Latest NEU news : October 2018-with links to actions and further info.

October 26, 2018 | 18-032E

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | ACTION | NOTICEBOARD | ADVICE & GUIDANCE | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY | IN THE NEWS

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Parents, schools and councillors unite against SEND funding cuts

On Tuesday 23 October the School Cuts coalition delivered a petition signed by more than 34,000 people to the Department for Education (DfE), demanding more funding for children and young people with SEND in schools. The hand in was live streamed to supporters on Facebook Live and covered widely on social media and in the local press. Watch the live stream footage (skip to 22:00 mins to see the DfE send out an official to collect the petition).

We were joined on the day by more than 60 people, including representatives from the NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Unison, as well as a number of SEND parent groups and teacher activists. Several local councillors joined us at the event to highlight the pressure local authorities face through cuts to their local services for children with SEND, and marched with us under banners displaying the message “parents, schools and councillors united against the #SENDcrisis”.

Before the petition was delivered, School Cuts hosted a well-attended briefing where speakers from the unions addressed the crowd, including NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted, ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton, Unison head of education Jon Richards, and former NAHT president Anne Lyons, demanding a fair deal for our SEND children. We were also joined by Labour MPs Mike Kane, Emma Hardy and James Frith, as well as education spokesperson for the Green Party, Vix Lowthion, who gave rousing speeches about the importance of providing a good education for all.

The fight for fair SEND funding isn’t over now the petition has been delivered. With the early announcement of the budget on Monday, the NEU, NAHT and ASCL have jointly set six tests for the Chancellor that we hope the budget will pass.

Share the joint union six tests on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word and to hold the Chancellor to account.

We are encouraging supporters to email their MPs before the Budget on the 29 October, asking them to pledge to support the school cuts six tests for the Budget.  You can email your MP in less than 30 seconds.

ACTION

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

Action Date Contact
Abbey Primary Community School / Leicester

(Unacceptable Management Practises)

Wednesday 31 October

Thursday 1 November

Jenny Day

Assistant Association Secretary

Jenny.day@neu.org.uk

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

NOTICEBOARD

Privatisation Update

This month’s Privatisation Update provides all the latest news on academies, free schools and privatisation. This month’s stories include:

  • The National Education Union has welcomed the Labour Party’s plans to reverse the free market reforms of education introduced under the Coalition and Conservative Governments.
  • Over two-thirds of the largest academy trusts have schools that use some form of isolation for their pupils – including for children aged just five and six.
  • 44 free school projects were cancelled before they even opened between 2013-14 and 2016-17, at a cost to the taxpayer of £8.7 million. They include two London primaries that were proposed by a trust founded by the health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy.

Forced academisation, an ‘abomination’, argues Warwick Mansell

In his latest blog, Warwick Mansell argues that forced academisation, which has cost huge sums of taxpayers’ money, rests on a non-existent evidence base and is triggered by snapshot Ofsted reports which do not seem robust enough to support the weight being placed on them. He concludes that forced academisation, “is an abomination. It needs to go”.

Local officers survey – role of retired members, Autumn Term 2018

In response to the Retired Teachers Motion passed at the NEU – NUT Section 2018 Annual Conference, we are asking local officers to please fill in our survey by 9am on Monday 5 November.

Your answers to the survey will help inform the NEU on the important contribution Retired Teachers make to our Union.”

Information on LA pay decisions

We are still seeking information on local authority advice to schools on the application of the teacher pay award – click here to supply new data or to update existing information. If providing an update, please put ‘UPDATE’ after your name.

Information on MAT pay decisions

We are also seeking information on pay decisions by multi-academy trusts. With the majority of teachers now employed by MATs it’s really important that we have this data. If you are the NEU negotiator for a MAT, please click here to enter the information. (You need not do so where there is an NEU staff negotiator for the MAT as they have already been asked to do this).

Tell the DfE your views on the new relationships and sex education (RSE) guidance

The Government is consulting on their new relationships and sex education guidance.  We need you to respond and tell the DfE your views. We are concerned that the current guidance is not strong enough and that children will miss out on vital information to stay safe. The NEU have written a blog and guidance for how to respond to the consultation.  Please let us know if you are intending to respond by emailing equality@neu.org.uk

Day of Action Against Disability Discrimination – Wednesday 21 November 2018

There are over 2 million students with disabilities attending nursery, school, colleges and universities in England and at least 150,000 Disabled Education Staff (15%). The promise of the Equality Act to promote disability equality and protect from disability discrimination, provide reasonable adjustments and access are increasingly being ignored throughout the education system. More information and how staff, student and parents can contribute is available here.

NUT section merchandise shop

Please note that the merchandise shop will close from 31 October 2018 to allow for the launch of the NEU merchandise shop in January 2019. Prior to 31 October, you can order merchandise here.

NEU representative of the year and NEU officer of the year

Nominations are now open for the 2018/19 awards, which recognise the contributions made by NEU representatives and local officers, especially over the last 12 months, and help identify and share good practice. The awards are open to NEU reps and officers (NEU, ATL, and NUT) and members from every part of the union can nominate. The online nomination form can be completed here. The closing date for nominations is 7 December 2018.

Please contact recruit@neu.org.uk if you have any queries.

Blair Peach Award

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?

The Blair Peach Award is given to an NEU member who has made an exemplary contribution to their school or Union branch’s work in any area of equality and diversity. The award is named after Blair Peach, past president of East London NUT, who was murdered during an anti-racist demonstration in London in April 1979.

How do I nominate someone?

Click here or email equality@neu.org.uk for a nomination form and return it by the closing date of 18th December 2018.  The award will be presented at the NEU Annual Conference 2019.

ADVICE & GUIDANCE

Job references and data protection

There has been an important and unhelpful change to the rights of data subjects and job references.

The previous Data Protection Act 1998 entitled a referee to refuse disclosure but did not extend that entitlement to the recipient. Unhelpfully, however, the Data Protection Act 2018 provides an exemption from disclosure of confidential references for both the employer supplying the reference and the prospective employer receiving it.

Therefore, both employers may refuse a disclosure request. We should continue to advise members seeking the disclosure of their job references to make a subject access request either to the referee or to the recipient, or to both. However, they should be warned that neither are obliged to acquiesce. Furthermore, where an access request is denied, members should be advised to ask (in writing) for the reasons why their request was denied. A complaint may be made to the ICO if no response is forthcoming, or the response implies the employer is operating a blanket policy.

It is good practice to share the content of references with employees before sending them. If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to negotiate this good practice with employers in your area. In the meantime, the NEU guidance on references is being updated on the legacy website to reflect this unhelpful change in the law

INTERNATIONAL

Nominations open for Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which recognises members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity. Members from both the ATL and NUT Section are eligible for the Award and the deadline for submissions is 18 Dec 2018. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

Union joins call to protect education in Palestine

The Joint General Secretaries joined other education unions and Friends of Birzeit University (FOBZU) in calling on the UK Government to stand up for higher education in Palestine. The letter urges the Government to step up protection for the right to education in the oPt following a crackdown on freedom of movement for educators. Read the letter here.

Unicef UK’s OutRight Project

Unicef UK is calling all teachers to join OutRight and empower children and young people to stand up for their right to health and to live in a clean environment. The free resource packs will allow your students to learn about air pollution while having fun campaigning to make a difference. Sign up here.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

New speakers confirmed – Reclaiming Education Annual Conference

Saturday 10 November, 10:30am to 3:30pm

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

In addition to Diane Reay, Professor of Education at Cambridge University and myself, the following speakers have been confirmed:

Madeline Holt, Rescue our Schools

John Hayes, Camden Headteacher

Jayne Grant, former Deputy Head Inclusion

Emma Murray, Haringey Headteacher

Richard Reiser, Inclusion Campaigner

Book your place here.

NEU-NUT Section International Solidarity Conference

Saturday 24 November 2018, 11:00-16:00

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD


Unite with international solidarity activists from across the Union and learn more about how you can make a difference for teachers, education for all, and human rights across the globe. With workshops around the Union’s four key pillars of international solidarity, opportunities for regional and national networking, and speakers from across the Union, this is your chance to connect for change. Click here to register.

Sex Education Forum Conference: Countdown to statutory RSE

Friday 30 November, 9:30 – 16:30

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH

To support schools with the changes to RSE in England we are sponsoring the Sex Education Forum’s Conference which will give guidance on  the new legislation and advice on how to build an inclusive and up-to-date RSE programme. Mary Bousted is a keynote speaker. You can find out more and book your tickets here.

IN THE NEWS

On Tuesday, Mary appeared on 5Live Breakfast to discuss the latest report from the Women and Equalities Committee on sexual harassment in public places. Listen from 5:15 here. Mary also did the rounds of BBC Local Radio afternoon shows, 13 in total, on the same subject.

In the afternoon our SEND petition – signed by 34,000 people as part of the School Cuts campaign – was delivered to the Department for Education (see Campaigns section). It was strongly picked up in the press, not just by the Daily Mail, TES and Morning Star but also 300 local reports thanks to the Press Association.

Also this week the OECD published its Equity in Education report, focusing on barriers to social mobility. We were quoted in Nursery World, Morning Star, Schools Week and TES.

Elsewhere we commented on the pass rate for chartered teacher status in Schools Week, an increase in school absences for Press Association, the numbers of teacher trainees on bursaries who do not then teach in state schools (The Times £), prosecutions against the owners of an illegal school in West London for the I and MSN News, and mental health amongst NQTS for the Independent. Ros McNeil also contributed to a Guardian report on SEND exclusions.

And finally we are proud to have signed up to two calls for funding ahead of the Budget. The first was led by the National Children’s Bureau, who brought 120 organisations together in the name of children’s services (Morning Star, Children and Young People Now), and this was followed on Thursday by the Raise the Rate campaign for sixth form education funding. Read about that here and here and please show your support on social media.

We will also be making additional statements ahead of the Budget over the course of this weekend.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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NEU update : 19th October 2018: All the latest news !

 

October 19, 2018 | 18-031E

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION | CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

NEU CONFERENCE 2019

Conference Delegates

Letters were sent to Associations advising them of the number of delegates they are entitled to send to Conference 2019. In the interests of enabling member engagement and in line with previous practice in some associations, you should allow for delegates to be elected either at a quorate general meeting or by a ballot of the membership as long as all members were clearly given the opportunity to be nominated and have an understanding of the process for election.

From 1 January 2019 Associations will no longer exist and cannot conduct business of any kind. It is essential therefore that Conference delegations are decided before 31 December 2018, even though the deadline for informing Head Office is 15 February 2019. It will not be possible to elect Association delegates next year.

Priority Voting arrangements

Some Districts will not have had NEU AGMs by the deadline for priority voting (31 January 2019).  In the first year the quorum should be agreed at the first general meeting along with the decision on officer posts. The JEC will accept rules from districts with quorum based on decisions at quorate general meetings. In the absence of a quorum decided by the districts it should be the minimum set by the JEC so 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 depending on the size of membership in the district. So, the agreed quorums for NEU Districts will be accepted for Priority Voting.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

INDICATIVE ACTION BALLOT

We are putting the Government on notice – fund our schools

You will know that the Union is stepping up its campaign on school funding in the run-up to the autumn budget.

The latest pay settlement from the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) has not been fully funded, leaving our schools having to find the shortfall from ever-decreasing budgets.

We cannot allow schools to continue to be critically under-funded and this is why we and our School Cuts partners have set six tests before the 29 October budget. If the Chancellor fails these tests, the NEU will be left with no choice but to launch an indicative ballot of members in state funded schools in England to step up our action.

This will not be like previous ballots. Heads across the country – including our own leadership members – are trying to manage the impossible: delivering the best education for children with ever-decreasing funds.

This is why we are working with other sister leadership unions ASCL and NAHT in the “Hands up for Education” campaign.

We hope this joint working will mean all unions ask a question about willingness of members to take industrial action in supporting the campaign to urgently fund our schools, but we must be clear this is not guaranteed.

 

Indicative action ballot timetable and information for you as officers

This indicative action ballot is an exciting and vital chance for us to strengthen our union. Here is a provisional timetable:

·         Ballot opens: Early November – Post Budget

This will be an electronic email for most of our members. Those without a valid email address will get postal ballots.

·         Regional/Wales meetings for division and district officers: 29 October – 12 November

Your region/Wales will be inviting you to a divisional secretaries’ meeting, where we will discuss the campaign and how we can build for the best possible ballot turnout.

At the meeting you will receive a pack to help you organise briefings for your reps and information and training on the “peer to peer” texting system (see below).

·         District/Division meetings of reps about the ballot: 12 November – 19 November

Along with their ATL counterparts, we would like divisions to organise a reps briefing and bring together as many reps and active members as possible to talk about the ballot.

You will be able to give reps membership lists for their schools, discuss activity which will help increase ballot turnout and equip them to undertake meetings in the workplace.

·         Workplace meetings: 12 November – end of the ballot

We hope as many reps and active members will hold meetings throughout ballot period as possible, encouraging people to vote and ensuring we reach the thresholds for action (if it were a formal ballot).

In schools without reps, division and district officers, supported by staff, will try to organise meetings.

·         Close of ballot: Week beginning 14 January 2019

What resources will you have?

1.           Membership information for ALL members

You should have been sent access to a OneDrive folder via your neu.org.uk email address. This will contain membership information alongside rep names and details and volunteers’ information – people who want to be involved in campaigning.

This will be updated twice a week and include turnout by school during the ballot period to help plan your activities.

2.           “Peer to peer “Relay service

If you attend your regional meeting, you will be trained on how to use this texting system. Organising staff will help you during the ballot process to utilise this technology.

3.           Briefing materials and copies of guidance that goes into schools

We will ensure you receive copies of what is sent into schools and members in advance.

4.           Updates from me and Mary

During the ballot period, we hope to video call you to hear about how the ballot is going and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

 

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NEU Latest News: 12th October 2018-with updates.

October 12, 2018 | 18-030E

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | NOTICEBOARD | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY | IN THE NEWS

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Ahead of the Budget on 29 October, the NEU has released a joint video with ASCL and NAHT to tell the Government that enough is enough. The video encourages school groups to write to their MPs before the Budget about the school funding crisis. It also condemns the Government’s invidious decision to ignore the recommendations of the independent review body on teachers’ pay. The video has already been viewed more than 350,000 times and the model letter to MPs has been downloaded 2,000 times.

Please help us get the message to the Government by:

  • sharing the video on social media.
  • ringing school reps in each parliamentary constituency you cover to ensure each MP receives at least three such letters, signed by school staffs.
  • asking reps to send you pictures of the signed letters so you can share them on social media to encourage more schools to do the same.
  • also asking sympathetic MPs to publicise their letter to Damian Hinds in response.

NOTICEBOARD

Nikki Simpson Award for Learning 2019
Division and associations are invited to submit nominations for the Nikki Simpson Award for Learning. The award will be presented to an NEU union learning rep (ULR) or team of members who will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Used learning as an organising tool to recruit more members and engaged members in the work of the Union
  • Supported members and helped them to overcome barriers to learning
  • Negotiated with employers to increase learning opportunities for all education staff

The Nikki Simpson Award commemorates the passion for union learning embodied by a late colleague who passed away whilst working as Learning and Development Organiser for the ATL in 2017. Nikki worked tirelessly alongside local officers brokering learning opportunities for hundreds of members and developing a network of union learning reps. This award commemorates the transformational impact of union learning both on members and union organisation.

Division and associations can nominate a ULR or team of members by completing the nomination form and emailing it to learning@neu.org.uk Nominations close on 18 December 2018.

Advice for schools – EpiPen shortage
The Department for Education has advised that there is a shortage of EpiPen and EpiPen Junior, which is likely to continue for the rest of the year. It has advised that this will lead to some pupils using different adrenaline auto-injectors or carrying fewer devices than they normally do. If pupils normally require access to two devices while at school, the DfE advises that during the shortage, one personal device could be left at school, if the school holds a back-up (non-personal) device. Should a case of anaphylaxis occur and two devices be required the personal device should be administered immediately, and the non-personal device can be administered after 5 minutes if the pupil does not improve while emergency care is on route.

Please read the DfE advice and circulate to members and schools in your area.

INTERNATIONAL

Human Rights abuses of children and families in the USA
Mary Bousted and I have written to His Excellency Mr Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva regarding the human rights abuses of children and families seeking asylum in the United States. We have called on the Ambassador to hold President Trump’s administration to account and protect the rights and futures of these families. Read the letter here.

Play for Cuba and CSC Affiliation
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Music Fund for Cuba, and the NEU-NUT Section are collecting instruments to support music education in Cuba. Music is hugely important in Cuba, but the US blockade has limited the availability of instruments and resources. You can help by donating new and used instruments to the appeal. Find out more here. You are also encouraged to affiliate, both individually and as a division/association, to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Please affiliate online here or contact Ollie Hopkins for details.

International Visitors to Hamilton House
This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming social solidarity activists from Greece to Hamilton House, organised through the Greece Solidarity Campaign. The delegation spoke of their work with solidarity schools and clinics, focused on supporting education and opportunities for all. The Union also welcomed Chief Mandla Mandela, member of the South Africa Parliament and grandson of Nelson Mandela, who spoke about South Africa’s support for the Palestinian people. Chief Mandela is on a delegation organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a full report of his visit can be read here.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Oppose the Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance in London tomorrow (13 October)
Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) have organised a demonstration in London to oppose a demo organised by the racist ‘Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).

SUTR will be assembling at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, at 1pm. We know that members will wish to join this demonstration and we would encourage them to do so in groups – members do need to be aware that the DFLA tactics can be, frankly, thuggish and it would be irresponsible if we did not prepare members for this.

Further information can be found here and on the event Facebook group.

IN THE NEWS

A new report, released on Sunday by the Education Policy Institute, showed that referrals to CAMHS have jumped by 26% in five years. Read my full comment here, which was quoted by the Morning Star, Metro, Northern Echo, Press Association and TES.

In other news, we commented on UTCs in TES, FE Week and the Independent, and we were quoted widely by Press Association (40+ regional titles) as part of a data story inspired by the recent Government stats on phonics. Criticism of the DfE’s own misuse of stats continued this week, with our comment featuring in this TES story. Mary also commented on yet more money being squandered on failed free school projects (Schools Week), and uses of money by Schools Company Trust (also Schools Week).

A major speech from Amanda Spielman this week set out a new focus for school inspections. Our press release is here and this was quoted by the Independent and Education Executive.

Mary debated the future of Ofsted with Steve Mastin of the Conservative Education Society, in the most recent issue of Schools Week. You can read it online here. Mary’s blog for our website marking World Mental Health Day was also picked up by the TES, and her guest column for the Morning Star, ahead of the Budget, appeared yesterday.

The TES reported this week on the aforementioned joint NEU/NAHT/ASCL video here.

A joint letter on fracking, signed by me, was published by the Independent. On a related theme, the NUT-section Executive passed a motion at the weekend opposing Ineos’ sponsorship of The Daily Mile, and I commented on this for a BBC story yesterday.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

 

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Surrey NEU Equalities Report 1st October 2018

Equalities Report October 2018

Sir Edward Britton Award

This year we have had an application from Mrs. Sam Bunce who is studying a course entitled “Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs” run by Real Training and underwritten by the University of Middlesex. This is a research project looking at historical and current theories about the links between the items. Sam has taken on a new role as SENCO at her new school. Her course fees are £1,530.00.

Sir Edward began his teaching career in Guildford in 1933 and was secretary of Guildford NUT Teachers’ Association from 1938-1952. He was a member of the NUT Executive 1948-1960 and General Secretary 1970-1975. He continued his academic career as Senior Research Fellow, Education at Sheffield University 1975-79 and Lecturer at Christ Church College Canterbury 1979-1986 while continuing to serve on various professional bodies and committees and as an education advisor to the Government. He was awarded the CBE in 1967 for services to Education and was knighted in 1975. He continued his interest in Surrey NUT and celebrated his 90th birthday with NUT friends and colleagues in Guildford in 1999. He died in January 2005 and his memorial service was held at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford.

Since 2007 the Division has been able to give a bursary of £500 to a serving NUT Surrey teacher to help with expenses incurred while studying. The funds for the bursary were obtained from the sale of Sir Edward’s regalia which he left to the Surrey NUT on his death in 2005 and was purchased by the headquarters of the NUT.   I thought I would write a brief history for our members.

“It’s just everywhere” A study on sexism in schools – and how to tackle it.

I have ordered and put into envelopes copies of this important and relevant report produced by NEU and UK FEMINISTA covering Sexual harassment, Sexist language, Sexist stereotypes and behaviour, Reporting and responding to sexism, Action to tackle sexism and most importantly the recommendations on pages 24 and 25.If everyone can take 6-10 envelopes to deliver to their local secondary schools it would help to publicise the research and encourage schools to adopt a ‘whole school approach to tackling sexism. Please write the names of the schools that you can deliver the report to on a list to be circulated. A personal note to the school rep would be helpful but not essential.

Menin Gate Ceremony, 12 September, 2018

Standing with the children of Grange Primary School and St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary, both from Preston. I was impressed by their solemn behaviour, vitality, and the wreath of crocheted poppies that the children’s parents had made so have included this pic of their teachers – NEU members – in my report. Anne Leech, 1st October, 2018.

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Latest NEU news: 28th September 2018

 

September 28, 2018 | 18-028E

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | NOTICEBOARD | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY | IN THE NEWS

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Pay and funding

Earlier today, in an unprecedented protest, over 1,000 head teachers including NEU leadership members from across the country marched to Downing Street to call for more funding for schools. Our schools are in crisis because of lack of cash and as a profession we must continue to highlight this.

In the run-up to the Budget – on October 29 – it is vital that we continue to apply pressure. Please ask your MP to #AskDamian to fully-fund and fully-implement the teacher pay rise and to fund schools properly. Please encourage members in your area to do the same.

In the meantime it is important that all teachers get the pay rise the Government announced nationally: 3.5% for main scale, 2% for upper pay scale, 1.5% for leadership scale. In the next few days we will be sending out joint union guidance to reps outlining what they should get and giving them advice on speaking to their head teacher. This advice – jointly with ASCL, NAHT, UCAC and Voice – will also be sent to all head teachers and chairs of governors early next week, and will also be available on our website.

Primary Assessment

Over the last ten days, the Liberal Democrats have reaffirmed their commitment to getting rid of baseline and SATs, and the Scottish Parliament has voted against P1 testing – a Scottish equivalent of baseline. I have blogged about this in the TES.

On 27th September, the DfE released the results of the 2017/18 phonic check on Year 1 pupils, and Nick Gibb made his usual claims about synthetic phonics as a key factor in the improvement of pupils’ reading. In response, campaign group More than a Score has publicised Margaret Clark’s up-to-the-minute research on the impact of synthetic phonics in the classroom. The research showed that most heads and teachers believe the test is nonsense and gives them no useful information about pupils, while two-thirds of parents think the test should be scrapped.

MTAS also released a social media animation this week, highlighting the problems with the test. The focus on phonics is the first stage of MTAS’s 2018/19 campaign on assessment. Please sign up to support MTAS if you haven’t already done so.

NOTICEBOARD

SRTRC – Wear Red Day – 19 October 2018

Please let your members know about this year’s Show Racism the Red Card Wear Red Day which is taking place on 19 October. Schools are being asked to Wear Red for the day to raise awareness of anti-racist education for young people. Schools can get more information here. Send any local photos you have of members ‘wearing red’ on the day to equality@neu.org.uk

Is Ofsted now just a vehicle for an ideological, or even commercial, agenda?

An important investigation by Warwick Mansell looks at Ofsted’s research activity and asks whether the supposedly independent inspection body is being used to promote a particular approach to curriculum. The blog scrutinises the background to Ofsted’s latest “commentary” on the curriculum, revealing that the research effort focused on just a small group of schools, some with already strong links to Government ministers and which are pushing their own ideologically driven approaches to the curriculum. Please read and share widely.

Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019

A reminder that NEU members are invited to make nominations for the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019, which 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 on 21 December 2018. Further details are available here.

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?

The Award is given to an NEU member who has made an exemplary contribution to their school or Union branch’s work in any area of equality and diversity. The award is named after Blair Peach, past president of East London NUT, who was murdered during an anti-racist demonstration in London in April 1979. Download a nomination form here or email equality@neu.org.uk . The closing date for nominations is 18 December 2018.

Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which gives recognition to members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity.

The Award aims to recognise the international solidarity work of members and International Solidarity Officers; acknowledge and celebrate existing good practice in international solidarity; support and share international solidarity work; encourage innovation and new developments in international solidarity in schools and in Union activity; and showcase ways in which teachers use the curriculum to promote and encourage pupils to be involved in international solidarity.

The deadline for submissions is 18 December 2018. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

INTERNATIONAL

Resources and opportunities available from the British Rohingya Community

The British Rohingya Community (BRC), members of which spoke powerfully to Conference this year, have offered NEU-NUT Section divisions, associations and regions the opportunity to have a speaker from the BRC attend a local NEU-NUT Section meeting. In addition, the BRC has prepared a mobile photographic exhibition about the situation in Myanmar which members, divisions, associations, regions and schools are invited to display. Please contact the BRC at britishrohingya@gmail.com for more information.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Musicians’ Union Teachers’ CPD Weekend, 27 – 28 October 2018

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

This biennial event gives musicians who teach the opportunity to meet other music education specialists, teachers and practitioners to share skills and practice. Debates, workshops and valuable 1-1 surgeries complete the itinerary, along with music-making and networking with colleagues working in music education from across the UK. Recipient of the 2017 Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, Nitin Sawhney will be presenting the keynote address. For full details of the event and to apply for tickets go here.

March against Far Right – 17 November

The NEU is backing the anti-racist demonstration called by Stand Up to Racism to counter the growth of far right forces in Britain and send a positive message of unity. An emergency motion at TUC Congress was passed unanimously backing the demonstration. Please help build support for the demonstration and support on social media.

International Solidarity Learning and Development Course, 7 – 9 December 2018

Location TBC

This course is for NEU members to enhance their teaching and learning practice on global issues as well as develop their campaigning and organising skills for international solidarity. By the end of the course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to carry out the role of the International Solidarity Officer; enhanced their knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning about the key concepts of Global Citizenship; gained strategies for tackling controversial issues; evaluated activities that encourage action for change through collaborative classroom teaching strategies; and begun to plan and organise international solidarity projects for their school, local association or division. Click here to register.

IN THE NEWS

On Sunday I spoke to Schools Week about why schools need urgent clarity on the work restrictions for teachers from Europe working in Britain post-Brexit.

Monday saw a Daily Mirror report on ‘cutprice education’, and the use of unqualified staff as cover supervisors. The NEU was quoted warning that “unqualified staff affect children’s education”.

Angela Rayner spoke at the Labour Party Conference on Monday, setting out plans to end academies and free schools, and ensure free education for all. These were welcomed by the NEU. Mary was quoted in the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Independent, ITV News, and her quote widely used in some 150 local papers via Press Association.

This was followed by Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge on Wednesday to extend free childcare. We welcomed the plan “not only to increase the quantity of Early Years provision but also its quality,” which was again quoted widely via Press Association as well as in the Daily Mail, Metro and ITV News.

Today saw a march of over 1000 head teachers on Downing Street, organised by the Worth Less? campaign to protest inadequate school funding. Robin Bevan of NEU took part in a discussion of the issues on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show. Watch the roundtable from 0:16:35 here.

And finally please read my blog for TES, published Monday, which noted that politicians are at last starting to grasp the dangers of high-stakes testing.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

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LESE Public Services Committee – LoveOurColleges lobby October action w/c 15 October 2018

LESE Public Services Committee – LoveOurColleges lobby October action w/c 15 October

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
#LoveOurColleges – lobby/demo/rally
We are seeking help in promoting the #LoveOurColleges campaign against cuts in FE in England.  This will centre around a week of action, beginning on 15th October.  In addition to a media splash on the Monday and local activity on the Tuesday (more info to follow in due course) the week of action will include a demo, parliamentary lobby and rally in Westminster on:
Wednesday 17th October 2018
#LoveOurColleges is being organised by a campaign coalition, which in addition to UNISON includes UCU, GMB, NUS, NEU, ASCL and the employers body Association of Colleges.
Three key actions we are looking for help with are as follows:
1 Ensure FE members across all unions know about the event, encourage them to commit to attending and discuss joint travel arrangements with other unions at their colleges.  UCU in particular are laying on coaches.
2 Intelligence on how many members are attending and from where etc.  This is a joint campaign with the AoC, college principals are being encouraged to allow staff to take time off from work to take part in the event. 
3  Activists should share info about the lobby etc. on social media.  Here are the twitter and facebook event links https://twitter.com/hashtag/loveourcolleges   https://www.facebook.com/events/2220544781546432   
The timetable for the day is as follows:
11.30am – 12.30pm: Coaches arrive in London. Drop-off likely to be Waterloo Place (where march will form up). Provision to be made for those who may wish to go directly to Westminster rather than join the march, (venue TBC, likely Methodist Central Hall) with staff on hand to sign in, provide briefings and any other support.
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Union-led march from Waterloo Place to Parliament Square – all welcome. Others to have lunch, or begin holding meetings with MPs.
1.30pm – 2.30pm: Rally in Parliament Square. All encouraged to join.  (UNISON has a speaker slot at this, though as its the day of the NEC the speaker is still tbc)
2.30pm – 5.30pm: Lobby of parliament.
Attached are the following items:
–          The Love Our Colleges manifesto DOWNLOAD HERE Colleges Matter manifesto _LoveOurColleges
–          a model letter for FE members to send to their MP to arrange a meeting as part of the lobby. DOWNLOAD Model letter to MPs (2)HERE
Additional activities currently being planned for the week, including politician visits to local FE colleges. 
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URGENT MEETING: NEU 2nd October 2018 6 p.m. H.G.Wells Centre, Woking : details below

Dear Colleagues
The next Joint  Meeting the the Surrey District will take place on 2 October at the H G Wells Centre Woking 6.00 pm—8.00 pm. Refreshments will be available before the meeting. Agenda, minutes and directions are attached.
The meeting will open with a presentation by Amanda Martin who is the National Vice-President.
This meeting is particularly important because we must make recommendations for the rules and officer structure of the the new Union  as of 1 January  2019, recommend local subscription rates and honoraria and arrange for the merging of finances with the ATL at a local level and confirmation of banking arrangements, take nominations for National Conference delegation   (The NUT Section of Surrey NEU may have up to 25 delegates).
The ATL section must also agree to the motions which should be circulated on the agenda and minuted. This is necessary as is is a requirement of banks when making any changes.
By the end of September I hope to go to print with the Final Report of the Surrey NUT for our final meeting on Saturday 17 November at 10.00 at  the HG Wells. Please will all officers provide me with a short contribution before the end of the month. If you are not an officer but have something you wish to share  in this final report please feel free to send it to me for inclusion
The inaugural meeting of the Surrey District of the NEU will be on Saturday 26 January provisionally at H G Wells at 10.00  An agenda and nomination form wild go out with the Annual Report
Because of the large number of important items at this meeting please make every effort to attend. It is vital that this meeting is quorate.  Reports to the meeting  should be written and sent to me for circulation before the meeting.
* PLEASE NOTE : DOWNLOADABLE AGENDA, DIRECTIONS TO H.G.Wells CENTRE -AND CRUCIAL MOTION TO BE DEBATED are below at **
Fraternally

Ted Truscoe

Assistant Secretary
Surrey NEU

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

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Latest pay advice from the NEU, with particular reference to local officers

The Government has sought to undermine the national pay system by ending fixed pay scales, imposing PRP on all teachers and giving schools ever-increasing powers over pay. The NUT believes that all of this will create much greater inequality and discrimination in teachers’ pay. The Union continues to work to ensure that school pay policies are fair, transparent and protect teachers’ pay entitlements. Advice and guidance to this effect is set out below. There is also a suite of documents on teachers’ pay in the Self-Help A-Z section of the website.

pay

Joint union pay scales

Joint union pay scales

The joint union pay scales show the impact of the proposed uplift to the teachers’ pay ranges for 2018-19, when applied to the individual pay points on those ranges recommended in our joint advice for 2017-18. Further guidance on pay for 2018-19 will be published in due course.

Joint union response on teachers’ pay

Joint union response on teachers’ pay

Three education unions today welcomed the announcement of a 3.5% pay increase for classroom teachers on the main pay range and the Department for Education’s commitment to funding part of this pay award. This shows that the penny may have dropped in terms of the government recognising the scale of the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. However a a number of concerns have been expressed. Read the joint union response.

NEU submission to the School Teachers Review Body

NEU submission to the School Teachers Review Body

Read the  NEU’s evidence and supplementary evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) for its review of teachers’ pay from September 2018.  These submissions set out the NEU’s case for a substantial pay increase for all teachers, beginning with an immediate 5% across the board increase for all teachers which should be fully funded by the Government.

This NEU report sets out the findings of our survey of NEU members on pay for September 2017, including the annual cost of living pay increase and pay progression for school teachers in all sectors and phases.

NEU Pay Progression Toolkit

The NEU pay progression toolkit is a set of nine advice documents for NEU members and NEU representatives intended to help teachers secure pay progression, by taking collective action to resist pay policies which would reduce rates of pay progression or by pursuing and winning appeals against decisions that individual teachers should not progress.

Pay Progression in 2017: NEU Survey Report, February 2018

Pay Progression in 2017: NEU Survey Report, February 2018

This NEU member survey report sets out the results of the 2017 annual survey of NEU members in schools and academies on pay progression and other related pay issues for September 2017. It investigates pay progression decisions for September 2017 and teachers’ views on the impact and fairness of the new performance related pay framework. This survey attracted 13,000 responses making it the largest available survey on pay progression.

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The next meeting of Surrey NEU : 2nd October 2018. Important !

The next meeting of Surrey NEU will be on 2nd October 2018 at The H.G.Wells Centre, in Woking at 6.00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

We are delighted to confirm that National Executive member, Amanda Martin, will be in attendance.

There will be significant decisions to be made: notably, a consideration of draft rules for our new NEU District and recommendations for honorarium rates for lay activists, including caseworkers and postholders of the Executive. So please make every effort to attend, in order to achieve the necessary quorum.

This will be the last official General Meeting of Surrey NUT, before the closing AGM in November. Exciting and significant times !

On a personal note, I need to state that I will be unable to attend on 2nd October, as I am scheduled to undergo a heart by-pass at Harefield Hospital that week. I send my very best wishes to everyone and hope the meeting is enjoyable and productive, with a clear view for the future.

In the meantime, papers will be issued in advance, on line, and I will do my utmost to publish those asap. If in doubt, please contact Surrey NEU via the links on the contact pages of the website.

I have to indicate that there might well be an hiatus in postings in October, depending on my recovery regime, possibly necessitating postal/email communications. However, I will ensure that normal service will be restored as soon as I can.

 

Fred Greaves

Webmeister

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The very latest NEU news : July 2018

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION | CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY| IN THE NEWS

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

NEU Credential-run and Autumn Term membership offer

  • NEU members who joined us in September 2017 will be receiving their annual credentials towards the end of August.
  • ATL and NUT legacy members will receive their credentials in January 2019 when they will enter a short membership year ending 31 August 2019.
  • From 1 September 2019 all members will be rolled together and receive their 2019/20 annual credential at the end of August 2019.
  • The Autumn Term membership offer for new joiners will be 75% off the full subscription rate for their role and working hours. A new joiner must not have been a member of either section within the past 36 months. The offer is only available to those who pay by direct debit instalments.

A great deal of work is being undertaken by the Core Membership Systems project team and more information will be circulated to you all in the Autumn Term with progress.

Branch Rules
The NEU national rules require there to be local bargaining structures based on employers or groups of employers to undertake workplace trade union duties of representation and negotiation.

The rules dictate that on 1 January 2019 local branches shall be as agreed by the Joint Executive Council during the transition period and shall, as a minimum, include branches for:

a) each education authority community of schools
b) chains of education establishments – academy or otherwise – and stand-alone FE colleges for which formal structures and recognition were in place in either ATL or NUT at the date of amalgamation.

In order to comply with the rules JEC has approved the following branches to commence on 1 January 2019:

  • Branches in each local authority area for the community of publicly funded educational establishments excepting FE colleges and any institution in an employer based branch
  • Branches in each local authority area for the independent schools in that area;
  • Branches for FE colleges
  • A branch for the Girls Day School Trust
  • A branch for the Delta MAT
  • A branch for Cambridge Regional College
  • A branch for Barnet and Southgate College.

As both the education environment and the NEU membership changes it is anticipated that groups of members may wish to form additional branches. A process for this will be considered separately.

Model Branch Rules for the various employers/groups of employers have now been agreed by the JEC and are available on the website (please log in before clicking on link) here.

Lay member social media platforms
The following Executive agreement was first circulated to local officers in the spring term. Engagement and debate amongst Union members on all aspects of education/workplace policies, led by a NUT activist base, is vital to the lifeblood of the Union. It is important, however, that members are aware that the Facebook page is not a national forum and is not administered by staff. The Executive has agreed that moderators of unofficial NEU Facebook groups should include unofficial in their title and have a pinned post saying (please log into Facebook view the link):

“This is an unofficial group, which means it is moderated and run by volunteer activists and not the NEU. The NEU’s official Facebook page is www.facebook.com/nationaleducationunion. If you have a casework enquiry you should ring the AdviceLine on 020 3006 6266.”

Unofficial groups are also asked to remove NEU logos to help avoid confusion about their status.

Local officer strategy
The NUT local officer strategy is currently being reviewed by the Organising and Membership Committee with a view to providing a foundation for the strategy in the new union from January 2019. OMC is interested to hear the views of local officers on the document which may be found at https://www.teachers.org.uk/officers-resources/secretaries. Please send your comments either to your Executive member or to John Roberts in the Organising and Membership Department john.roberts@neu.org.uk

Email Safety & Security
There has been a marked increase in the number and complexity of attempts to ‘phish’ NEU email accounts and gain unauthorized access to NEU systems. Please read theinformation on spotting and avoiding phishing emails

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Funding

SEND parent film
On Sunday a second film focusing on cuts to SEND funding will go live on the School Cuts Facebook page and will be emailed to all School Cuts supporters. The film – which features Michelle, mum of 9-year-old Charlie, talking about their experiences – will be shared with all NEU members on Wednesday 25 July. Please share and retweet the film when it is released – School Cuts has produced some sample tweets which you can use.

Thank you for all your help in building our petition on SEND cuts: it now has more than 17,000 signatures. Please continue sharing it.

National School Cuts Parental Summit: 15 September
Soon School Cuts supporters will receive an invitation to attend a national day of campaign planning and workshops on Saturday 15 September at Hamilton House. The aim of the event is to allow parents to develop local and national campaigning plans and to cement links between the NEU and School Cuts and parent groups. As with previous national lobbies and parent events, we hope that NUT section divisions and ATL section branches will support this activity, to ensure we get the best possible turnout, by sponsoring parent activists to travel to London. If your association can help, please let us know by clicking here and telling us your division/association/name.

Model letter for head teachers
In the most recent Headway e-newsletter to school leaders, NEU (NUT section) promoted a model letter for heads. The letter, which is available by clicking here, is designed to help heads to write to parents about how cuts are affecting their school and the impact an unfunded teacher pay rise would have. Please share this among heads in your area.

PAY

STRB
Recently all teacher unions wrote to Damian Hinds regarding the delay to the STRB announcement about the pay increase for teachers in September. This week a group of NEU activists gathered outside the DfE hoping to #AskDamian #WhereIsSTRB. ASCL, NAHT and NEU have written again today to Damian Hinds.

Sadly, at time of writing, teachers and heads alike are still in limbo as the report has yet to be released. Now London NEU activists have planned for a Fair Pay for Teachers: London Mobilising meeting, to discuss the ongoing pay and funding campaigns. It will take place at Methodist Central Hall, in Westminster, on September 13, from 6pm-8pm. You can register for free.

Success in East Sussex
As you may have read in the press, NEU members in East Sussex are celebrating after a series of strikes led to a win on pay.

A dispute was declared when the local council failed to recommend the agreed union pay rise for teachers (2%) across the main scale from September 2017, instead recommending 1% in the grades between the minimum and maximum. This decision left teachers in East Sussex being paid less than colleagues in neighbouring Brighton and Hove, and in most other areas of the country.

Following successful negotiations – and strike action at schools around the county – this decision has been reversed. This means that members on the disputed part of the pay scale (M2-M6a) in more than 150 schools in the county will get a backdated pay award in September for this academic year, as well as any new pay award.

Many congratulations to the NEU officers and members in East Sussex whose resolute determination to secure the pay rise has led to this success.

Workload
As you know, as a result of the NEU’s talks with Government, the DfE is poised to launch a Workload Reduction Toolkit, for school leaders to use to discuss with staff ways to cut down on unnecessary work and free up time for teaching. While we realise it will not be a silver bullet to “solve” workload overnight, we believe the toolkit offers NEU members opportunities to work together have a constructive dialogue with their head about tasks which DfE and Ofsted say are not required. We know unnecessary paperwork around marking, planning and data blights the lives of many teachers, limiting the time they have to plan and deliver exciting lessons, so it is vital we make the most of the opportunities the toolkit affords.

We believe release of the toolkit is imminent and that heads will be encouraged to discuss the issues with their staff early in the autumn term. Please encourage reps in your area to look out for this and follow our 3 steps to reducing workload:

  1. Meet with members to discuss the toolkit, focusing on the sections which are most relevant in their school;
  2. Identify together the causes of excessive workload, using DfE/Ofsted guidance on what tasks are not required and which school leaders should not ask for;
  3. Discuss with their head teacher ways in which workload can be reduced and ask for an all-staff INSET day focusing on the toolkit.

Campaigns review
The NEU campaigns team has produced a report detailing the union’s campaigning activity this academic year: you will shortly receive your copy. Thanks to all your hard work and dedication we have achieved a lot since September and are in a strong position to realise further gains on funding, workload, assessment and pay. We all appreciate the challenges we have to win fair funding for schools, to bring down teacher workload, to reform our broken assessment system and to get a good pay rise for teachers and support staff. The overarching aim of the NEU is to shape the future of education, for the benefit of school staff and pupils alike; together, we can do this.

INTERNATIONAL

Play for Cuba – Musical Instrument Appeal  
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Music Fund for Cuba, and the NEU-NUT Section are collecting instruments to support music education in Cuba. Music is hugely important in Cuba, but the US blockade has limited the availability of instruments and resources. You can help by donating new and used instruments to the appeal. Find out more at here.

Resources and opportunities available from the British Rohingya Community
The British Rohingya Community (BRC), members of which spoke powerfully to Conference this year, have offered NEU-NUT Section divisions, associations and regions the opportunity to have a speaker from the BRC attend a local NEU-NUT Section meeting. In addition, the BRC has prepared a mobile photographic exhibition about the situation in Myanmar which members, divisions, associations, regions and schools are invited to display. Please contact the BRC at britishrohingya@gmail.com for more information.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Retired Teachers’ Convention 2018, Tuesday 16 October
The annual NUT Section Retired Teachers’ Convention will take place NUT HQ in London. Divisions and Associations are encouraged to make funds available for retired members to participate. To book places and see the programme and book places click here.

IN THE NEWS

Late on Friday last, a joint union letter was sent to Damian Hinds demanding the publication of both the STRB report (delivered to him in May) and the Government’s response to it. This ratcheted up the pressure, following a steady social media campaign. You can read the letter here and my accompanying TES blog here.  It was covered in reports by Press Association, TES, the BBC, Education Executive and Education Business.

We also commented on the regulation of private tutors, in the Times (£), Metro, the Independent and BBC News.

TES held a Facebook Live event on Wednesday where education professionals, including Mary Bousted, discussed the #LetThemTeach campaign. You can watch it here.

Please note that this is the last e-bulletin that will be sent out this term – the next bulletin will be sent out on Friday 7 September. If we do need to contact you in the interim on an urgent matter, we will do so via email.

Thank you for all that you do for the Union. The Union’s continued growth and building of strength could not happen without you. Have a good summer break.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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