IMPORTANT MEETING FOR ALL SURREY N.U.T. members: Tuesday 25th November 2014 !!

Dear NUT member,

A crucial meeting of Surrey Division N.U.T. will take place on Tuesday 25th November 2014 in Committee Room B at County Hall, Penryn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DJ, commencing at 5.30 pm, with light refreshments available from 5.00 p.m.

At this meeting, we will be selecting our nomination for Deputy General Secretary (current encumbent Kevin Courtney). It is vital that we get a quorate meeting, to support our choice of nominee.

Also at the meeting, we will be hearing the latest news from NUT Executive about the next phase of planned action and discussing the workload ballots (our NUT one and the Government one).

If you haven’t already done so, please complete your response on “surveymonkey.com/s/Workloadchallenge” immediately. It is vital we make our voices heard, whilst the Government appears to be listening.

If you intend to come on 25th November, please email or text me asap, so I can ensure adequate provision of refreshments.

Fred Greaves : Division Secretary, Surrey NUT: “secretary@surrey.nut.org.uk”/07769256217

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Urgent Communication for Supply Teachers

Dear Colleague

I am a caseworker for Surrey Division and I spent last year working as a supply teacher, following many years of full time teaching.

Our division want to start a Surrey Supply teacher group, having termly meetings in a convenient venue. We want to allow Surrey supply teachers to have their say about the major challenges affecting all supply teachers.

* Thirty years ago there were 170 local authority supply teaching pools all with Teachers’ Pay and Conditions and Teachers’ Pension Scheme payments.

* 2014 – there are over 480 private supply teaching agencies ,most of them competing in a race to the bottom to under pay teachers. None of them enrol teachers into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

* 46,000 teachers work for private supply teaching agencies: 62,000 teachers employed by private and independent schools (including nearly all the staff at Eton) are allowed into the state funded Teachers’ Pension Scheme

* Private Supply Teaching agencies provide very few opportunities for training. None of them pay teachers for training.

* One of the last local authority teaching supply agencies is run by Sefton Council. Teachers receive 90 – 95% of the money spent by schools on supply teaching costs. It is run by one manager and two part-time staff.

* Private Supply Teaching agencies take anywhere between one half and a third of money spent by schools on supply teachers.

* The Chief Executive of Capita was paid £2.2 million last year.

* The Chief Executive of Hayes was paid £199,000 in pension contributions last year.

* Teaching Personnel made £7.5 million in profits on an income of £50 million – a 28% rise in profits.

* The minimum rate for Newly Qualified Teachers should be £111 per day and from £120 to £190 per day for experienced teachers.

* Classes are overseen by Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors. We want a return to a qualified teacher in every classroom.

 

Please reply to my email address-surreysupply@gmail.com-I would love to hear your individual views on the above and your own circumstances. I can then arrange a meeting place and we can get together.

 

Best wishes

Marilyn Stevens

P.S. NUT SUPPLY TEACHERS MEETING : Saturday 13th December: Birmingham.

Midlands NUT Office has been booked. 11.00-2.00 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, would you please let Marilyn know on “surreysupply@gmail.com” ?

 

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TAKE PART IN GOVERNMENT WORKLOAD SURVEY: URGENT !

Following her letter to schools last week about Ofsted expectations, Nicky Morgan has now announced a major review of teacher workload, starting with a consultation with all teachers.

Details of the survey can be found here and the survey itself is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Workloadchallenge

This is another very significant development which has come about as a result of continued and determined campaigning by the NUT. We now have a great opportunity to shape the debate about teacher workload and education and to bring about real change.

We want to encourage everyone to discuss and complete the survey – which can include comments and pictures and also examples of good practice from schools.

Perhaps your headteacher would allow some time for discussion about the survey at a staff meeting or INSET day.

The survey closes on November 21st, after which the government says it will review the responses with trade unions and take action to reduce workload.

Please discuss this with colleagues in your school and make sure you all complete the survey, which could change your working lives.

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NUT gives evidence at Education Select Committee

NUT Deputy General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, was part of a panel of trade union leaders giving oral evidence to the Education Select Committee on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.  This was part of the Committee’s inquiry into the development and operation of the academies and free schools programme.  The Union had also submitted written evidence.  Kevin argued strongly that there was no evidence for an ‘academy effect’ in terms of attainment by pupils.  He said that primary academies, which had overwhelming rejected voluntary conversion to academy status, were being forced into sponsored academy arrangements and that the bullying activities of academy brokers were continuing to be a problem for schools.  There was a democratic deficit with parents and staff being routinely ignored when they rejected academy status for their school.  There was a lack of oversight and accountability of academies and free schools as evidenced by the closure of some free schools because of poor standards and financial scandals in both types of school.  He said the Committee should look closely into the case of Kings Science Academy, where police are conducting an ongoing fraud investigation and where serious questions remained unanswered about school governance and the role of the DfE in relation to its oversight of the school.

The recording of the session can be viewed on BBC iplayer

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Ofsted Inspections-Clarification for Schools

Union pressure has resulted in the publication by Ofsted of an important document that clarifies what Ofsted DOES NOT expect schools to do or provide during and before inspection.  This should help to dispel myths about Ofsted expectations that are resulting in excessive workload for teachers and provide members with the ammunition they may need to gain agreement at school level about the expectations on teachers in preparation for, or during, an Ofsted inspection.  The publication of the document represents a significant breakthrough in the talks with Government on teachers’ workload.  It is available on the NUT website.

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has emailed schools to draw their attention to the document and states that: “Teachers are best placed to make decisions about how and what they should teach; we trust them to exercise their professional judgement and we want to free them up to focus on what matters in their jobs. “  Nicky Morgan’s email is available on the DfE Website.

Remember that where agreement on particular issues, for example lesson planning, cannot be reached, our programme of Action Short of Strike Action  offers members a way to restore trust and autonomy in their professional judgement, with escalation to strike action where necessary.  Please report to any victories to your Regional Secretary, whether as a result of action or the threat of action.

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Pay Appeals Advice : Documents and Guidance !

A reminder to all reps and members !

All the documentation you need can be found elsewhere on this website: “www.surreynut.org.uk” under “MEDIA”:-

Toolkit 1: NUT Model letters for use in Pay Appeals

Toolkit 2: NUT Guidance on Pay Progression

Toolkit 3: NUT Guidance on Pay Appeals

Toolkit 4: NUT Checklist for Pay Meetings

All materials can be downloaded for your use

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In the news

In a week which saw Nicky Morgan’s speech to Conservative Party Conference and her meeting with teaching unions, it was timely that the NUT issued the results of a survey of 16,000+ members on workload.  The results were startling and inspired a great deal of social media comment on Tuesday night.  The press also covered the story, including the BBC and TES.

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Consultative Ballot : STOP PRESS !

CONSULTATIVE BALLOT

You should have received your ballot paper – please ask school representatives to hold meetings in their school and encourage a YES vote.  The hotline for members to call if they have not received a paper is now operating and will do so until 17 October – 020 7380 6300.

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