NEU National News : 8th June 2018

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

Special Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Executive have agreed to a special award for members who have made a long-term contribution to the National Union of Teachers. There are currently ways in which we recognise our members’ contributions to the Union including life membership (at local level), and Officer/Rep of the year. This award will recognise a wider category of activist – to recognise those members and their activism not always in officer roles, but carrying out a variety of tasks which supports the division or local association officers over a very long period of time. Recipients of the awards (which will be paid for by the nominating association/division) will receive a letter signed by the Joint General Secretary and be listed in the Teacher magazine. If you wish to nominate someone in your division/association, please email rachel.baxter@neu.org.uk or john.roberts@neu.org.uk with the text of the letter you wish to have signed and we will do the rest.

NEU Elections for Post-16, independent schools, support staff and equality section Executive members

Local associations can make nominations for the above seats – but the person you nominate must be on the relevant register.

For the Post-16, Independent and Support Staff seats nominations can also be made by 35 individual members from at least three different workplaces.

Please use your local networks to ensure that members are registered on the appropriate equality register and with the relevant employer so that they are not inadvertently excluded from either the nomination process or eligibility to vote.

Conference Resolutions

A reminder that the 2018 Conference resolutions can be found here. In July, the JEC will be considering a paper from the section Executives on the implementation of decisions arising from both sections conferences this year.

Elections for Officers of the NEU – Treasurer and membership and Equality Officer – 1 January 2019 to 31 August 2020.

NEU Elections for Post-16, independent schools, support staff and equality section Executive members

Local associations can make nominations for the above seats – but the person you nominate must be on the relevant register.

For the Post-16, Independent and Support Staff seats nominations can also be made by 35 individual members from at least three different workplaces.

Please use your local networks to ensure that members are registered on the appropriate equality register and with the relevant employer so that they are not inadvertently excluded from either the nomination process or eligibility to vote.

Conference Resolutions

A reminder that the 2018 Conference resolutions can be found here. In July, the JEC will be considering a paper from the section Executives on the implementation of decisions arising from both sections conferences this year.

Elections for Officers of the NEU – Treasurer and membership and Equality Officer – 1 January 2019 to 31 August 2020.

A full list of nominations received for the above elections from NEU NUT Section and ATL Section is available here.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Funding

The NEU has submitted a written response to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into school funding. We are calling for an immediate increase in funding for schools to reverse the real-terms cuts already experienced, as well as a wider review into the amount of money needed to provide a great education system in the future. There must be enough money available to schools to fund sufficient staff to ensure workload is manageable, to pay teachers and school staff properly and to fund a rich and resourced curriculum for pupils. The Committee is due to receive oral evidence later this year and report on its findings early next year. We are also drafting a response to the same Committee’s inquiry into SEND.

Assessment

This week the DfE issued guidance for schools on the proposed Reception Baseline assessment. The Department is looking for schools to volunteer to take part in a trial of questions this autumn and a full pilot in September 2019. I gave a speech at Bath Spa University this week in which I described Baseline as ‘a nonsense which it is harmful to our professional identity to tolerate’. It really makes no sense for schools or heads to go along with it. They are certainly under no obligation to participate in the pilot when it starts. We should seriously intend to stop its introduction. Our partners, More Than A Score have launched a petition opposing Baseline which I would urge you to sign and publicise.

Although the full introduction of Baseline is still two years away, I know many of you are already working to help parents, teachers and head teachers understand the arguments against this damaging test. Last weekend, NEU activists organised a successful community event in Preston Park, Stockton, highlighting the potential effect on pupils. You can order More Than A Score’s excellent Primary Assessment: The Alternative pamphlet, to give out at any community events this summer, here.

More to follow.

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SURRAGETTE PICNIC : Monday 28th May 2018 : all welcome ! Details below

The Women’s Hall Project invites everyone to the

S U F F R A G E T T E  P I C N I C

Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May 2018

12noon – 3pm Victoria Park E 3 Free Entry

Bring your own Picnic, and if you like – dress-up, wear a red cap or hat, and bring a flag or banner to wave.There will be lots of free events happening in the park all day with film screenings, music, and workshops for adults and children to enjoy.

Almost 105 years ago to the day the East End Suffragettes held their first Women’s May Day event in Victoria Park on Sunday 25 May 1913. Local Branch members from Bow, Bromley and Poplar carried purple, white and green flags and wore their ‘red caps of liberty’. The East London Federation of Suffragettes led by Sylvia Pankhurst were a radical group who fought for working women’s rights. Their headquarters, the original Women’s Hall , which stood at 400 old Ford Road in Bow, opened on 5 May 1914 and they continued to hold rallies,festivals,parties & picnics in Victoria Park. Their campaign led to all women over 21 gaining the right to vote in 1928.

THE WOMEN’S HALL project celebrates the little known history of the East London Federation of Suffragettes. Developed in partnership with Four Corners, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Alternative Arts/Women’s History Month in East London and the East End Women’s Museum this project is running from March to December 2018 and includes ‘The Women’s’ Hall a major exhibition at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives 29 May – 20 October and ‘The Photography of Norah Smyth’ at Four Corners Gallery 26 October – 26 January. www.eastendwomensmuseum.org/the-womens-hall 

This event is part of the All Points Equal day presented by the All Points East – In the Neighbourhood Festival produced by AEG Presents www.allpointseastfestival.com/in-the-neighbourhood/2018/4/25/all-points-equal

Map directions can be downloaded here:- APE Customer Map 2018_MT edit

                 

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NEU National News : 18th May 2018

May 18, 2018 | 18/016 E
National Education Union | Campaigns update | Action | Noticeboard
Advice and guidance | International | Dates for your diary | In the news
NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION
2019 NEU CONFERENCE – ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENT
The first NEU Conference will be held at the ACC in Liverpool from 15-18 April. Both NUT and ATL sections will be electing the normal number of delegates under their existing rules separately. This means delegate numbers could exceed 1500. Because of the very large numbers we’ve taken steps to guarantee there are enough rooms available for all delegates and hopefully to simplify the booking process. By booking rooms in such bulk we’ve also negotiated better prices in all hotels. There will be just one point of contact to book all hotels and, providing there are sufficient rooms remaining, local associations will always be given their first choice. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Contracts will be made directly with hotels as normal and local associations will be billed directly, as they always have been.
A list of hotels available with prices for single occupancy rooms is below. To book, simply email Karen Dunning at karen@conferencesearch.co.uk with the following information:
Your association/division
Name, address and email for invoices
Your first, second and third choice of hotel, in case there aren’t enough rooms left in your top choice
How many rooms you need on each night. If you need dates outside those booked, just let Karen know
If you have any special requirements such as family room, disabled access etc. If you don’t yet know this, you will be able to liaise with the hotel as we get closer to April 2019
Karen Dunning will confirm availability of your selected hotel back to you, pass your details to the hotel and deduct the rooms you’re booking from the total available. The hotel will then issue you a contract (depending on the number of rooms you book).
Please click here for a list of hotels/rates.
CAMPAIGNS UPDATE
TUC- a new deal for workers march – 12 May
Thank you to everyone who joined the NEU block and marched for a new deal for education last Saturday. There was lots of positive coverage in the Huffington Post and the Guardian – which included a picture of our new inflatable scissors.
FUNDING
Education Select Committee – NEU submission to schools and colleges funding inquiry
Like many organisations across education, the NEU is currently developing a national submission to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into school and college funding. Teachers and school staff know the impacts funding cuts are having – rising class sizes, lack of resources, redundancies and narrowing of opportunities for pupils – but this is our opportunity to raise the issues in Parliament and to push for fair funding for all schools. You can enter your own submission to the inquiry here. The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2018.
ASSESSMENT
More Than A Score – SATs week
More Than A Score has been signing teachers and supporters up to its campaign during SATs week. You can sign up and share with members here. Don’t forget to order FREE More Than A Score pamphlets for your division.
PAY
East Sussex Pay campaign widens
Ballots in eight schools began this week adding to the five schools already in dispute as the campaign for fair pay in East Sussex grows. The dispute is over the failure of the local authority to recommend the agreed Union rates for teachers, (2%) across the main scale from September 2017, instead recommending 1% in the grades between the min and maximum. The sums involved are relatively small (between zero and approx. £10K per school).
Members in five secondary schools in the area have already taken two days of strike action which was solidly supported, a further school faced with action agreed to settle. In addition, as a result of the action over twenty schools (more than 10%) in East Sussex have now confirmed they will pay the correct rates and the figure is increasing as momentum grows.
South East Regional Secretary, Paul McLaughlin said:
“We know that schools are facing funding pressures, however we cannot allow a two tier workforce to develop at the expense of our members. The majority of schools and local authorities have implemented the recommended rates, we are calling on those who do not to change their approach otherwise they may face similar action.”
NB: The schools balloting and taking action are; Bourne, Priory, Uckfield Community College, Seaford Head, Seaford Primary (agreed to pay), St Catherine’s, Peacehaven, Meridian, Cavendish, Hailsham, Ocklynge, Central CE, Pashley Down and Ratton.
ACTION
Please find below details of forthcoming action. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:
Action
Date
Contact
Acton High School/Ealing
(Transfer of Employment)
Tuesday 22 May
Wednesday 23 May
Thursday 24 May
Stefan Simms
secretary@ealing.neu.org.uk
Hall Green Infant & Nursery School/Birmingham
(Restructure)

Tuesday 22 May
Wednesday 23 May
Shirley Perry (Joint Div Sec)
secretary@birmingham.neu.org.uk
Springfield Primary School/Birmingham
(Restructure)

Thursday 24 May
Shirley Perry (Joint Div Sec)
secretary@birmingham.neu.org.uk
The Village School/Brent
(Transfer of Employment)

Wednesday 23 May
Lesley Gouldbourne
secretary@brent.neu.org.uk
St Helen’s Primary Academy/Barnsley

Thursday 24 May
Nicola Fitzpatrick
secretary@barnsley.neu.org.uk
NOTICEBOARD
It’s Pride Season!
The Pride Events page has been updated for 2018. Please let members know about events taking place in your area. If you are holding a local Pride event and it is not yet listed please send information about where members should meet, timings and local contact details about where to find out more and get involved to equality@neu.org.uk
The NEU will again be participating in a number of Pride events across the country again this year. The Union’s presence at Pride events sends out a message of solidarity to all LGBT+ teachers and students.
Assembly content ready to download for The Great Get Together
From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June, The Great Get Together will be taking place across the country, and schools can take part with a special assembly on the Friday.
The Great Get Together is inspired by MP Jo Cox who was tragically murdered in 2016 and aims to bring together communities, neighbours, pupils and friends to share and celebrate all that we hold in common.
Resources are now available to download on the schools page of The Great Get Together website. These include: assembly packs, assembly powerpoints and a teacher guidance document written by the PSHE Association on how the assembly fits into the PSHE curriculum. Please share this information with members.
Preparation and advice for 2018 summer exam series
Ofqual recently wrote to all heads in preparation for the 2018 summer exam series, which started this week. Last year exam malpractice increased, but this is likely due to an increased number of accidental breaches rather than deliberate ones.
It might help all members to know of the potential pitfalls for staff, students and exams officers, even if they are not themselves involved with exams, to help avoid malpractice this year. Below are some useful links:
Blog by Ofqual’s Associate Director for Standards and Comparability
JCQ Videos on mobile phones in exam halls and procedures for handling exam papers
ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
LAST CALL – LA Advice on STPCD pay increase for September 2017
Please note that updated information on LA and MAT decisions on pay increases for September 2017 has been posted at www.teachers.org.uk/pay-pensions-conditions/pay (you must be logged in to access this). The list highlights those for which we hold data and those for which information is still lacking.
If you have missing information, please enter the details here for local authorities and here for MATs. Regional staff will also be organising a ring round. Any queries should be directed to Patrick Bennett at Patrick.Bennett@neu.org.uk
INTERNATIONAL
American Federation of Teachers Expresses Gratitude to the NEU and International Colleagues
The leadership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution last week affirming its gratitude for the action taken by the National Education Union (NEU) and other international unions in support of American colleagues’ call to action against gun violence. The resolution reads ‘that the AFT expresses its gratitude for international support received in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, and that the AFT’s members and leaders acknowledge the deeply felt emotional solidarity shown by union family members worldwide’. The resolution specifically highlighted the NEU’s action at Conference and our solidarity efforts on 20 April 2018, the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools. Watch the video message that the Union released on the National Day of Action here and read the letter that was sent to President Trump from the NEU and the EIS here.
Statement on attacks by Israeli troops on protesters in Gaza
In the wake of attacks on Palestinian protesters earlier this week, Mary and I released a statement reaffirming the Union’s commitment to achieving a just settlement that brings peace between Israel and Palestine and condemning the attacks by Israeli troops. In addition, I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
President Erdoğan Visit and Snap Election in Turkey
Earlier this week, the NEU and Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to use her meeting with President Erdoğan as an opportunity to challenge the President’s continuous human rights violations in his country. Read the letter here. The Union and SPOT also released a statement in response to the President’s announcements of early elections in Turkey.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
NEU Public Meeting on Windrush 70: Resisting the Hostile Environment, 23 June
NEU-NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, London WC1H 9BD
The NEU is working in conjunction with Stand Up to Racism for this public meeting about Windrush. Members can book tickets via Eventbrite. Confirmed speakers include the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP. Flyer can be found here.
Joint Secretaries’ Briefing, 29 June
Secretaries of Associations and Divisions are strongly encouraged to attend the next Joint Secretaries’ Briefing which will be held at the Bristol City Centre Marriott on Friday 29 June. The event will start at 09:15 and finish at 16:15. A full programme will be circulated shortly.The hotel is ½ mile from Bristol Temple Meads train station and attendees should travel by public transport if possible. Discounted rail fares are available if booked direct from GWR.
As it is an early start, most will need to stay on the night of Thursday 28 June. Rooms have been booked in both the Marriott where the event is being held and the Holiday Inn City Centre which is 8 minutes’ walk from the Marriott. There will be a buffet dinner on Thursday evening for everyone in the Marriott.
David Kimber from the ATL section is dealing with registration and all the hotel bookings. Everyone who plans to attend will need to book. Even if you booked to attend the event in March cancelled due to the snow, you still need to book. Officers and members of the Executive will need to book too. We will not assume anyone is attending
Please ensure you’ve booked your place by Monday 4 June and contact David (david.kimber@neu.org.uk) if you have any questions.
To book just click here.
Teacher, Union and Human Rights: A Seminar on Global Solidarity, 7 July
10.30-15.30
NEU-NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, London WC1H 9BD
This all-day seminar will explore the need for, and power of, global solidarity in education around the world, especially in the face of privatisation, oppressive regimes, and the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM). The day will be filled with workshops on education in Cuba and Latin America, child rights in Palestine, global responses to privatisation, and more. Please click here for more information and to register for this free event.
Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar, 24-26 July
9.00-17.00
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
How do individuals and groups in a democracy organise to correct injustice? Join Facing History and Ourselves for a two-and-a-half-day seminar that will use the desegregation of Central High School in 1957 as a case study to explore the US Civil Rights Movement, positioning members to help their students understand how change happens in a democratic society. This seminar explores the teaching of US civil rights and race relations in Key Stage 4, highlighting Choices in Little Rock – the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement. Click here for more information, including how to register
IN THE NEWS
Our reaction to Damian Hinds’ announcement a week ago that grammar schools would receive a £50m expansion fund, drew continued press coverage. We logged 200 local press stories over the weekend, thanks to a Press Association report which featured my quote (example).
Last weekend was the TUC’s “New Deal” rally in London. We joined a discussion on 5Live alongside TUC DGS Paul Nowak and Mark Littlewood (clipped here).
Two schemes for getting promising performers into private art schools were criticised this week for failing to sufficiently serve pupils from the poorest backgrounds. I was quoted in Schools Week.
There was a significant legal win for our member Philip Grosset, which was widely reported. My quote appeared in the Morning Star, declaring it a major moment in establishing the law on disability discrimination.
Marking Mental Health Awareness Week, Thursday’s Guardian ran a lengthy piece about stress and anxiety over GCSEs. Mary was quoted.
On Thursday, the DfE announced a revised version of its Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This now includes a dedicated section on tackling sexual harassment and violence. I welcomed its publication in this press release.
And finally, Mary and I were both quoted in a Schools Week report on the Inspiration Trust and accusations of favourable treatment after a damning inspection.
Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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Surrey NEU meeting : Howard of Effingham: Tuesday 22nd May : URGENT travel and access details below.

The meeting on Tuesday will be held in Room 5 at the Howard of Effingham School (KT24 5JR). People should enter at main reception and then turn left- there will be signs showing the direction. There is ample car parking both immediately to the right as you enter the school grounds and also if you go straight on and follow the road to the left.

If arriving by public transport:
The nearest train station is Effingham Junction, however this is a 37min walk from the school. There are often no taxis at this station.
There is a bus stop 2mins from the school on Lower Road with routes going in both Guildford and Leatherhead directions

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