NUT Support for Supply Teachers

Two FREE CPD opportunities for supply teachers

Quality First Teaching for Supply Teachers, 8 April 2016, London
Developing a toolkit of proven high quality activities and techniques can be a life-saver for supply teachers. This introductory seminar is highly practical and will engage participants in a number of inclusive, whole class activities as learners and then reflect on these techniques as professionals.
To apply visit

Behaviour management for supply teachers, 18 and 19 February 2016, Stoke Rochford Hall
Focusing on the specific needs of supply teachers, this residential seminar will enable you to review, exchange, update, and learn new strategies. The seminar also emphasises the critical importance of establishing rapport and relationships with classes.
For more details visit

Supply agency lobby
As you know, the NUT is organising a national lobby of supply teacher agencies on Wednesday 28 October.

Go to “”to read more information and to say you’d like to attend and we’ll send you further information before the day. Bring along a colleague if you can – and contact your local NUT secretary: Fred Greaves (“”) to find out who else is coming from your area. Your local NUT association (Surrey Division) will be willing to help with your travel expenses for attending.

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Surrey Division N.U.T. meetings 2015/16

Surrey Division N.U.T. meetings dates for 2015/26

Surrey Division Meetings (Executive Committee but open to all members):
• Thursday 12th November 2015
• Thursday 14th January 2016
• Thursday 17th March 2016
• Thursday 5th May 2016
All above meetings are at County Hall, Penryn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DJ (Committee Room C): 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
• Free parking at the front of building
• Light refreshments from 5.30 p.m.
• No need to notify attendance; please come when you can.
• If, on arrival, access is difficult, please call me and one of us will come down to main reception, at the front of the building, to let you in.
Surrey Division AGM at H.G. Wells, Woking : 27th February 2016: ** more details later, on website and by post.

**Reminder: N.U.T. National Conference 2016**
Brighton: 25th-29th March 2016. Accommodation at The Old Ship Hotel. Travel, accommodation, subsistence, crèche facilities and child care allowance provided free.***
If you’re interested, please contact me, in the first instance, so I can send you further details, when they are available.

Fred Greaves: Division Secretary, Surrey N.U.T. 07769256217

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Diary of an Ofsted/Estyn inspection

I received this today. If you are interested, please contact Monica Rowland direct (contact details below):- Fred Greaves, Surrey Division Secretary. 29/9/15.

In the next issue of The Teacher magazine we would like to feature four candid, first person opinion pieces that detail members’ experiences of school inspections. We need your help in identifying potential interviewees. We are looking for members from around England and Wales across three sectors: primary, secondary, and college. The members would remain anonymous and the interview would take no more than 30 minutes over the phone at a time that is convenient for them.
If you know of any members that would be willing to share their experiences of Ofsted/Estyn please get in touch as soon as possible as we will need to conduct the interviews within the next two weeks. If you could let me know by Monday, 5 October if you have a suitable candidate it would be greatly appreciated.
Best wishes,
Monica Roland


The Teacher Magazine
National Union of Teachers
0207 380 4879
*Please note that I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For any urgent enquiries outside of these days please contact my jobshare Emily Jenkins on 0207 380 4709 or

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Winning in Schools: A Conference for NUT reps and activists: Saturday 28th November 2015: Manchester

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Please click on the above to download further details.

N.U.T members in Surrey Schools will be eligible for all reasonable expenses for this event. These include second-class rail fare, plus overnight hotel accommodation and child care support.

If you’re interested, please contact me for details: Fred Greaves, Division Secretary, Surrey N.U.T. at “”

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World Teachers Day: Monday 5th October 2015

Seminar: Teachers at Risk – Teachers Resisting
The NUT along with Amnesty International and UCU will be hosting this year’s World Teachers’ Day event on
Monday 5th October!

The event will be held at Amnesty International, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA from 6pm – 9pm
This year’s World Teachers’ Day will focus on the struggles of teachers in Bahrain, Colombia, Palestine and more. Guest speakers will include Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International and Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers. Information on further speakers to follow.
To attend this FREE event please register using the following link:


For further information please contact the international team at

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TUC National Demonstration: 4th October 2015: Coach travel from South-East Region

TUC national demonstration:
No to austerity, yes to workers’ rights
4 October 2015 Manchester

Coaches from the SERTUC region we are aware of…
RMT London Region coach leaving British Library at 07.30 £10/free unwaged. Contact 07914 002 851
Kings Lynn trades council coach, also picking up at Wisbech, more details
Haringey trades council coach, more details
Waltham Forest trades council coach leaving Walthamstow Central at 06.00 £20/£10 07905 765 705
St Albans, Welwyn & Hatfield trades council coach, from St Albans at 08.00, calling at Hatfield 08.15 and Welwyn Garden City. Free/donations. More details 07721 040 631
NUT Redbridge coach more details
Brent trades council (with Brent Fightback) leaving Brent Trades Hall at 07.00 £20/£10 07951 084 101
Unite coach leaving John Lewis Coach Park, Milton Keynes at 08.00. Free/donation
Barnet trades council and Barnet Unison coach leaving Finchley Central tube at 06.45, picking up at Hendon Central tube at 07.00 and Mill Hill Broadway station at 07.15. £15/£1 plus donation. Contact Barnet Unison 020 8359 2088 and leave your contact details
Islington Hands Off Our Public Services leaving the Town Hall at 07.00. £10/£5 07950 280 908
Ealing trades council coach contact or 07931 198 501
Unite and Luton trades council coach from Luton. Free. Contact 01582 726 122
Unite is also considering a coach from Colchester, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, and one from Cambridge and Peterborough. Expressions of interest to 01473 250 321
Federation of Entertainment Unions has 2 coaches – for FEU members only at present. If this changes I will circulate
Unison Bedfordshire Health Branch coach from L&D Hospital (time tbc), then Bedford Hospital. Contact
Portsmouth coaches from The Hard (06.00) £20/£5 contact Mark 07816 835 621. Also from the Student Union, Fratton Trades Club, Cosham Old Post Office – also contact Mark
Unison South East coaches from Abingdon, Banbury, Brighton, Didcot, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Witney. details here
Norfolk People’s Assembly coach contact
Bromley, Greenwich & Lewisham, and Lewisham trades councils coach 05.45 Bromley, 06.15 Woolwich, 06.45 Lewisham contact Lynne Chamberlain 07884 080 602
Unison Tower Hamlets coach 06.45 from Mile End, contact 020 7364 5302
Unison SOAS coach 07.00 from Malet Street, £5, contact Sandy Nicoll 020 7898 4980
Unite Southampton coach 06.00 book at or or 02380 637 373
Hackney People’s Assembly coach £20/£10 (some subsidised seats available) contact or 07985 949 312
Medway trades council coach 05.45 at Canterbury West station, 06.30 at Chatham station, free, book at

On the day…
See here for information

Other relevant information
Composite motion carried at TUC Congress “The trade union bill and building a campaign to stop government attacks”
Booklet from the Institute of Employment Rights and Campaign for Trade Union Freedom “Protect the right to strike, kill the bill”
TUC briefing “trade Union Bill, overview of key changes”

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New term-new challenges

Apologies to all our readers. The new term has started with a bang and we have been occupied with significant members’ issues.

There have also been frustrating internet/computer issues with officers communications-as well as family issues to deal with.

However, all members should have received a newsletter from me, detailing imminent dates and forthcoming important events.

Please let me know if you haven’t received it.

Otherwise, normal service will  be resumed from next Monday, 21st September 2015.

Fred Greaves Division Secretary

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NUT advice over current pay offer 2015-16

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The joint advice follows the Secretary of State’s confirmation on Monday that she would accept the STRB recommendation on pay which are: ·         a 1% increase in the minimum of all pay ranges ·         a 1% increase in the maximum of the Upper pay range, Unqualified pay range and Leading Practitioner pay range; ·         a 2% increase in the maximum of the Main pay range; and ·         a freeze in the maximum of the overall Leadership pay range and the eight school group head teacher ranges. The joint advice advocates retention of the previous structure of pay scale points, with a 1% increase in all pay scale points but a 2% increase in M6.  It also contains advice on how the freeze in certain leadership points should be applied. The LGA and ASCL have not signed the joint advice, largely on the basis that they had no mandate to call for a 2% increase in M6 – but they have confirmed that they do not see any of the advice in the circular as being inaccurate.  The NASUWT has not signed the joint advice but has instead issued its own advice calling for a similar increase of 1% in all points but 2% in M6. The draft 2015 STPCD has now been published for consultation.  The DfE has decided against making any substantial changes to the 2014 STPCD so that the 2015 draft does not, for example, contain any specific requirement to link the cost of living increase to performance as the STRB suggested.  The most significant addition is advice that the application of the 2015 pay increase is, as the joint advice notes, for schools to determine according to their own pay policy.

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Nicky Morgan Speech-press release

19 June 2015

Commenting on Nicky Morgan’s speech to the Festival of Education, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The Education Secretary has made much of her commitment to social justice, but it is a fact that the policies and actions of the Coalition Government have done much to exacerbate the problem. Regrettably, the present Conservative Government promises more of the same.

“One need only look at the key education policies in the Conservative Manifesto and the Queen’s Speech. The forthcoming Education and Adoption Bill will seek to drive another 1,000 schools towards academy status, many of them primary schools and this despite a complete lack of evidence that a change to school structure is in any way related to a rise in standards. As we now know, 133 academies are deemed inadequate, and Nicky Morgan has been markedly reluctant to acknowledge this. The academies programme has led to a fragmentation of the education system, meaning that it is harder to plan places at a local level and puts constraints on local authorities budgets to provide support services for the neediest.

“The NUT has always stood for every child’s best possible achievement but what runs counter to this aspiration is the Government’s latest move to make the Ebacc subjects compulsory. Even Lord Baker, the former Conservative Education Secretary, has cast doubt on whether the Ebacc is appropriate for all students. In addition, the forthcoming baseline assessment – compulsory from September 2016 – seeks to label children at the age of four. A verdict of ‘failure’ at such a young age is devastating. It is at best an insecure start to an education, if not a disastrous one.

“Free schools can enjoy curriculum freedoms, but for a truly level playing field those same freedoms should be good enough for all schools. Nicky Morgan could also make guarantees to tackle the school places crisis which is resulting in increased class sizes in primary schools. This is bad news for children who are coming into the system and need one-on-one attention. It stands to reason that the larger the class size, the less time teachers will be able to devote to each individual member of their class.

“Sir Michael Wilshaw has said he wants more ‘maverick heads’ and we want more teachers freed to use professional judgement. Despite Nicky Morgan’s apparent aspirations, this looks very much like more prescription, leading to risk averse and compliant, rather than creative, ‎teachers.”


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NUT in the NEWS

On Sunday, a Yorkshire Post article on the Northern Rocks conference reported on Kevin’s assertion that Government rhetoric was contributing to a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. 

The next day, the NUT’s reaction to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech on changes to Ofsted’s Inspection Framework was reported online in Schools Week and the Independent. Read the NUT’s press release here.

Nicky Morgan’s announcement on Tuesday that Ebacc subjects will become compulsory prompted comment from Christine Blower, which was reported online by the BBC, Mail and Independent. Kevin Courtney was interviewed on the same issue for ITV news bulletins throughout the day.

The same DfE press release announced the appointment of Tom Bennett, author of The Behaviour Guru, as the new ‘behaviour tsar’. Kevin gave reaction to the news on BBC London evening news and the NUT’s press release was quoted on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.

Ofsted also released the latest overall figures on its inspections findings showing that the proportion of good or outstanding primary schools rose from 82 per cent in September 2014 to 83 per cent in March 2015. Kevin’s reaction to the announcement was quoted online in the TES and Independent.

The NUT was also quoted in an online Guardian report on children not getting the recommended level of daily exercise.

The NUT’s Sarah Lyons appeared on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme speaking about asbestos in schools. A clip of her contribution is available here. The NUT was also quoted extensively during the programme and online reports on the BBC and Independent quoted Christine Blower, from the accompanying NUT press release.

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