Dangerous Women : Celebrating 130 years of working women’s fight for freedom: Friday 24th May 2019: details below !

Dangerous Women: Celebrating 130 years of working women’s fight for freedom                                                 

  Friday 24 May 2019,  7-9pm  @ Unite Moreland Street

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Asbestos Management in Schools : please respond !

Dear colleague


We will shortly be asking a sample of members to complete a survey about asbestos management in their school. A great response will help us better target our campaign to protect staff and children and pressure the Government to do more.

If you are based in a school please complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7B8CSLJ  asap.   Also please share this survey link as widely as you can amongst members in your area.  We are hoping to release the findings at Annual Conference.

Best wishes


Sarah Lyons

Lead Officer – Health and Safety

Employment & Bargaining Department

National Education Union

Hamilton House

Mabledon Place




Tel: 020 7380 4875



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National Education Conference 2019 : Full details attached !

Surrey NEU wish their delegates a productive and enjoyable Conference.

All delegates  and observers will have been sent full details but, thanks to Philip Clark, I have attached downloadable copies of all documents here.

Fred Greaves, Webmaster.


National Education Conference 2019


The first National Education Conference will take place in Liverpool between April 14th – 18th.

Surrey NEU (NUT section) will be represented by Subhi Al Zuhairi, Colin Caswell, Maisie Russell, Margaret Lawrence, Chris Crawford, Jonathan Rayner, Tamsin Honeybourne, Hayley Robertson, Kamenthrie Walsh, Benedict O Connell, Aku Akwei, Dan & Sarah Warrington, Ted & Carole Truscoe plus Philip & Lindsey Clark.

Surrey NEU (ATL section) will be represented by Natalie Hyams, Brian Martin and Philippa Shimmin.

A copy of the Conference outline programme is attached here :- Outline Conference Programme

A copy of the Executive report is attached here:- NEU Executive Report to Conference 2019 – FINAL DRAFT – 080219 (003)

Further Conference documents are here:- Breakout groups_0 (1) CPD sessions_1 (1)

and more will be added as they become available.


The 2020 National Education Conference will take place in Bournemouth from Monday 6th April (9.00 am start) to Thursday 9th April (1pm conclusion)

If you would like to be considered as a Conference delegate in 2020 you can contact the Surrey NEU Event Organiser by email at philip.clark20@btinternet.com

Please note the final delegation will be decided by the Officers and committee of Surrey NEU and preference will be given to those members who have not attended Conference before.

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Surrey NEU have sent this donation to the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal .

Dear Surrey District National Education Union,

Thank you so much for your donation to the DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal.

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Thank You
Thanks to your generosity, we’ll be able to provide vital support to people affected by Cyclone Idai. Your donation will allow DEC member charities to respond by providing emergency shelter kits, food such as pulses and maize flour, water purification tablets and urgent health assistance.

Thank you too for signing up to Gift Aid. We will be able to claim £125.00 on your £500.00 donation, increasing your gift to £625.00 and meaning your support will reach even more people.

As a result of our partnership with the UK Government, your donation has been doubled. Through its Aid Match scheme the UK Government will match pound for pound a further £2 million of public donations, allowing your contribution to go even further.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DECappeal.

Please also share news of your donation with your friends and family and help amplify the DEC’s message by sharing our updates.

If you have any queries relating to this donation, please contact our Supporter Care online.

Yours sincerely,

Saleh Saeed
DEC Chief Executive

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Report on South East Region Young Members Conference: Brighton 2019

Report on South East Region Young Members Conference Brighton 2019

By Dan Warrington

Last Saturday saw 80 Young NEU Members from across the South East gather in Brighton for the first regional Young Members conference. After a pleasant evening on Friday night socialising in Brighton with other young education workers we convened for a day of talks from a variety of different speakers.

Howard Stevenson (Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Nottingham) argued that the current education system in England is broken and challenged us to reconnect with the reasons we got into the profession and work towards a system that better reflects these values. We were reminded by Colin Harris (TES columnist and former Headteacher) to “handle the job within your life; not the other way round!” and gave a careers worth of tips on how to manage workload effectively. This was followed by a workshop on the structure of the NEU and the role young members can play in shaping union policy. The morning was rounded off with a talk on the progress towards a National Education Campaign by Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and an update on NEU campaigns by Joint President Kim Knappett.

After lunch at the hotel, NEU Executive member Phil Clarke (not our Phil Clarke a different one) and parent campaigner Holly Atkins made a joint presentation on the successful ‘Save Lewes Schools’ anti-academisation campaign, showing how community organising can work hand in hand with organised labour.

The day was rounded off with a workshop on ‘Getting active about equality in education’ by young teacher and Brighton LGBT+ Network Lead, James Hodge. James spoke to us about demystifying LGBT+ terminologies, as well as the types of engaging activities he has spearheaded at his school to help students to empathise with each other’s experiences and struggles. This was to my mind the stand-out session of the day and was easily the best piece of CPD I have undertaken all year!

On the train home, I spoke to other young members and we all agreed that the day had renewed and revitalised our passion for education and many of attendees went away with the intention of standing as a rep in their school. Particularly encouraging were the support staff members in attendance who went home determined take an active role in promoting the union at their school and even apply for teacher training in September.

It was great to see such a successful event organised by young members and facilitated by the union staff in the South East Region. I would highly recommend to any young member interested in progressive education. Make the most of your union fees by keeping your eyes peeled for invites to next year’s event!



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NEU National News: 15th March 2019

March 15, 2019 | 19/009 E



The Chancellor had a chance to address the school and college funding crisis in his Spring Statement this week. But there was nothing to alleviate the pain of cuts, showing the Government is still not listening to teachers and parents.

Pending Brexit discussions, the Government will conduct a Spending Review later in the year, to conclude at the autumn Budget with the announcement of 3-year spending plans for education. So it’s vital that we keep up the political pressure to get the cash schools need, making sure that your local councillors have signed the open letter here and also liked our new NEU Councillors Network facebook page here.

Now NEU members are telling the real story of school cuts in a hard-hitting new video. Please share this as widely as possible on social media and encourage NEU school groups to watch and discuss it. We are very pleased that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has shared the video.

Baseline Assessment
As primary schools are being asked to sign up for the voluntary pilot of the Reception Baseline Assessment, NEU school groups around the country have been discussing and adopting motions opposing this unnecessary test.

Please encourage school groups to discuss the motion and the issues with their head teacher and to let us know what their head plans to do. The More Than A Score petition opposing Baseline is now approaching 60,000 signatures thanks to your help. Please keep signing and sharing.


The deadline for nominations was 1 March 2019. One valid nomination was received as follows:

Deirdre Murphy       –           nominated by Peterborough District and 3 workplaces

We are pleased to report that Deirdre Murphy is duly elected to the Executive.

There were also elections to the vacancies in District 5, 9 and 17 for the NAC/NDC but unfortunately no nominations were received.

Annual conference hotels and expense claims

More information has been added to the website about hotel costs and expenses payments for all delegates including executive and conference committee members

Please note that Districts will be sent, in advance of conference, a list of delegates they will be paying for and the total figure that will be deducted. Where legacy democratic units are not coterminous with NEU districts and local officers are concerned about differential costs please contact david.kimber@neu.org.uk to discuss.


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

Action Date Contact
Shrewsbury Colleges Group/Shrewsbury (Observations) Thursday 21 March jean.evanson@neu.org.uk
Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1 College/Leicester


Tuesday 19 March

Wednesday 20 March

Thursday 21 March

Jersey Schools


Tuesday 19 March andy.woolley@neu.org.uk
Inscape House School Stockport


Tuesday 19 March

Wednesday 20 March

Thursday 21 March

Valentine Primary School/Southampton


Wednesday 20 March

Thursday 21 March


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


Student Strike on Climate Change
The movement Youth Strike 4 Climate is planning a number of activities to draw attention to the issue of climate change and to call on governments globally to take action.

Heads and principals will follow usual procedures and government guidance in responding to any requests to authorise absence, considering exceptional circumstances and ensuring liaison as necessary with parents/carers.

Local officers are encouraged to consider and share the NEU fact sheet, Student Strike Action on Climate Change which sets out guidance for members who are affected by the climate change action.

Sixth form colleges – Member consultation on pay offer
Teacher members in 6FCs will shortly be consulted about the improved pay offer for 6FC teachers.  The SFCA last week agreed to make an increased but final offer as follows: 3.0% for points 1-6 (equivalent to the MPR in schools), 1.5% for points 7-9 (equivalent to the UPR) and 1.0% on responsibility payments and leadership scale points.  The SFCA offer also states that 6FC academies (which have received Teachers’ Pay Grant funding, unlike other 6FCs) will make an additional payment to teachers from that funding.

Members will be asked three questions – whether they want the offer to be accepted or rejected; whether, if the offer is rejected, they are willing to support strike action for a higher pay offer; and whether, if the offer is accepted, they are willing to support strike action for better funding, pay and conditions. The NEC recommendation is to vote to reject.  Member will be encouraged to indicate willingness to support strike action whether rejected or accepted but will be reminded that strike pay will not be payable.  Telephone conference calls have been held with 6FC reps who will be provided with updates on turnout, while members will also receive reminder emails directly.  Results will be available for the NEC meetings on 6 April.

RSE Early Adopter Programme
The Department for Education (DfE) is launching an ‘Early Adopter’ programme for statutory Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education.

The programme is for schools that will start teaching the new RSE requirements from September 2019. Schools that register now can participate in DfE’s user testing exercise that starts at the end of March. This exercise will test what teachers and schools want from a training programme and how the department can deliver it. The NEU wants all schools to have access to high quality and face-to-face training and the DfE must develop a full package of support for teachers.

Please let sally.thomas@neu.org.uk know if you are interested in getting involved. Schools can register to become an early adopter here. The published draft guidance documents are available from GOV.UK

Privatisation Update
The latest edition of the NEU’s Privatisation Update – summarising key developments relating to academies, free schools and privatisation issues – is available online. Stories include the latest victories against academisation, news that a major academy chain is to ditch performance related pay; and a damning Public Accounts Committee report highlighting the damage being done by academy failures and lack of transparency. Please read and share widely.


Recognition & Recruitment in Post-16
Updated advice on securing trade union recognition and recruiting members in the FE college and sixth form college sectors is available here.


Does your branch/district have an international solidarity officer (ISO)?
ISOs support the implementation of the Union’s vision for international solidarity at the local level, working within their local Union to build social justice and education for all. ISOs receive networking opportunities regionally and nationally, as well as a weekly newsletter with updates on international solidarity. If your district/branch doesn’t already have an ISO, we encourage you to put it on the agenda of your next meeting and seek to fill this position. For more information, please email international@neu.org.uk.

Ghana education unions say NO to privatisation
Education unions in Ghana have spoken out against the Ghanaian governments attempts to privatise and commercialise the public education sector. This comes after the announcement of the pilot ‘Ghana Partnership Schools’ programme, described by the unions as ‘a subtle and potential privatisation, commercialisation and commodification of public education in Ghana with the approval of the government.’ Read more on Education International’s website.


Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, has organised a crowdfunding campaign in protest at the funding crisis causing schools to close early. Kevin was quoted in the Independent.

Schools Week reported on a private school which held on to its “outstanding” grade despite failing emergency inspections. Mary queried how Ofsted missed “basic safeguarding issues”.

University Technical Colleges are being urged to join MATs, which Kevin told Schools Week was “clear evidence that this is a flawed and failed policy.” Also published in FE Week.

The Press Association, Morning Star, Daily Mail, Metro, TES, Education Executive, Public Finance, Daily Mirror, Schools Week and Nursery World picked up our comment on Wednesday’s spring statement by the Chancellor. This story was significantly overshadowed by other events in Parliament, but the gist was that there was still no solution from Philip Hammond for the funding crisis. We did however welcome his decision to make free sanitary products in secondary schools. You can read our full press release here and the joint union release here.

Yours sincerely


Joint General Secretaries

Yours sincerely

Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
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Report on the International Women’s Day Meeting : 9th March 2019 by Anne Leech

Report on the International Women’s Day Meeting held at Hamilton House, Saturday 9 March 2019


The meeting began with Amy Johnson (named after the aviator) quoting that, “Over a third (37%) of female students of mixed-sex schools have personally experienced some form of sexual harassment at school” from the recently published report on sexism in schools – and how we tackle it – “It’s just everywhere”. (National Education Union and UK Feminista, 2017). She summarised the findings from the report and questions were answered by the panel where it was stressed that this is not just a matter for female students and teachers but included everyone. She reminded the meeting that as teachers, our members’ working conditions are our young people’s learning conditions.


The next speaker to address the meeting, Sally Groves, author of ‘Trico: A Victory to Remember’ recalled how her book had been a work in progress for more than 40 years, with other participants adding their written and oral histories to her account. The end result was a story of the growing power of a group of workers standing together, becoming organised with the strength of unionisation and collective bargaining which lead to a successful outcome for the engineering factory workers who went on strike for improved wages and working conditions.


The third speaker, Peggy-Anne Fraser, actor, BECTU member and vice-chair TUC LESE Women’s Rights Committee spoke of the experiences of Women from the Windrush generation who arrived in London in 1948/49 (coinciding with the formation of the NHS) to be housed in air-raid shelters and faced racism in their work as well as their search for accommodation and even now are facing forced repatriation. Several children of the Windrush generation who were attending the meeting spoke of the hardships and discrimination that their own parents had faced as they willingly took on the work that was available to them.


In the afternoon energetic and lively Rachel Kolsky, who has led several TUC walking tours, took a large group to look at the social history and the part women had played in the Kings Cross area starting from Hamilton House. Amongst the names of well known literary, academic and scientific women who had lived, campaigned and worked in the area were those of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Louisa Aldrich Blake (surgeon) Dorothy Richards and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. If you get a chance to join one of Rachel’s walks do, as she is always entertaining as well as extremely knowledgeable.


Anne Leech, Equalities, Surrey NEU

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University of Surrey Annual Review : by Chris Crawford

University of Surrey Annual Review


On 30th January 2019 I attended the Annual Review of our local University. It was a pleasant, celebratory event showcasing the achievements and innovations of the previous year.


The theme this year was “A World of Collaboration” looking at the ways Surrey forges links with the local community through to global links which connect students with opportunities, research, businesses and technology.


I was especially interested in their involvement in the local community of Guildford, leading projects from community gardens to work with prisoners.


Kings College has greatly benefitted from a partnership with the University with the placing of a full time Widening Participation Coordinator at Kings College to support the school in raising their attainment and aspirations. 91% of KC students engaged with at least one WP&O activity in 2017-18. This partnership has helped KC to be rated as Good, following notice of Need to Improve. It might work for other schools also amend the department is approachable and open to ideas!


Many students work as volunteers which enriches their own education and people skills too.


Surrey Sports Park is widely used by the community with 81 public events welcoming 35,610 people. This is in addition to nearly a million visits by members, clubs and societies in an average year. They also worked with over 15,570 school children throughout 2017-18. Many staff and students make use of the web app to improve fitness.


The first 42 vets will graduate from the new Veterinary Department in July 2019! Time flies! Sadly, the University was not successful in its application to open a Medical School despite the UK’s dire need to train more doctors! They intend to persevere.


Like many of our Universities, finances are of some concern which is affecting staffing levels and tutor group sizes. They need to cut their budget by £15million. All staff have been offered voluntary redundancy and several vacancies will not be filled! Despite this the University is still very much looking forward to its future and hoping for better days to follow – as are all of us in the education sector! A 200 bedroom hotel is being built which will be run by the hospitality undergraduates and one million users are on the test bed for 5G – leading the world at present.


Finally, a word on the strength and success of the Students Union, USSU, part of the Southern Unions Network ( having broken away from the NUS). This year the President is Dr Alex Harden, who will have spent 7 years at Surrey University when he finishes his term of office. The Union has a newly established Nightline to support troubled students, a 1000 strong volunteering programme and “ Employable Me” , a new idea to help students prepare for work through businesses supporting and extra curricular activities. The Union is lively and full of enthusiasm. Let’s hope many of them promote active union involvement in their eventual places of work!


Chris Crawford, Representative for the NEU at the University of Surrey Annual Review

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Latest news : NEU : 1st March 2019


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On Monday, a three-hour debate on school funding took place in Parliament, triggered by a petition  set up by head teachers in Gateshead and signed by 107,000 people, including thousands of NEU members. Thanks to pressure from NEU members and School Cuts supporters, dozens of MPs stood up at the debate to speak out for schools in their constituencies and attack the Government’s position. This included 18 Tory MPs, a clear illustration that the impact the cuts are having is of huge concern across the political spectrum. Hundreds of NEU members responded to our call for them to email their MP and outline the effect of the cuts on their school. Between NEU and School Cuts more than 3,000 emails were sent to 497 of England’s 522 MPs (93%) in just a few days. See photos from the day and watch the debate back

Ahead of next week’s Spring Statement we want to keep up pressure on the Government to change course. So along with the other School Cuts partner unions, we are once again setting out our “6 Tests” for the Chancellor’s statement and we are writing to Damian Hinds and Philip Hammond urging them to face up to the “national emergency” of education funding and pledge the urgent injection of investment that is so desperately needed. We are also supporting the hundreds of councillors who have already signed an open letter to Damian Hinds, calling for more money for education ahead of this year’s spending review. Please continue to encourage councillors in your area to support this initiative, set up by the NEU Councillors Network.

Baseline Assessment

Right now, primary schools are being asked to sign up for the pilot of the Reception Baseline Assessment, taking place in September. The NEU believes Baseline testing, and this pilot, is a waste of teachers’ time and public money and is not in the best interests of pupils. The pilot is entirely voluntary and many schools will decide not to take part. NEU will support them in this.

We are asking primary heads to tell us whether they will be signing up for the pilot. To support heads, we are asking NEU reps in primary to discuss with members a model motion opposing Baseline. And campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS), in which the NEU is a partner, is asking parents to ask their head teacher not to take part in the pilot. Please encourage school groups in your area to discuss the motion and encourage heads to tell the DfE they do not want to participate. There are other resources to support activity on the website.


Honoraria Payments – Survey of District Secretaries

There have been significantly different practices between and within the NEU predecessor unions on the payment of honoraria to local officers. Honoraria were not paid at any level in the ATL. Half of NUT local associations did not pay any honoraria. In light of this, the JEC decided that honoraria could not be awarded in local districts until a decision of the NEU Executive had been made on the principles governing the award of honoraria. The JEC also decided that this decision should not be made until a consultation exercise with local districts had taken place and that the decision should be accompanied by advice and guidance agreed by the NEU Executive. The survey has been emailed to all district secretaries and closes on 30 May 2019. Any queries about this exercise should be emailed to Rachel – rachel.baxter@neu.org.uk..


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

Action Date Contact
Shrewsbury Colleges Group/Shrewsbury (Observations) Wednesday 13 March Jean Evanson


Galliard Primary School / Enfield

(Transfer of Employer)

Tuesday 12 March

Wednesday 13 March

Thursday 14 March

Anne-Marie Hickling


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


Remembering Srebrenica 2019 Theme Announced

Every year, Remembering Srebrenica selects a theme that both reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated and speaks to communities here in the UK. The theme for 2019, ‘Bridging the Divide: Confronting Hate’, seeks to inspire people to challenge those who wish to divide communities, celebrate those who build bridges between communities and change attitudes and behaviours in others to go out and build bridges of their own. Find out more on Remembering Srebrenica’s website.

Unicef UK Clean Air Action Day

On 16 March, Unicef UK is organising an action day focused on protecting children from toxic air. Events will take place in Manchester, Birmingham and London from 10.45 am to 12 pm. Children and young people, campaigners, decision-makers and members of the public will be coming together in each of these cities around a huge banner decorated with children’s artwork showing how strongly they feel about the importance of clean air in their city. Find out more about the events here and Unicef UK’s clean air campaign here.


Advance Notice: Pearson Demonstration

Every year, the Union joins with other national and international partners to challenge the pro-privatisation agenda of edu-business Pearson at its AGM. This year, we will similarly be taking to the steps outside of the meeting, and making our voices heard inside, challenging Pearson’s undermining of public education. The date is not yet set, but will likely be 26 April OR 3 May. Join us in London if you can. More details will follow as plans develop.


The devastating impact of knife crime on families and communities dominated the news this week. PA news carried our comments  which appeared in many news outlets including ITV News. We also did interviews for Radio 5 Live, Talk Radio and BBC News Channel.

School funding was also was top of the news agenda.  Almost 500 individual MPs in England were contacted by NEU members and School Cuts supporters ahead of Wednesdays Westminster Hall on school funding. This was generated by the Gateshead headteachers petition. Read our press release here and also coverage in the Independent, Mirror, FE News ,  and EdExec

Wishing everyone a very happy International Women’s Day. Together let us all help create a #BalanceForBetter

Yours sincerely

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

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