“Beyond the Exam Factory”- National Education Conference: 2nd/3rd July 2016: Stoke Rochford Hall

The NEC will empower teachers with the ideas, knowledge and understanding to look beyond the exam factory, reclaim their profession and their classroom practice within the current system.  Places can be booked on “www.nut.org.uk”  at a cost of £299 per delegate. Contact nec@nut.org.uk for further information.

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2016 NUT Supply Teacher Conference

NUT supply teacher members are being emailed today about this event, to be held at NUT HQ on Saturday 25 June 2016.  As previously, the NUT Executive is asking NUT associations to consider paying reasonable travel expenses.  Members will be told to check whether their association is willing to do so before buying tickets and that the NUT nationally will not pay travel expenses.  We will inform association secretaries when applications are received from supply teachers for the conference.  Please do publicise the event to your supply teacher members.

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Sixth Form College Ballot-Action on Tuesday 15th March 2016

Division and Local Associations Secretaries’ e-BULLETIN 16/008E – 4 March 2016


Sixth Form College Ballot – Action on Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The ballot of members in sixth form colleges closed on Monday, 29 February, with 86% of members (on a 44% turnout), voting in favour of a day’s strike action to oppose the draconian cuts to the sector.  We’ve announced that members will take a day’s strike action on Tuesday, 15 March (the day before the budget) and there will be a rally at the Camden Centre with some great speakers from 12 noon.  Members will then be taken to Westminster in a convoy of Routemaster buses, where there will be publicity activities at the DfE and Parliament.  The Union is encouraging sixth form college members to travel to London, if at all possible, to take part in the national demonstration – you can refer them to their regional office about arrangements, including travel arrangements being organised and paid for by the NUT.  Also talk to NUT college reps and members about other local activities like leafletting and street stalls – further supplies of leaflets, stickers, etc., can be obtained by contacting the NUT at 6fcballot@nut.org.uk.  Talk to your members locally about supporting for these activities, particularly retired members and others who may have time to help.




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Surrey Nomination for new NUT National General Secretary : Kevin Courtney

Please note:-

At the next Surrey Executive Committee/General Meeting, on 17th March 2016, at County Hall (Committee Room C), there will be a nomination for Kevin Courtney, currently Deputy General Secretary, to succeed Christine Blower, when she retires in May 2016. Please make every effort to attend, in order to achieve a quorum for this important decision.

Further details of the meeting will be posted here, in due course.

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Introducing new Surrey Division Secretary : Tamsin Honeybourne

Tamsin Honeybourne     Biographical Profile

Tamsin studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University where she enjoyed the thrills and life skills of sharing a bathroom between ten (downstairs having brewed beer in theirs) and such local delicacies as the Heinz spaghetti pasty. She won an Exhibition award for outstanding achievement, and narrowly escaped death by hitchhiking someone else’s ambulance.

Having realised that the world of agonising over the latest lawnmower colour scheme or the route of poor but patented designer were not for her (despite the obvious accolades resulting from designing the disabled loos at St George’s Hospital!) she studied Education at Greenwich. It is a decision she never regretted; she has been a teacher for more than twenty years.

Tamsin recognises that if all seems to be quiet, and you think you have a handle on it all, for even one day, in education, then something is in fact horribly wrong; but, there is a lot to be said for never being bored! Some of her favourite moments have been spent in the workshop after school with those pupils who just wanted to be there (as opposed to those who had accidentally glued themselves to the bench).

She would generally describe herself as an ‘eight out of ten’ happy person, but can achieve ten easily if given cake. However, the rewards and stresses of working in education, when combined with those of family life, are a bit like cake – hugely enjoyable, satisfying and somewhat addictive, but an overdose can make you rather ill! Tamsin collapsed in school in 2007 with a suspected stroke and eventually made it back into the classroom, after eighteen months, with a droopy foot disguised by very nice tall, tight boots. She has since had Cauda Equina Syndrome.

She currently holds elected roles as Secretary of Surrey Teachers Joint Committee, Chair of Surrey County Council Trade Unions, Member of the Executive of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Surrey ATL Branch Secretary and Surrey National Union of Teachers Division Secretary (so a quiet life really) This does not fit on any form, and is not recognised as possible by any computer.

Tamsin has worked extensively representing employees at all levels and in all sectors of Education in Surrey. She continues to enjoy challenges every day, and has particular interest in helping to resolve the difficulties experienced by those wishing to return to, or remain in, employment following mental health diagnosis. She would like to change the way mental health is perceived, so that it is as easy to talk about as having a cold.

Tamsin works with passion and enthusiasm to ensure the best outcomes for both children and staff in education.

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H.G.Wells Centre, Woking.. 10 a.m.

All members welcome. This is a chance to find out just what the Union in Surrey has been doing and to ask any questions you want.

There will be elections of officers, reports from everyone and a presentation by Amanda Martin, Executive Member about Women`s Networks in the Union.

And there`s a free lunch afterwards!

Be there and be a part of it!

Directions to H.G.Wells Conference Centre:

Church Street East, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HJ Switchboard – 01483712710

DutyMobile   –  01483743933


  • Leave the train station on the town side (Platform 1) cross over the road and head down Chertsey Road with McDonalds on your right.
  • Turn left towards the Martian statue just after Nandos. At the Martian statue, turn right into Church Street East.
  • HG Wells is approximately 100mon your right, just before the pedestrian bridge which crosses the road.
  • For train times please call 08457 48 4950.



  • Exit Junction 11 towards Woking. Travel along the dual carriageway at the roundabout take the first exit onto theA320.
  • At the roundabout (The Harvester Restaurant on your left) take the second exit Guildford Road.
  • At the roundabout (McClarens) take the second exit Chertsey Road.
  • At the roundabout (The Six Crossroads) take the third exit to Woking (Chertsey Road) until you reach a roundabout on the outskirts of the town. (Pet Doctors, Veterinary Practice is on the left).
  • Go straight over this roundabout signposted to Guildford. Approximately 200m take the slip road to the Holiday Inn and the entrance to the Victoria Way multi-storey Car Park.
  • Park in the Victoria Way Car Park on  the  fourth level and use the pedestrian linkbridge to HGWells Reception.



  • Exit the A3 at Guildford following the A320 signposted to Woking. Continue on the A320 for approximately 4 miles, until you go under Victoria Arch Railway Bridge and pass ‘Toys R US’ on your right and along the one-way system through Woking.
  • Continue until you reach a roundabout. (You will see Pet Doctors, Veterinary Practice just off the right). Go all the way round the roundabout and back on yourself.
  • Approximately 200m take the sliproad to the Holiday Inn and the entrance to the VictoriaWay multi-storey Car Park.
  • Park in the Victoria Way Car Park on the fourth level and use the pedestrian linkbridge to H.G.Wells Reception.
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NUT Women’s Brighton Brunch: 6th February 2016

Brighton Brunch Surrey’s incoming Divisional Secretary, Tamsin Honeybourne, Equalities Officer, Ann Leech, and Supply Officer, Marilyn Stevens attended a blustery but informative Women’s  NUT Brighton Brunch, where Max Hyde, Former NUT President, gave a heartening description of women’s rights in her opening remarks. Ruth Serwotka also updated us on the latest events and developments, while Angie Travis spoke about the current challenges faced by supply members.

It was an informal morning, where plenty of discussion and networking took place among experienced and new women members. New reps and greater engagement with the union from women members has been a clear result of this enjoyable event.

There will be a second  women’s networking event over in Surrey, later in the year. Watch this space!

 Jackie Baker ( National Executive Officer for Surrey and West Sussex.)

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Sixth Form College Ballot results !


The Executive noted the result of the indicative ballot with 85.5% of members voting YES on a high turnout of 36% and endorsed the recommendation to move to a formal ballot for strike action in support of the campaign.  The formal strike ballot will on Monday 8 February with the strike day planned to be Tuesday 15 March.  On the day of the strike, the NUT will be organising a national event in London which we want as many members as possible to support.  It was agreed to consult reps about whether to organise any further events at regional level in the North, North West and Yorkshire.  Reps will be asked to hold meetings and organise street stalls.  A video message from Kevin Courtney will be put online and an NUT campaign pack of materials for street stalls will arrive in all colleges around 10 February.

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NUT WOMEN’S BRIGHTON BRUNCH : This coming Saturday : 6th February 2016

Sat 6th Feb: 11.30-13.30

NUT Women’s Brighton Brunch With Special Guest Max Hyde , Former NUT President.

…..at ‘ Oh So Social’ café and restaurant

250a King’s Road, Brighton, BN1 1NB.

(Down the Steps On Beach Front To Right Of Pier As FACING IT)

Bacon butties, coffee , tea and nibbles….

One or two tables will be set aside with materials for older children to draw and do puzzles but the NUT will cover childcare and carer’s costs.

Transport costs covered . Please bring receipts.  

Let us know if you wish to join us . Leave a message for Jackie Baker on:

01403 267778 or email:


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Crèche Facilities


You are reminded that the closing date for applications for Crèche facilities is 4 March 2016. Every effort will be made to accommodate all children whose parents wish to place them with the Crèche.


The Crèche will be open during Official Union fringe meetings, held at the Conference Centre, and the following periods:

Friday, 25 March        –    4.00 p.m. –   6.15 p.m.

Saturday, 26 March    –    8.15 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.   1.45 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.

Sunday, 27 March      –    9.15 a.m. –   1.15 p.m.  CLOSED

Monday, 28 March      –    8.45 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.   1.45 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.

Tuesday, 29 March     –    8.45 a.m. –   1.15 p.m.

Crèche facilities will be provided by Nipperbout: http://www.nipperbout.com

An online registration form for the use of delegates wishing to place their children in the Crèche can be found at www.tinyurl.com/nipperregister . On your first visit to the registration site enter this code: NTA250316 into the Account Name text box. Then add the first three letters: NTA into the Password text box. Then Login.

Delegates should provide all relevant information about their children’s needs, in particular any special needs or disabilities that may affect the staffing ratios or care of other children.

To ensure all your information is saved, return to the ‘My Info’ page before you Log Out of the registration site. If assistance is required please email Nipperbout nipperbout@icloud.com.


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