising conversations with them. The best part is you can have multiple message senders and not have to do it all yourself, so if you had 3000 members to text and you found a group of 10 people to help you, then each activist would be assigned 300 people each to text message.

Assess your aims
Think about what you are trying to achieve and don’t miss an opportunity to have an organising conversation using this tool. Yes, we want to know if people have voted and give them a nudge if they haven’t, but we also want to build our strength in schools and colleges – that means asking people to step up. From putting a poster up to becoming a Rep, utilise this opportunity to build your district. Read our extremely helpful Get Ready To Relay planner here for more tips and creating stronger outcomes.

We recommend that you offer people your next district meeting in the form of a sign up link and an invite to your activist whatsapp/facebook group. You can put both these links in the relay request form.

  1. Identify your target
    Who do you need to engage to meet your aim? You could message all activists, a specific set of workplaces or workplaces with no rep?
  2. Recruit your Relay Squad
    You need people to help you text, we’re calling that a ‘Relay squad’ – this could be Local Officers, Reps and anyone willing but you need to recruit them and keep track of who they are so that you can fill in the order form properly
    Once you’ve recruited them, your squad members need to sign up for Relay themselves by going to this link: , they must be registered on Relay before you move to step 4.
  3. Fill out a Relay Request Form
    Fill out the online regional form to request a Relay Campaign:

    London Region Relay Request
    South East Region Relay Request
    South West Region Relay Request
    Eastern Region Relay Request
    Midlands Region Relay Request
    Yorkshire Midland Region Relay Request
    Northern Region Relay Request
    North West Region Relay Request

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Latest up to date news from NEU : December 2019


December 14, 2018 | 18-039E



Indicative ballot
As we get nearer to the Christmas break, we want to encourage as many members as possible to vote in the indicative ballot, before the festive season gets into full swing.

This week, Ealing NUT Section secretary Stefan Sims has given his take on how he’s been building the ballot in the London borough. While having a fairly small patch to cover – and a motorbike – has undoubtedly helped, Stefan’s successful approach has been based around a few straightforward steps, focused on contacting reps, visiting schools and calling members he can’t meet in person.

Mary and I took part in our final ballot-themed Facebook live this week, talking about how workload is increasing because of funding shortages and answering members’ questions. It is available to watch back on the NEU Facebook page.

This week the Government responded in writing to the Parliamentary petition set up by a group of head teachers in Gateshead, calling for an increase in school funding. The response was the usual DfE nonsense about “more money going into schools than ever before”. School staff and parents know the reality: that schools are struggling to provide even the basics due to funding shortages, as cash going into schools is failing to keep pace with inflation and rising pupil numbers. The petition has now reached 30,000 signatures. Please sign and share it to help get it to the 100,000 signatures it needs to be debated in the Commons.


NEU Annual conference
Letters were sent to Associations advising them of the number of delegates they are entitled to send to Conference 2019.  Delegates will have been elected either at a quorate general meeting or by a ballot of the membership. Please do let us have your delegate information as soon as possible – although the deadline for informing Head Office is 15 February 2019, it will not be possible to elect Association delegates next year.   Delegate credentials will be processed, printed and despatched direct to delegates, there will be no registration at Conference itself, only lost badges will be processed at Conference.  Amended credentials can be despatched during the spring term.


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
Langdale Free School
Wednesday 19 December
Thursday 20 December
Inscape House School
Wednesday 19 December

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Pay Progression Survey
The annual NEU pay progression survey has so far received nearly 30,000 responses, more than twice the number received last year. The initial results confirm that too many members are continuing to be turned down for progression on inappropriate grounds but are not appealing. Local secretaries should consider how they can help encourage members to use their right of appeal and support them in doing so

Next week: Keeping pressure up on Government ‘state of denial’ on serious and rising levels of child poverty (embargo for Monday 17th December)

Next week, on Monday 17th December, the NEU will publish a poll of over 1,000 members about child poverty at Xmas.

The poll will reveal teachers’ concerns about the worsening patterns in relation to:

  • housing insecurity and homelessness
  • families’ inability to afford adequate shoes and clothing for children
  • child hunger during the Xmas holidays
  • the picture of extra items and support that schools must provide for families
  • the impact on pupils’ mental health and dignity

Please look out for the findings when released on Monday. Please share on Twitter/Facebook, from Monday. We must highlight the consequences of Government policies for children and children’s rights, and demand alternative policies on wages, jobs and social security. We will share the findings with all political parties.

Privatisation Update
December’s edition of Privatisation Update is on the website with the latest on academies, free schools and privatisation, including: an alliance of unions, parents and councils are fighting a Catholic Diocese’s plans to academise its schools; Ofsted criticises the “half-way” house of academisation in its annual report and says it will introduce a new inspection process for academy chains; and the latest facts and figures on the increasing rate and costs of academy transfers as well as news of recently revealed financial scandals in the academies sector.

Fred and Anne Jarvis award – last chance to nominate!
There is just one week left to make nominations for the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019. The award recognises the contribution of an individual outside the Union. The criterion for the award states:

“The award should be made to a person outside the union who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the NEU’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.”

Nominations must be submitted on the form available on the website by 5pm next Friday 21 December. Further details are available here.

Show Racism the Red Card: let’s build schools’ involvement in 2019

This term, between the NEU, Unison and SRtRC we managed to get 2,500 schools in England and Wales to use Wear Red Day in their school to talk about racism.

Racism remains an issue that every school needs to be talking about, and planning to proactively challenge. One way to do this is for schools to get involved with Show Racism the Red Card and use the power of footballers as role models for young people.

Please watch and share on twitter the trailer for SRtRC’s brand new film here.

In your next newsletter, please encourage reps to enter their school into the SRtRC Schools Competition 2019 – the closing date for registration is 28 February.

Supply Teacher Officer training
The Union is canvassing interest in a training course for new Supply Teacher Officers to run sometime in 2019.  Please ask any new Supply Teacher Officers to contact the training team if they would be interested in attending Supply Teacher Officer training. They can contact the training team on

Settlement Agreement Case Referral Form
Please would all NEU caseworkers, including former NUT and ATL local officers, use the NEU Settlement Agreement Case Referral Form to refer settlement agreements to the Settlement Agreement Team in Doncaster. The form can be found on the NUT website under settlement agreements – officer documents. You’ll need to log in to the website to access the form. You’ll also find guidance and resources on this page.


Tell Iranian Authorities to stop the crackdown on trade unionists
Educators and unionists in Iran continue to be persecuted by authorities for peacefully defending their rights and freedoms. At least 15 teachers were arrested following two-day strikes in November, while teacher trade unionist Mohammed Habibi remains in prison amidst reports of severe mistreatment. Join the Education International and LabourStart campaign to support Iranian teacher trade unionists and tell the authorities to stop jailing educators now. You can also read more about the situation in Iran here.

Advance notice: opportunity to host an international guest at Annual Conference
Following a successful pilot project at this year’s NEU-NUT Section Annual Conference, we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity to host an international guest at Conference to members, districts and branches. The role of a host may include accompanying guests to appropriate fringe events, holding meetings with their delegation and arranging one or more evening meals with them. This is an excellent opportunity to make a strong, lasting and fruitful connection with an international colleague. Details and applications will be shared in early 2019.

Tri-National Coalition in Defense of Public Education
From 9-11 November 2018, delegates from the NEU-NUT Section participated in the 13th Conference of the Tri-National Coalition in Defense of Public Education. The Tri-National Coalition was initiated in 1993 in response to NAFTA, the tri-national trade agreement that included Canada, the US and Mexico. The theme of the Conference this year was ‘Internationalism: a strategy for struggles to defend education as a social right’ and included school visits, plenaries and workshops. The full Delegation Report, compiled by Louise Regan, is available here.


At the weekend I attended a National Housing Summit at NEU headquarters and stressed the importance of genuinely affordable housing for teachers and other workers on low or moderate income. On Sunday I was on the anti-fascist demonstration, also in London. Some of you may have seen my photo on the front page of Monday’s Guardian, marching at the front of the demo.

A letter from the NEU signed by myself and Mary to members in Catholic schools, setting out the risks of the increase in academisation currently being considered by Bishops, was reported in Schools Week.

Also in Schools Week, we commented on plans to share the annual £50m expansion funding between 16 schools.

In the TES on Wednesday, Mary reacted to a rumoured proposal for the new Ofsted inspection framework that would allow just 150-minutes notice before an inspection. She also commented on another TES article about Lord Agnew’s business interests in Zen Education, which helps schools recruit staff, and on the School Dash app.

We also commented on a widely-used Press Association story about the number of local authority run secondary schools in deficit. You can read an example here. And I also appeared in a Press Association story today, reacting to the primary school performance tables.

This will be the last e-Bulletin this term unless there is any urgent issue we need to contact you about next Friday.

The NEU e-Bulletin to local officers will launch in January.

Best wishes to you all for an enjoyable break.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

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URGENT NEWS ! NEU officers elected and Inaugural Meeting of Surrey NEU : 26th January 2019 : ACTION NEEDED !

Dear Colleagues
Nominations for officers of the Surrey District closed at midnight on 10 December 2018.  These nominations were for officers who will take up post on 1 September 2019 following the decision of the District that existing officers  would have their terms of office extended to 31 August 2019.
Many posts received no nominations and they will have to be elected at the inaugural meeting of the District on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the Holiday Inn Guildford which starts at 10.00 and will be followed by lunch.
Please make an effort to attend !
 Please let Phil Clark know that you are coming to ensure your lunch
Some posts did receive nomination and as in each case there was only one, the following are elected unopposed.
                                                                                                            President                         Dan Warrington
                                                                                                            Vice President                 Leslie Jackson
                                                                                                            Ex-President                    Anne Leech
                                                                                                            Secretary                         Tamsin Honeybourne
                                                                                                            Treasurer                         Philip Clark
                                                                                                            Equalities Officer            Anne Leech
                                                                                                            Events Organiser             Philip Clark
The Division`s thanks go to our long-standing Treasurer Carole Truscoe who is retiring on 31 August as is your Assistant Secretary, Membership Secretary, Safety Adviser and East Surrey Caseworker  (me). We have an able replacement for Carole but I hope that one or more of you may wish to stand for  my posts.
With fraternal best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
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November 02, 2018 | 18-033E



Hands Up, Because Enough’s Enough – Simultaneous members consultation to begin soon

In his Budget this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond comprehensively failed the 6 tests we set for him on school funding.

The £400m in capital funding for schools to pay for the “little extras they need” was a derisory gesture from a Government hopelessly out of touch with the reality in our schools. It is a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.5bn lost from school budgets since 2015 and all the signs suggest the cuts will continue.

Enough is enough.

We are working closely with colleagues from ASCL and NAHT to ramp up our campaign for proper funding for our schools and colleges. We have agreed that our 3 unions will simultaneously consult all our members – in the NEU through an indicative ballot – on what steps heads and teachers in schools and sixth form colleges are prepared to take to convince this Government to change course.

We plan to start this consultation in the week ending 16 November, so we need you, our experienced local officers, to help get the message out to members and reps in your area and encourage the biggest possible turnout.

Colleagues in regional offices will be running briefings for local officers – please contact your regional office if you don’t already have details. Materials will then be available for you to host rep briefings in your association: we would urge you to book these now if you haven’t already done so, or turn your next association meeting into a briefing. We will shortly be mailing out further details, including indicative ballot FAQs. In the meantime please visit for updates.

A press release will appear here at 0001hrs Monday, announcing the simultaneous surveying of members in ASCL, NAHT and NEU on next steps for the campaign.  The germane information is covered in the paragraphs above, and is again subject to the embargo of 0001 Monday to ensure impact in the press.

We have a huge opportunity to unite as a profession to fight for the funding our schools need. But to do this we must secure a strong turnout and yes vote which will send a clear message to Government. Thank you in advance for your support.


District Rules

Once you have agreed your draft District Rules, please send them to Thanks to those of you who have already done so.

NEU Leadership – School leaders and college managers within the NEU

The NEU leadership section ‘NEU Leadership’ will retain members in the Union as they progress into leadership and management roles in schools and colleges. NUT members in leadership posts and current AMiE members will transfer to the NEU leadership section on 1 January 2019. For NUT members this will mean an increase in their annual subscription. The Union will be contacting this group of members separately to inform them of this change. The Union’s subscription rates are available here.

Membership of NEU Leadership will apply to those who are:

·       Headteacher/Principal

·       Deputy Headteacher/Vice Principal

·       Head of Centre/School/College (Post 16)

·       Assistant Headteacher/Assistant Principal

·       CEO/Executive Head/Leader of MAT

·       Director/Assistant Director of Education

·       Business Manager/Bursar/FE Manager/FE Finance Manager

For details of the NEU leadership offer please read more here. [please log in before clicking on the link].


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
The John Roan School / Greenwich

(Transfer of employer)

Wednesday 7 November
Langdale Free School / Blackpool Wednesday 7 November

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Refugee Week 2019

Please include the following in your bulletins/newsletters to members/reps.

Has your school put Refugee Week into the calendar for 2018/19 yet? It takes place from 17-23 June next year and the NEU is once again the only education union supporting it. We are planning some exciting activities for schools to get involved in and resources they can use. More information to follow in the new year.

Blair Peach Award – 2019

Do you know a Union member who is making a positive difference to equality and diversity in their school or Union branch in your area? Why not nominate them for the prestigious Blair Peach Award? Download a nomination form here or email . The closing date for nominations is 18 December 2018.


Latest edition of Global Matters now available

The newest edition of Global Matters is now available on the NEU-NUT Section website. This edition includes stories about Cuba, Palestine, Iran and the US, as well as opportunities for you to take action in defence of human and trade union rights across the globe. Updates on the Send My Friend to School Campaign, communications, events and trainings are all included as well. Download the publication here.


Latin America 2018 – Adelante!

9.15-18.00, 1 December 2018
Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3LW

The Trump Presidency has overseen a worrying rise in US interventions in Latin America, with the blockade of Cuba being tightened, sanctions threatened on Nicaragua, and Trump pushing for military intervention in Venezuela. But the resurgent right-wing in Latin America is facing resistance, with the Left winning the Mexican election, and trade unionists and popular movements mobilising to defend social progress across the region. Come along to hear eyewitness accounts and get involved in standing up to Trump’s interventions in Latin America. Click here to register.


The week was dominated by the Chancellor’s Budget speech. His crass remarks about granting £400m to schools for “little extras” met with anger and ridicule, made worse the following day with his claim that it had been a “nice gesture” to do so. The NEU was quoted widely, including the Daily Mirror, Schools Week, Politics Home, Education Executive, Public Finance, LBC, Huffington Post, TES, the Times, Children & Young People Now, and the Guardian. Our full comment is here.

Too late for last week’s bulletin was Mary’s appearance on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, where she discussed bursaries. This was off the back of a story which showed the numbers of trainees who do not go on to teaching jobs. You can listen to the interview here for a week.

There was further reporting this week of the Raise the Rate campaign for sixth form funding (Education Executive), and we contributed to a TES story about behaviour management, as well as responding to the new IFS report which shows how the gap between rich and poor in education has shifted in recent years (Schools Week, the Independent, and Press Association – our full comment is here).

Mary’s latest blog for TES dealt with SEND issues. Please read and share.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary


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