Agenda for Surrey Division Meeting: Tuesday 23rd May at 6.00 p.m.
Engelfield Green Infant School, Barley Mow Road, Engelfield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0NP.
I enclose the available papers for the next meeting of the Executive Committee. Please bring these papers with you.
I look forward to seeing you on the 23 May
Surrey Division of the National Union of Teachers
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Tues 23 May at 6.00 pm. Engelfield Green Infant School
Barley Mow Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0NP
- Apologies for Absence:
- Report of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising
- Motion: That a Women`s network meeting be held in the Summer Term with a budget to be agreed by the Committee :
Proposed by Marilyn Stevens; seconded by Veronica Bale
- Annual Conference: reports and impressions
- Sections: reports and discussion on budgets
- National Executive
- Regional Office
- Equalities Officer
- Health and Safety
- Any Other Urgent Business.
There will be refreshments served before the meeting
Minutes of a General Meeting on 30th March 2017:-
- In the Chair: the President Mr S Al-Zuhairi
- Apologies for absence: Fred Greaves, Karen Burt, Craig Nunes, Sam Sulkin, Jan Pells, Veronica Bale, Jim Brennan, Jackie Baker
- Minutes of 17 January 2017 : These were agreed as accurate.
4. Matters Arising from the minutes:
(i) Margaret Lawrence the school representative at Glebelands will be attending Conference. .
(ii) No central guidance on childcare allowances has been received from the Unionnationally.
(iii) The teacherin system proposed by officers of Kingston Association at the meeting of17 January has not been approved by the Union nationally; we await further comment.
(iv) Following the AGM and the previous meetings donations were approved and have been made to:-
|Justice for Colombia:
|East Africa Appeal:
|| ( emergency decision by officers)
(v) The funding for school budgets and for Surrey Arts has been cut in real terms
(vi) Ted Truscoe spoke movingly at the Holocaust Memorial service at County Hall
- National Executive Member: Cuts in school funding are making some schools consider extreme measures. A Four-Day week has been proposed in some. It was hoped that following the successful meeting of the Women`s network another would be arranged for the Summer term. There were plans for an organising forum for retired members.
- Secretary: There have been a number of difficulties with agencies with bad employment practices and inappropriate placements. Competency procedures are now becoming so common that they are no longer preventing redeployment elsewhere but they continue to be a major source of stress. Redundancies are expanding in LA schools, academies and independent schools. This is increasing stress and also workload on the survivors. At Schools Forum support for Surrey Arts has been cut as LA schools do not wish to subsidise provision for academies. Four S is in trouble with a refusal of extra money for school improvement. Surrey still own 19.9% of Four S but there seems to be little they do with it and it is not often mentioned. School budgets are badly hit by new plans. There is a new website on school funding so that they can see just how big the hit is. The pace of academisation is quickening again. A London Diocese MAT is beginning to appear in Surrey. TATU is slowly bubbling away with very slow responses from academies. Finally, Holocaust Memorial Day will be observed at County Hall again this year; Ted Truscoe will bespeaking.
- Treasurer presented the balances for the Division.
The Treasurer said that the finances were healthy and this had allowed us not only to make a number of donations and send a record number of delegates to Annual Conference as well as 4 to the LGBT+ conference, 2 to Young Teachers, 1 to Supply and 1 to the TUC Black Workers` Conference.
- Secretary: Casework has expanded to a lunatic degree. The Secretary thanked all caseworkers who made this bearable. The Secretary herself had 27 currently active cases with 9 fresh ones appearing that morning. There were particular problems with United Learning and closure and amalgamation of independent schools. Academy heads are developing highly idiosyncratic systems of working, some of which are actually illegal. They are getting away with because staff are afraid and intimidated. Four S looks to be in some trouble with renewal of contract coming up and an uncertain future. Sir Andrew Carter of South Farnham School is a favourite of the Government. He has been saying that schools raising additional funds from parents is a good thing. With the new National Education Union coming up fast, the Secretary has been invited onto a small committee which will look at the branding of the new Union. In the meanwhile the exact functioning of the NEU continues to be a source of concern particularly in regard of the position of retired members, local finances and the recruitment of non-teachers. There will be more detailed briefings for officers next term.
9. Any Other Business:
- The Assistant Secretary explained arrangements for Annual Conference
- Chris Crawford thanked the Division for the magnificent basket of fruit she and Brian had received.
- Sharon John announced that she would be leaving the Division at the end of this academic year to take up a post in Dubai
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