NUT National Conference: St.David’s Hall, Cardiff: 14th-18th April 2017

Our very best wishes to Surrey Division delegates for the imminent-and momentous-NUT National Conference at St.David’s Hall, Cardiff from Friday 14th April to Tuesday 18th April 2017.

It should be a significant and inspiring event, given the plans for the merger of ATL and NUT, overwhelmingly endorsed by membership ballots in both unions.

Please revisit here-on the website-and follow on Surrey Facebook and Surrey Twitter for updates.


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Education Question Time : Crawley Library 26th April at 6.30 p.m. Featuring Kevin Courtney :message from Jackie Baker, Executive Member for Surrey and West Sussex.

Dear all,

Kevin Courtney and our president, Alex Ramiz, are  on the panel at our next Education Question Time with local councillors and teachers.

Wed 26th April at Crawley Library 18.30 ( refreshments from 17.45)


There is a borough run car park next to the library, which is free after 1800.


Please come along to this public event,   at such a critical time before the Local County Elections, and bring along friends and colleagues .


Kind Regards


Jackie Baker


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Surrey Division Meeting: Thursday 30th March 2017 : details below

Dear Colleagues



Please find attached the agenda for the meeting of March 30th at County Hall  6.00-8.00  pm  room G 30.    As usual there is free parking in the forecourt. If you are going to arrive late please give my mobile a call if you find the front doors closed. Someone will come out for you.  Pizza will be provided.


The agenda for the 30th is somewhat abbreviated to allow discussion and questions on two major items.



  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of 17 January and matters arising
  3. Reports:    Secretary, Treasurer, Executive member
  4. Other Reports (N.B. UTC report-see on right): UTC
  5. The National Education Union:  
  6.  What happens next; what do we want to do :-

              please see letter from Kevin Courtney below *-and see the latest 

               information on website: “”.

          7.Annual Conference:                                Motions, organisation, questions

         8.Any other urgent business





Ted Truscoe


Assistant Secretary

Surrey Division of the National Union of Teachers


01293  452071   07889 103902

*Dear colleague
I am delighted to announce that members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of our two unions. Our new union will be called the National Education Union (NEU).
The NEU will come into existence on 1 September and, with over 450,000 members, will be the fourth largest trade union in Britain. We will represent the majority of teachers and education professionals and be the biggest education union in Europe.
It is a fantastic result for members of both unions and for education. For too long, education ministers have played divide and rule amongst teacher unions. Today marks the beginning of the end of that.
The NUT and ATL both have proud histories but, speaking with one voice, we will be a stronger force standing up for education, teachers and other school staff and the children we teach.
Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the ATL, said: “We will speak with a stronger voice on behalf of education professionals and the children, young people and adults they support. We will bring together everyone in their workplaces – teachers, lecturers, support staff, heads and managers – and empower them to improve their working lives.”
Professional unity is a long-held aspiration of our Union. I believe that the National Education Union will be a game-changer in the education landscape and I am delighted to be jointly leading it forward over the coming months and years.
Yours sincerely


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A NEW UNION ! Further details below.

The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, a powerful voice for the whole education profession, in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. For full details see the press release.

Unity is Strength

It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.

NUT members speak up for one union and encourage colleagues to vote yes.

A joint video message from Kevin and Mary.

Interview with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted

We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession

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Here are the planned dates for Surrey Division NUT 2017/18. :-

30 March 2017             County Hall                                       6.00  :            post ballot and pre-Conference matters
23 May  2017               Englefield Green Infant School     6.00
26 September 2017       County Hall                                     6.00
14 November 2017        County Hall                                     6.00
16 January 2018            County Hall                                      6.00
24 February 2018            H G Wells                                      10.00            This is the AGM and will be followed by lunch
These meetings are open to all members and you will be receiving further details by email and on this website.
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NUT : Schools Cuts Page re-launched. Details below.


Dear colleague

We’ve re-launched – giving you updated figures on the funding cuts facing schools unless this Government changes its funding policy.

NUT and ATL have been joined by NAHT, UNISON, Unite and GMB in sponsoring the site, which now uses the DfE’s own school budget predictions from its national funding formula proposals and the National Audit Office’s figures for cost increases facing schools, in order to show how much schools will actually lose in real terms by 2020.

Please have a look at the effect of cuts on your school and share the information with family, friends and colleagues. Then go here to look at other NUT campaigning materials.

We know education cuts are already hurting schools. Class sizes are rising, curriculum choices being cut, SEND pupils losing vital support and staff losing their jobs. Pressure from MPs can persuade the Government to put more money into education, so please help us put pressure on MPs in the run-up to the Budget on 8 March.

Please use and publicise the website. It has proved to be a fantastic initiative, showing the impact of working together, providing yet another reason to support our proposed amalgamation with ATL.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Kevin Courtney
General Secretary
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