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.

… ‘ 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:

An online registration form for the use of delegates wishing to place their children in the Crèche can be found at . 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


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Campaign Against the Trade Union Bill

Campaign against the Trade Union Bill – week of action

The NUT is backing a week of action called by the TUC from 8 -14 February. The week is intended to highlight how the Trade Union Bill, currently being considered in the House of Lords, is an unprecedented and unnecessary attack on unions and the rights of working people. As Valentine’s Day marks the end of the week, the TUC has decided to brand the activities Heartunions. There will be two big days during the week:

Tuesday 9 February – the TUC are running ‘The Big Workplace Meeting’ at 12.45pm. The TUC General Secretary and some special guests will broadcast a short, live Q&A to meetings – they will explain what the Bill is about and how trade unionists can support the campaign.  We appreciate that this time may not coincide with the lunch break in all schools so perhaps NUT divisions will be able to facilitate at least one workplace meeting in their area.

Thursday 11 February – the TUC are looking for unions to do something visible in their local communities on this day. Colleagues in Wales and London are encouraged to organise street stalls on this day (or at the weekend following) to publicise the recently published NUT manifestoes for the May elections.

Further information about the week of action can be found on this dedicated TUC website.

The general secretaries of the NUT and the TUC have written this joint letter explaining why the week is so important and how NUT members can get involved.

Please publicise this heartunions and ‘Proud to be NUT’ poster for display in schools and colleges.

You could also use it in selfies as well as this image to show your support on social media during the week.

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Stand Up for Education : Sixth Form Colleges


Sixth form colleges – formal ballot for national strike action

The Union is proceeding with a formal ballot for strike action and a national demonstration for sixth form colleges in March, following the consultative ballot in which we secured an 85.5% YES vote for strike action on a high turnout of 36%.

The formal strike ballot opens on Monday 8 February.  The strike day itself is planned to be Tuesday 15 March.  There will be a national NUT event in London on the day of the strike, and we will be consulting reps next week about possible further events at regional level.  The sixth form colleges campaign is an important campaign in its own right but is also the first stage of a wider NUT campaign on education funding.

All NUT sixth form college reps have been asked to work to secure a high turnout and YES vote including holding meetings and organising street stalls.  A new video message from Kevin will be online with other briefing materials. NUT organisers will be contacting all reps and offering assistance with holding meetings. NUT division and association secretaries are also asked to contact NUT reps in colleges in their areas to offer assistance with meetings, etc and also to organise messages of support to reps during the ballot period.

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Christine Blower Retirement

Message from Christine Blower

As you know, I shall be retiring at the end of May.  The National Executive will agree the detail of the election for my successor in February. Nomination papers will be despatched in due course.

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This week the issue of teacher shortages and the exploitative practices of teacher supply agencies occurred throughout the week. The NUT was quoted widely:   BBC online, Schools Week; BBC, Morning Star, Guardian letters.

NUT comments on pupil assessment of teachers performance and teacher recruitment were reported in Schools Week. Christine Blower was quoted in The Guardian and BBC online re Key Stage 2 tests and assessment results.

Christine Blower was one of the main signatories in a letter to the Telegraph on the flaws in the Education and Adoption Bill. Our comments on The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report were carried in the BBC online story.

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Dates for your diary !

TUCG KILL THE BILL Rally: Monday, 11 January 2016

Organised to coincide with the Trade Union Bill’s Second Reading in the Lords – the demo will take place at 6pm at Cromwell Green, directly opposite the House of Lords.

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Annual Conference 2016

Conference Motions 2016

Next year’s Conference Motions Booklet will be available on Hearth next week with hard copies sent to schools and associations before the end of the year. Associations should organise meetings to consider the motions and select six for prioritisation. The relevant forms will be sent out with a circular next week.

Executive Member Representation Working Group (EMRWG)

The EMRWG, which was set up by decision of Annual Conference 2015, has met on 4 occasions over the summer and autumn of 2015 and has fully considered all of the issues set out in the conference motion.  The WG has now concluded its work and has prepared a Memorandum for Annual Conference.  In accordance with the Union’s Rules, the Memorandum is being sent, via the relevant committee, to the Executive at its meeting on 28 January 2016, and to ensure that Associations and Divisions have as much time as possible to consider the content and recommendations, it is planned that a copy of the Memorandum will be emailed out immediately following the January Executive meeting.  In accordance with the Conference Timetable, the Memorandum will also need to be sent out with other Conference documents to be despatched on 10 February 2016.

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Marilyn Stevens: Surrey Division Executive Member for Supply Teachers and Jackie Baker: National Executive Officer for Surrey and West Sussex lobbying for the status of supply teachers

Marilyn Stevens, Surrey Executive member for supply teachers , and Jackie Baker, National Executive member for Surrey, both joined the NUT supply agency lobby on Wednesday. A very fruitful and well attended day, where we certainly brought the message home about the big profits these agencies are making from both supply teachers , tax payers and School budgets. Leaflets went down well, particularly with younger members of the public.

Supply lobby 1

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