Inaugural Meeting of Surrey NEU: 26th January 2019 : URGENT INFORMATION

Dear Colleague



The inaugural meeting of the Surrey District of the National Education Union will take place on the 26th January at the Holiday Inn Guildford at 10.00 ( followed by lunch).


The papers for this meeting are attached (see below *).

One item on the agenda is the prioritisation of motions for Annual Conference at Easter. Every year, local organisations send in motions that they hope will be discussed at Conference; shortage of time means that only a few of these will actually appear on the final agenda. On 26 January we will have a chance to say which 6 motions we would like to see discussed.  There will be hard copy of the motions submitted available at the meeting but I thought that you would like a preview of them all so that you can select the ones you would want to appear ( that is the Motions Booklet attached).


There are a number of posts which are unfilled as yet and these are detailed on the agenda. Please give some thought to nomination for these. Without officers, there is no union.


The car parking at the Holiday Inn is not free for casual visitors so you will need to report to reception on arrival and say which meeting you are attending. There will be lunch available but numbers are restricted. Please let Philip Clark know if you are attending


At this inaugural meeting it is important that we are quorate so please make every effort to attend.


Best wishes to you all

Ted Truscoe

Assistant Secretary

Surrey District NEU

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*Inaugural Meeting 26.1.19

*Surrey NEU rules 2 Oct 2018 DRAFT

*Motions Booklet 2019

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National NEU Latest News: Ballot update: 9th January 2019


Dear All,

Happy NEU year!

We are in the last two weeks of the indicative ballot, which closes midnight on Friday 18 January.

It is vital over the next week that we take this final opportunity to ensure the highest turnout possible.

Below is an update of the communications members will receive if they haven’t voted.

Ballot communications going this week:

Monday: All members that haven’t voted received an email about Damian Hinds’ broken promise for all schools to receive a cash increase and allows them to vote directly. This will exclude our postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes, (this email came from Kevin and Mary).

Wednesday: All members that haven’t voted will receive a text that allows them to vote directly, this excludes postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

A reminder to complete postal ballots will also be sent by text to Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes.

Tuesday 15 January: All members that haven’t voted will receive a text that allows them to vote directly excluding postal vote areas, Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

All members that haven’t voted in Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes will get an email reminding them to vote.

Thursday 17 January: All members who haven’t voted will receive an email allowing them to vote via email. This excludes postal vote areas; Coventry, Rotherham, Milton Keynes.

Friday 18 January: All members who haven’t voted will receive a text allowing them to vote. This excludes postal vote areas, Coventry, Rotherham and Milton Keynes.

The ballot will close at midnight on Friday 18 January

All emails will come from the National Education Union and the text message will come from NEU. Please encourage members to check their junk or spam mailboxes.

This ballot update includes information on:

  • Enquiries and requesting new ballot papers
  • RELAY: What it is and how to order a campaign
  • How to access your membership list and to see your LA turnout by school
  • Workplace resources
  • Hands Up campaign websites

Enquiries and requesting new ballot papers
All enquiries need to be directed to this webform. This includes requests for new ballots and also ballot IDs for people to vote online.

Members only need to complete this form if they cannot find a text or email to vote.

RELAY: What it is and how to order a campaign
Relay is a peer-to-peer text messaging tool, via an online portal, that enables interactive contact with wider groups of members. Unlike bulk text messaging, Relay allows members to reply, enabling you to have organising conversations with them. The best part is you can have multiple message senders and not have to do it all yourself, so if you had 3000 members to text and you found a group of 10 people to help you, then each activist would be assigned 300 people each to text message.

Assess your aims
Think about what you are trying to achieve and don’t miss an opportunity to have an organising conversation using this tool. Yes, we want to know if people have voted and give them a nudge if they haven’t, but we also want to build our strength in schools and colleges – that means asking people to step up. From putting a poster up to becoming a Rep, utilise this opportunity to build your district. Read our extremely helpful Get Ready To Relay planner here for more tips and creating stronger outcomes.

We recommend that you offer people your next district meeting in the form of a sign up link and an invite to your activist whatsapp/facebook group. You can put both these links in the relay request form.

  1. Identify your target
    Who do you need to engage to meet your aim? You could message all activists, a specific set of workplaces or workplaces with no rep?
  2. Recruit your Relay Squad
    You need people to help you text, we’re calling that a ‘Relay squad’ – this could be Local Officers, Reps and anyone willing but you need to recruit them and keep track of who they are so that you can fill in the order form properly
    Once you’ve recruited them, your squad members need to sign up for Relay themselves by going to this link: , they must be registered on Relay before you move to step 4.
  3. Fill out a Relay Request Form
    Fill out the online regional form to request a Relay Campaign:

    London Region Relay Request
    South East Region Relay Request
    South West Region Relay Request
    Eastern Region Relay Request
    Midlands Region Relay Request
    Yorkshire Midland Region Relay Request
    Northern Region Relay Request
    North West Region Relay Request

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Latest up to date news from NEU : December 2019


December 14, 2018 | 18-039E



Indicative ballot
As we get nearer to the Christmas break, we want to encourage as many members as possible to vote in the indicative ballot, before the festive season gets into full swing.

This week, Ealing NUT Section secretary Stefan Sims has given his take on how he’s been building the ballot in the London borough. While having a fairly small patch to cover – and a motorbike – has undoubtedly helped, Stefan’s successful approach has been based around a few straightforward steps, focused on contacting reps, visiting schools and calling members he can’t meet in person.

Mary and I took part in our final ballot-themed Facebook live this week, talking about how workload is increasing because of funding shortages and answering members’ questions. It is available to watch back on the NEU Facebook page.

This week the Government responded in writing to the Parliamentary petition set up by a group of head teachers in Gateshead, calling for an increase in school funding. The response was the usual DfE nonsense about “more money going into schools than ever before”. School staff and parents know the reality: that schools are struggling to provide even the basics due to funding shortages, as cash going into schools is failing to keep pace with inflation and rising pupil numbers. The petition has now reached 30,000 signatures. Please sign and share it to help get it to the 100,000 signatures it needs to be debated in the Commons.


NEU Annual conference
Letters were sent to Associations advising them of the number of delegates they are entitled to send to Conference 2019.  Delegates will have been elected either at a quorate general meeting or by a ballot of the membership. Please do let us have your delegate information as soon as possible – although the deadline for informing Head Office is 15 February 2019, it will not be possible to elect Association delegates next year.   Delegate credentials will be processed, printed and despatched direct to delegates, there will be no registration at Conference itself, only lost badges will be processed at Conference.  Amended credentials can be despatched during the spring term.


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
Langdale Free School
Wednesday 19 December
Thursday 20 December
Inscape House School
Wednesday 19 December

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Pay Progression Survey
The annual NEU pay progression survey has so far received nearly 30,000 responses, more than twice the number received last year. The initial results confirm that too many members are continuing to be turned down for progression on inappropriate grounds but are not appealing. Local secretaries should consider how they can help encourage members to use their right of appeal and support them in doing so

Next week: Keeping pressure up on Government ‘state of denial’ on serious and rising levels of child poverty (embargo for Monday 17th December)

Next week, on Monday 17th December, the NEU will publish a poll of over 1,000 members about child poverty at Xmas.

The poll will reveal teachers’ concerns about the worsening patterns in relation to:

  • housing insecurity and homelessness
  • families’ inability to afford adequate shoes and clothing for children
  • child hunger during the Xmas holidays
  • the picture of extra items and support that schools must provide for families
  • the impact on pupils’ mental health and dignity

Please look out for the findings when released on Monday. Please share on Twitter/Facebook, from Monday. We must highlight the consequences of Government policies for children and children’s rights, and demand alternative policies on wages, jobs and social security. We will share the findings with all political parties.

Privatisation Update
December’s edition of Privatisation Update is on the website with the latest on academies, free schools and privatisation, including: an alliance of unions, parents and councils are fighting a Catholic Diocese’s plans to academise its schools; Ofsted criticises the “half-way” house of academisation in its annual report and says it will introduce a new inspection process for academy chains; and the latest facts and figures on the increasing rate and costs of academy transfers as well as news of recently revealed financial scandals in the academies sector.

Fred and Anne Jarvis award – last chance to nominate!
There is just one week left to make nominations for the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019. The award recognises the contribution of an individual outside the Union. The criterion for the award states:

“The award should be made to a person outside the union who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the NEU’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.”

Nominations must be submitted on the form available on the website by 5pm next Friday 21 December. Further details are available here.

Show Racism the Red Card: let’s build schools’ involvement in 2019

This term, between the NEU, Unison and SRtRC we managed to get 2,500 schools in England and Wales to use Wear Red Day in their school to talk about racism.

Racism remains an issue that every school needs to be talking about, and planning to proactively challenge. One way to do this is for schools to get involved with Show Racism the Red Card and use the power of footballers as role models for young people.

Please watch and share on twitter the trailer for SRtRC’s brand new film here.

In your next newsletter, please encourage reps to enter their school into the SRtRC Schools Competition 2019 – the closing date for registration is 28 February.

Supply Teacher Officer training
The Union is canvassing interest in a training course for new Supply Teacher Officers to run sometime in 2019.  Please ask any new Supply Teacher Officers to contact the training team if they would be interested in attending Supply Teacher Officer training. They can contact the training team on

Settlement Agreement Case Referral Form
Please would all NEU caseworkers, including former NUT and ATL local officers, use the NEU Settlement Agreement Case Referral Form to refer settlement agreements to the Settlement Agreement Team in Doncaster. The form can be found on the NUT website under settlement agreements – officer documents. You’ll need to log in to the website to access the form. You’ll also find guidance and resources on this page.


Tell Iranian Authorities to stop the crackdown on trade unionists
Educators and unionists in Iran continue to be persecuted by authorities for peacefully defending their rights and freedoms. At least 15 teachers were arrested following two-day strikes in November, while teacher trade unionist Mohammed Habibi remains in prison amidst reports of severe mistreatment. Join the Education International and LabourStart campaign to support Iranian teacher trade unionists and tell the authorities to stop jailing educators now. You can also read more about the situation in Iran here.

Advance notice: opportunity to host an international guest at Annual Conference
Following a successful pilot project at this year’s NEU-NUT Section Annual Conference, we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity to host an international guest at Conference to members, districts and branches. The role of a host may include accompanying guests to appropriate fringe events, holding meetings with their delegation and arranging one or more evening meals with them. This is an excellent opportunity to make a strong, lasting and fruitful connection with an international colleague. Details and applications will be shared in early 2019.

Tri-National Coalition in Defense of Public Education
From 9-11 November 2018, delegates from the NEU-NUT Section participated in the 13th Conference of the Tri-National Coalition in Defense of Public Education. The Tri-National Coalition was initiated in 1993 in response to NAFTA, the tri-national trade agreement that included Canada, the US and Mexico. The theme of the Conference this year was ‘Internationalism: a strategy for struggles to defend education as a social right’ and included school visits, plenaries and workshops. The full Delegation Report, compiled by Louise Regan, is available here.


At the weekend I attended a National Housing Summit at NEU headquarters and stressed the importance of genuinely affordable housing for teachers and other workers on low or moderate income. On Sunday I was on the anti-fascist demonstration, also in London. Some of you may have seen my photo on the front page of Monday’s Guardian, marching at the front of the demo.

A letter from the NEU signed by myself and Mary to members in Catholic schools, setting out the risks of the increase in academisation currently being considered by Bishops, was reported in Schools Week.

Also in Schools Week, we commented on plans to share the annual £50m expansion funding between 16 schools.

In the TES on Wednesday, Mary reacted to a rumoured proposal for the new Ofsted inspection framework that would allow just 150-minutes notice before an inspection. She also commented on another TES article about Lord Agnew’s business interests in Zen Education, which helps schools recruit staff, and on the School Dash app.

We also commented on a widely-used Press Association story about the number of local authority run secondary schools in deficit. You can read an example here. And I also appeared in a Press Association story today, reacting to the primary school performance tables.

This will be the last e-Bulletin this term unless there is any urgent issue we need to contact you about next Friday.

The NEU e-Bulletin to local officers will launch in January.

Best wishes to you all for an enjoyable break.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

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URGENT NEWS ! NEU officers elected and Inaugural Meeting of Surrey NEU : 26th January 2019 : ACTION NEEDED !

Dear Colleagues
Nominations for officers of the Surrey District closed at midnight on 10 December 2018.  These nominations were for officers who will take up post on 1 September 2019 following the decision of the District that existing officers  would have their terms of office extended to 31 August 2019.
Many posts received no nominations and they will have to be elected at the inaugural meeting of the District on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the Holiday Inn Guildford which starts at 10.00 and will be followed by lunch.
Please make an effort to attend !
 Please let Phil Clark know that you are coming to ensure your lunch
Some posts did receive nomination and as in each case there was only one, the following are elected unopposed.
                                                                                                            President                         Dan Warrington
                                                                                                            Vice President                 Leslie Jackson
                                                                                                            Ex-President                    Anne Leech
                                                                                                            Secretary                         Tamsin Honeybourne
                                                                                                            Treasurer                         Philip Clark
                                                                                                            Equalities Officer            Anne Leech
                                                                                                            Events Organiser             Philip Clark
The Division`s thanks go to our long-standing Treasurer Carole Truscoe who is retiring on 31 August as is your Assistant Secretary, Membership Secretary, Safety Adviser and East Surrey Caseworker  (me). We have an able replacement for Carole but I hope that one or more of you may wish to stand for  my posts.
With fraternal best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
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November 02, 2018 | 18-033E



Hands Up, Because Enough’s Enough – Simultaneous members consultation to begin soon

In his Budget this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond comprehensively failed the 6 tests we set for him on school funding.

The £400m in capital funding for schools to pay for the “little extras they need” was a derisory gesture from a Government hopelessly out of touch with the reality in our schools. It is a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.5bn lost from school budgets since 2015 and all the signs suggest the cuts will continue.

Enough is enough.

We are working closely with colleagues from ASCL and NAHT to ramp up our campaign for proper funding for our schools and colleges. We have agreed that our 3 unions will simultaneously consult all our members – in the NEU through an indicative ballot – on what steps heads and teachers in schools and sixth form colleges are prepared to take to convince this Government to change course.

We plan to start this consultation in the week ending 16 November, so we need you, our experienced local officers, to help get the message out to members and reps in your area and encourage the biggest possible turnout.

Colleagues in regional offices will be running briefings for local officers – please contact your regional office if you don’t already have details. Materials will then be available for you to host rep briefings in your association: we would urge you to book these now if you haven’t already done so, or turn your next association meeting into a briefing. We will shortly be mailing out further details, including indicative ballot FAQs. In the meantime please visit for updates.

A press release will appear here at 0001hrs Monday, announcing the simultaneous surveying of members in ASCL, NAHT and NEU on next steps for the campaign.  The germane information is covered in the paragraphs above, and is again subject to the embargo of 0001 Monday to ensure impact in the press.

We have a huge opportunity to unite as a profession to fight for the funding our schools need. But to do this we must secure a strong turnout and yes vote which will send a clear message to Government. Thank you in advance for your support.


District Rules

Once you have agreed your draft District Rules, please send them to Thanks to those of you who have already done so.

NEU Leadership – School leaders and college managers within the NEU

The NEU leadership section ‘NEU Leadership’ will retain members in the Union as they progress into leadership and management roles in schools and colleges. NUT members in leadership posts and current AMiE members will transfer to the NEU leadership section on 1 January 2019. For NUT members this will mean an increase in their annual subscription. The Union will be contacting this group of members separately to inform them of this change. The Union’s subscription rates are available here.

Membership of NEU Leadership will apply to those who are:

·       Headteacher/Principal

·       Deputy Headteacher/Vice Principal

·       Head of Centre/School/College (Post 16)

·       Assistant Headteacher/Assistant Principal

·       CEO/Executive Head/Leader of MAT

·       Director/Assistant Director of Education

·       Business Manager/Bursar/FE Manager/FE Finance Manager

For details of the NEU leadership offer please read more here. [please log in before clicking on the link].


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
The John Roan School / Greenwich

(Transfer of employer)

Wednesday 7 November
Langdale Free School / Blackpool Wednesday 7 November

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Refugee Week 2019

Please include the following in your bulletins/newsletters to members/reps.

Has your school put Refugee Week into the calendar for 2018/19 yet? It takes place from 17-23 June next year and the NEU is once again the only education union supporting it. We are planning some exciting activities for schools to get involved in and resources they can use. More information to follow in the new year.

Blair Peach Award – 2019

Do you know a Union member who is making a positive difference to equality and diversity in their school or Union branch in your area? Why not nominate them for the prestigious Blair Peach Award? Download a nomination form here or email . The closing date for nominations is 18 December 2018.


Latest edition of Global Matters now available

The newest edition of Global Matters is now available on the NEU-NUT Section website. This edition includes stories about Cuba, Palestine, Iran and the US, as well as opportunities for you to take action in defence of human and trade union rights across the globe. Updates on the Send My Friend to School Campaign, communications, events and trainings are all included as well. Download the publication here.


Latin America 2018 – Adelante!

9.15-18.00, 1 December 2018
Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3LW

The Trump Presidency has overseen a worrying rise in US interventions in Latin America, with the blockade of Cuba being tightened, sanctions threatened on Nicaragua, and Trump pushing for military intervention in Venezuela. But the resurgent right-wing in Latin America is facing resistance, with the Left winning the Mexican election, and trade unionists and popular movements mobilising to defend social progress across the region. Come along to hear eyewitness accounts and get involved in standing up to Trump’s interventions in Latin America. Click here to register.


The week was dominated by the Chancellor’s Budget speech. His crass remarks about granting £400m to schools for “little extras” met with anger and ridicule, made worse the following day with his claim that it had been a “nice gesture” to do so. The NEU was quoted widely, including the Daily Mirror, Schools Week, Politics Home, Education Executive, Public Finance, LBC, Huffington Post, TES, the Times, Children & Young People Now, and the Guardian. Our full comment is here.

Too late for last week’s bulletin was Mary’s appearance on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, where she discussed bursaries. This was off the back of a story which showed the numbers of trainees who do not go on to teaching jobs. You can listen to the interview here for a week.

There was further reporting this week of the Raise the Rate campaign for sixth form funding (Education Executive), and we contributed to a TES story about behaviour management, as well as responding to the new IFS report which shows how the gap between rich and poor in education has shifted in recent years (Schools Week, the Independent, and Press Association – our full comment is here).

Mary’s latest blog for TES dealt with SEND issues. Please read and share.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary


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Latest NEU news : October 2018-with links to actions and further info.

October 26, 2018 | 18-032E



Parents, schools and councillors unite against SEND funding cuts

On Tuesday 23 October the School Cuts coalition delivered a petition signed by more than 34,000 people to the Department for Education (DfE), demanding more funding for children and young people with SEND in schools. The hand in was live streamed to supporters on Facebook Live and covered widely on social media and in the local press. Watch the live stream footage (skip to 22:00 mins to see the DfE send out an official to collect the petition).

We were joined on the day by more than 60 people, including representatives from the NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Unison, as well as a number of SEND parent groups and teacher activists. Several local councillors joined us at the event to highlight the pressure local authorities face through cuts to their local services for children with SEND, and marched with us under banners displaying the message “parents, schools and councillors united against the #SENDcrisis”.

Before the petition was delivered, School Cuts hosted a well-attended briefing where speakers from the unions addressed the crowd, including NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted, ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton, Unison head of education Jon Richards, and former NAHT president Anne Lyons, demanding a fair deal for our SEND children. We were also joined by Labour MPs Mike Kane, Emma Hardy and James Frith, as well as education spokesperson for the Green Party, Vix Lowthion, who gave rousing speeches about the importance of providing a good education for all.

The fight for fair SEND funding isn’t over now the petition has been delivered. With the early announcement of the budget on Monday, the NEU, NAHT and ASCL have jointly set six tests for the Chancellor that we hope the budget will pass.

Share the joint union six tests on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word and to hold the Chancellor to account.

We are encouraging supporters to email their MPs before the Budget on the 29 October, asking them to pledge to support the school cuts six tests for the Budget.  You can email your MP in less than 30 seconds.


Please find below details of forthcoming action*. You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
Abbey Primary Community School / Leicester

(Unacceptable Management Practises)

Wednesday 31 October

Thursday 1 November

Jenny Day

Assistant Association Secretary

* Details of strike dates are correct at the time of writing so will not include any details of suspended action received after that time.


Privatisation Update

This month’s Privatisation Update provides all the latest news on academies, free schools and privatisation. This month’s stories include:

  • The National Education Union has welcomed the Labour Party’s plans to reverse the free market reforms of education introduced under the Coalition and Conservative Governments.
  • Over two-thirds of the largest academy trusts have schools that use some form of isolation for their pupils – including for children aged just five and six.
  • 44 free school projects were cancelled before they even opened between 2013-14 and 2016-17, at a cost to the taxpayer of £8.7 million. They include two London primaries that were proposed by a trust founded by the health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy.

Forced academisation, an ‘abomination’, argues Warwick Mansell

In his latest blog, Warwick Mansell argues that forced academisation, which has cost huge sums of taxpayers’ money, rests on a non-existent evidence base and is triggered by snapshot Ofsted reports which do not seem robust enough to support the weight being placed on them. He concludes that forced academisation, “is an abomination. It needs to go”.

Local officers survey – role of retired members, Autumn Term 2018

In response to the Retired Teachers Motion passed at the NEU – NUT Section 2018 Annual Conference, we are asking local officers to please fill in our survey by 9am on Monday 5 November.

Your answers to the survey will help inform the NEU on the important contribution Retired Teachers make to our Union.”

Information on LA pay decisions

We are still seeking information on local authority advice to schools on the application of the teacher pay award – click here to supply new data or to update existing information. If providing an update, please put ‘UPDATE’ after your name.

Information on MAT pay decisions

We are also seeking information on pay decisions by multi-academy trusts. With the majority of teachers now employed by MATs it’s really important that we have this data. If you are the NEU negotiator for a MAT, please click here to enter the information. (You need not do so where there is an NEU staff negotiator for the MAT as they have already been asked to do this).

Tell the DfE your views on the new relationships and sex education (RSE) guidance

The Government is consulting on their new relationships and sex education guidance.  We need you to respond and tell the DfE your views. We are concerned that the current guidance is not strong enough and that children will miss out on vital information to stay safe. The NEU have written a blog and guidance for how to respond to the consultation.  Please let us know if you are intending to respond by emailing

Day of Action Against Disability Discrimination – Wednesday 21 November 2018

There are over 2 million students with disabilities attending nursery, school, colleges and universities in England and at least 150,000 Disabled Education Staff (15%). The promise of the Equality Act to promote disability equality and protect from disability discrimination, provide reasonable adjustments and access are increasingly being ignored throughout the education system. More information and how staff, student and parents can contribute is available here.

NUT section merchandise shop

Please note that the merchandise shop will close from 31 October 2018 to allow for the launch of the NEU merchandise shop in January 2019. Prior to 31 October, you can order merchandise here.

NEU representative of the year and NEU officer of the year

Nominations are now open for the 2018/19 awards, which recognise the contributions made by NEU representatives and local officers, especially over the last 12 months, and help identify and share good practice. The awards are open to NEU reps and officers (NEU, ATL, and NUT) and members from every part of the union can nominate. The online nomination form can be completed here. The closing date for nominations is 7 December 2018.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Blair Peach Award

Do you know a Union member who is making a positive difference to equality and diversity in their school or Union branch in your area? Why not nominate them for the prestigious Blair Peach Award?

The Blair Peach Award is given to an NEU member who has made an exemplary contribution to their school or Union branch’s work in any area of equality and diversity. The award is named after Blair Peach, past president of East London NUT, who was murdered during an anti-racist demonstration in London in April 1979.

How do I nominate someone?

Click here or email for a nomination form and return it by the closing date of 18th December 2018.  The award will be presented at the NEU Annual Conference 2019.


Job references and data protection

There has been an important and unhelpful change to the rights of data subjects and job references.

The previous Data Protection Act 1998 entitled a referee to refuse disclosure but did not extend that entitlement to the recipient. Unhelpfully, however, the Data Protection Act 2018 provides an exemption from disclosure of confidential references for both the employer supplying the reference and the prospective employer receiving it.

Therefore, both employers may refuse a disclosure request. We should continue to advise members seeking the disclosure of their job references to make a subject access request either to the referee or to the recipient, or to both. However, they should be warned that neither are obliged to acquiesce. Furthermore, where an access request is denied, members should be advised to ask (in writing) for the reasons why their request was denied. A complaint may be made to the ICO if no response is forthcoming, or the response implies the employer is operating a blanket policy.

It is good practice to share the content of references with employees before sending them. If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to negotiate this good practice with employers in your area. In the meantime, the NEU guidance on references is being updated on the legacy website to reflect this unhelpful change in the law


Nominations open for Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which recognises members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity. Members from both the ATL and NUT Section are eligible for the Award and the deadline for submissions is 18 Dec 2018. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

Union joins call to protect education in Palestine

The Joint General Secretaries joined other education unions and Friends of Birzeit University (FOBZU) in calling on the UK Government to stand up for higher education in Palestine. The letter urges the Government to step up protection for the right to education in the oPt following a crackdown on freedom of movement for educators. Read the letter here.

Unicef UK’s OutRight Project

Unicef UK is calling all teachers to join OutRight and empower children and young people to stand up for their right to health and to live in a clean environment. The free resource packs will allow your students to learn about air pollution while having fun campaigning to make a difference. Sign up here.


New speakers confirmed – Reclaiming Education Annual Conference

Saturday 10 November, 10:30am to 3:30pm

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

In addition to Diane Reay, Professor of Education at Cambridge University and myself, the following speakers have been confirmed:

Madeline Holt, Rescue our Schools

John Hayes, Camden Headteacher

Jayne Grant, former Deputy Head Inclusion

Emma Murray, Haringey Headteacher

Richard Reiser, Inclusion Campaigner

Book your place here.

NEU-NUT Section International Solidarity Conference

Saturday 24 November 2018, 11:00-16:00

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

Unite with international solidarity activists from across the Union and learn more about how you can make a difference for teachers, education for all, and human rights across the globe. With workshops around the Union’s four key pillars of international solidarity, opportunities for regional and national networking, and speakers from across the Union, this is your chance to connect for change. Click here to register.

Sex Education Forum Conference: Countdown to statutory RSE

Friday 30 November, 9:30 – 16:30

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH

To support schools with the changes to RSE in England we are sponsoring the Sex Education Forum’s Conference which will give guidance on  the new legislation and advice on how to build an inclusive and up-to-date RSE programme. Mary Bousted is a keynote speaker. You can find out more and book your tickets here.


On Tuesday, Mary appeared on 5Live Breakfast to discuss the latest report from the Women and Equalities Committee on sexual harassment in public places. Listen from 5:15 here. Mary also did the rounds of BBC Local Radio afternoon shows, 13 in total, on the same subject.

In the afternoon our SEND petition – signed by 34,000 people as part of the School Cuts campaign – was delivered to the Department for Education (see Campaigns section). It was strongly picked up in the press, not just by the Daily Mail, TES and Morning Star but also 300 local reports thanks to the Press Association.

Also this week the OECD published its Equity in Education report, focusing on barriers to social mobility. We were quoted in Nursery World, Morning Star, Schools Week and TES.

Elsewhere we commented on the pass rate for chartered teacher status in Schools Week, an increase in school absences for Press Association, the numbers of teacher trainees on bursaries who do not then teach in state schools (The Times £), prosecutions against the owners of an illegal school in West London for the I and MSN News, and mental health amongst NQTS for the Independent. Ros McNeil also contributed to a Guardian report on SEND exclusions.

And finally we are proud to have signed up to two calls for funding ahead of the Budget. The first was led by the National Children’s Bureau, who brought 120 organisations together in the name of children’s services (Morning Star, Children and Young People Now), and this was followed on Thursday by the Raise the Rate campaign for sixth form education funding. Read about that here and here and please show your support on social media.

We will also be making additional statements ahead of the Budget over the course of this weekend.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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NEU update : 19th October 2018: All the latest news !


October 19, 2018 | 18-031E




Conference Delegates

Letters were sent to Associations advising them of the number of delegates they are entitled to send to Conference 2019. In the interests of enabling member engagement and in line with previous practice in some associations, you should allow for delegates to be elected either at a quorate general meeting or by a ballot of the membership as long as all members were clearly given the opportunity to be nominated and have an understanding of the process for election.

From 1 January 2019 Associations will no longer exist and cannot conduct business of any kind. It is essential therefore that Conference delegations are decided before 31 December 2018, even though the deadline for informing Head Office is 15 February 2019. It will not be possible to elect Association delegates next year.

Priority Voting arrangements

Some Districts will not have had NEU AGMs by the deadline for priority voting (31 January 2019).  In the first year the quorum should be agreed at the first general meeting along with the decision on officer posts. The JEC will accept rules from districts with quorum based on decisions at quorate general meetings. In the absence of a quorum decided by the districts it should be the minimum set by the JEC so 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 depending on the size of membership in the district. So, the agreed quorums for NEU Districts will be accepted for Priority Voting.



We are putting the Government on notice – fund our schools

You will know that the Union is stepping up its campaign on school funding in the run-up to the autumn budget.

The latest pay settlement from the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) has not been fully funded, leaving our schools having to find the shortfall from ever-decreasing budgets.

We cannot allow schools to continue to be critically under-funded and this is why we and our School Cuts partners have set six tests before the 29 October budget. If the Chancellor fails these tests, the NEU will be left with no choice but to launch an indicative ballot of members in state funded schools in England to step up our action.

This will not be like previous ballots. Heads across the country – including our own leadership members – are trying to manage the impossible: delivering the best education for children with ever-decreasing funds.

This is why we are working with other sister leadership unions ASCL and NAHT in the “Hands up for Education” campaign.

We hope this joint working will mean all unions ask a question about willingness of members to take industrial action in supporting the campaign to urgently fund our schools, but we must be clear this is not guaranteed.


Indicative action ballot timetable and information for you as officers

This indicative action ballot is an exciting and vital chance for us to strengthen our union. Here is a provisional timetable:

·         Ballot opens: Early November – Post Budget

This will be an electronic email for most of our members. Those without a valid email address will get postal ballots.

·         Regional/Wales meetings for division and district officers: 29 October – 12 November

Your region/Wales will be inviting you to a divisional secretaries’ meeting, where we will discuss the campaign and how we can build for the best possible ballot turnout.

At the meeting you will receive a pack to help you organise briefings for your reps and information and training on the “peer to peer” texting system (see below).

·         District/Division meetings of reps about the ballot: 12 November – 19 November

Along with their ATL counterparts, we would like divisions to organise a reps briefing and bring together as many reps and active members as possible to talk about the ballot.

You will be able to give reps membership lists for their schools, discuss activity which will help increase ballot turnout and equip them to undertake meetings in the workplace.

·         Workplace meetings: 12 November – end of the ballot

We hope as many reps and active members will hold meetings throughout ballot period as possible, encouraging people to vote and ensuring we reach the thresholds for action (if it were a formal ballot).

In schools without reps, division and district officers, supported by staff, will try to organise meetings.

·         Close of ballot: Week beginning 14 January 2019

What resources will you have?

1.           Membership information for ALL members

You should have been sent access to a OneDrive folder via your email address. This will contain membership information alongside rep names and details and volunteers’ information – people who want to be involved in campaigning.

This will be updated twice a week and include turnout by school during the ballot period to help plan your activities.

2.           “Peer to peer “Relay service

If you attend your regional meeting, you will be trained on how to use this texting system. Organising staff will help you during the ballot process to utilise this technology.

3.           Briefing materials and copies of guidance that goes into schools

We will ensure you receive copies of what is sent into schools and members in advance.

4.           Updates from me and Mary

During the ballot period, we hope to video call you to hear about how the ballot is going and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary


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NEU Latest News: 12th October 2018-with updates.

October 12, 2018 | 18-030E



Ahead of the Budget on 29 October, the NEU has released a joint video with ASCL and NAHT to tell the Government that enough is enough. The video encourages school groups to write to their MPs before the Budget about the school funding crisis. It also condemns the Government’s invidious decision to ignore the recommendations of the independent review body on teachers’ pay. The video has already been viewed more than 350,000 times and the model letter to MPs has been downloaded 2,000 times.

Please help us get the message to the Government by:

  • sharing the video on social media.
  • ringing school reps in each parliamentary constituency you cover to ensure each MP receives at least three such letters, signed by school staffs.
  • asking reps to send you pictures of the signed letters so you can share them on social media to encourage more schools to do the same.
  • also asking sympathetic MPs to publicise their letter to Damian Hinds in response.


Nikki Simpson Award for Learning 2019
Division and associations are invited to submit nominations for the Nikki Simpson Award for Learning. The award will be presented to an NEU union learning rep (ULR) or team of members who will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Used learning as an organising tool to recruit more members and engaged members in the work of the Union
  • Supported members and helped them to overcome barriers to learning
  • Negotiated with employers to increase learning opportunities for all education staff

The Nikki Simpson Award commemorates the passion for union learning embodied by a late colleague who passed away whilst working as Learning and Development Organiser for the ATL in 2017. Nikki worked tirelessly alongside local officers brokering learning opportunities for hundreds of members and developing a network of union learning reps. This award commemorates the transformational impact of union learning both on members and union organisation.

Division and associations can nominate a ULR or team of members by completing the nomination form and emailing it to Nominations close on 18 December 2018.

Advice for schools – EpiPen shortage
The Department for Education has advised that there is a shortage of EpiPen and EpiPen Junior, which is likely to continue for the rest of the year. It has advised that this will lead to some pupils using different adrenaline auto-injectors or carrying fewer devices than they normally do. If pupils normally require access to two devices while at school, the DfE advises that during the shortage, one personal device could be left at school, if the school holds a back-up (non-personal) device. Should a case of anaphylaxis occur and two devices be required the personal device should be administered immediately, and the non-personal device can be administered after 5 minutes if the pupil does not improve while emergency care is on route.

Please read the DfE advice and circulate to members and schools in your area.


Human Rights abuses of children and families in the USA
Mary Bousted and I have written to His Excellency Mr Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva regarding the human rights abuses of children and families seeking asylum in the United States. We have called on the Ambassador to hold President Trump’s administration to account and protect the rights and futures of these families. Read the letter here.

Play for Cuba and CSC Affiliation
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Music Fund for Cuba, and the NEU-NUT Section are collecting instruments to support music education in Cuba. Music is hugely important in Cuba, but the US blockade has limited the availability of instruments and resources. You can help by donating new and used instruments to the appeal. Find out more here. You are also encouraged to affiliate, both individually and as a division/association, to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Please affiliate online here or contact Ollie Hopkins for details.

International Visitors to Hamilton House
This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming social solidarity activists from Greece to Hamilton House, organised through the Greece Solidarity Campaign. The delegation spoke of their work with solidarity schools and clinics, focused on supporting education and opportunities for all. The Union also welcomed Chief Mandla Mandela, member of the South Africa Parliament and grandson of Nelson Mandela, who spoke about South Africa’s support for the Palestinian people. Chief Mandela is on a delegation organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a full report of his visit can be read here.


Oppose the Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance in London tomorrow (13 October)
Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) have organised a demonstration in London to oppose a demo organised by the racist ‘Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).

SUTR will be assembling at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, at 1pm. We know that members will wish to join this demonstration and we would encourage them to do so in groups – members do need to be aware that the DFLA tactics can be, frankly, thuggish and it would be irresponsible if we did not prepare members for this.

Further information can be found here and on the event Facebook group.


A new report, released on Sunday by the Education Policy Institute, showed that referrals to CAMHS have jumped by 26% in five years. Read my full comment here, which was quoted by the Morning Star, Metro, Northern Echo, Press Association and TES.

In other news, we commented on UTCs in TES, FE Week and the Independent, and we were quoted widely by Press Association (40+ regional titles) as part of a data story inspired by the recent Government stats on phonics. Criticism of the DfE’s own misuse of stats continued this week, with our comment featuring in this TES story. Mary also commented on yet more money being squandered on failed free school projects (Schools Week), and uses of money by Schools Company Trust (also Schools Week).

A major speech from Amanda Spielman this week set out a new focus for school inspections. Our press release is here and this was quoted by the Independent and Education Executive.

Mary debated the future of Ofsted with Steve Mastin of the Conservative Education Society, in the most recent issue of Schools Week. You can read it online here. Mary’s blog for our website marking World Mental Health Day was also picked up by the TES, and her guest column for the Morning Star, ahead of the Budget, appeared yesterday.

The TES reported this week on the aforementioned joint NEU/NAHT/ASCL video here.

A joint letter on fracking, signed by me, was published by the Independent. On a related theme, the NUT-section Executive passed a motion at the weekend opposing Ineos’ sponsorship of The Daily Mile, and I commented on this for a BBC story yesterday.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary


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Surrey NEU Equalities Report 1st October 2018

Equalities Report October 2018

Sir Edward Britton Award

This year we have had an application from Mrs. Sam Bunce who is studying a course entitled “Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs” run by Real Training and underwritten by the University of Middlesex. This is a research project looking at historical and current theories about the links between the items. Sam has taken on a new role as SENCO at her new school. Her course fees are £1,530.00.

Sir Edward began his teaching career in Guildford in 1933 and was secretary of Guildford NUT Teachers’ Association from 1938-1952. He was a member of the NUT Executive 1948-1960 and General Secretary 1970-1975. He continued his academic career as Senior Research Fellow, Education at Sheffield University 1975-79 and Lecturer at Christ Church College Canterbury 1979-1986 while continuing to serve on various professional bodies and committees and as an education advisor to the Government. He was awarded the CBE in 1967 for services to Education and was knighted in 1975. He continued his interest in Surrey NUT and celebrated his 90th birthday with NUT friends and colleagues in Guildford in 1999. He died in January 2005 and his memorial service was held at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford.

Since 2007 the Division has been able to give a bursary of £500 to a serving NUT Surrey teacher to help with expenses incurred while studying. The funds for the bursary were obtained from the sale of Sir Edward’s regalia which he left to the Surrey NUT on his death in 2005 and was purchased by the headquarters of the NUT.   I thought I would write a brief history for our members.

“It’s just everywhere” A study on sexism in schools – and how to tackle it.

I have ordered and put into envelopes copies of this important and relevant report produced by NEU and UK FEMINISTA covering Sexual harassment, Sexist language, Sexist stereotypes and behaviour, Reporting and responding to sexism, Action to tackle sexism and most importantly the recommendations on pages 24 and 25.If everyone can take 6-10 envelopes to deliver to their local secondary schools it would help to publicise the research and encourage schools to adopt a ‘whole school approach to tackling sexism. Please write the names of the schools that you can deliver the report to on a list to be circulated. A personal note to the school rep would be helpful but not essential.

Menin Gate Ceremony, 12 September, 2018

Standing with the children of Grange Primary School and St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary, both from Preston. I was impressed by their solemn behaviour, vitality, and the wreath of crocheted poppies that the children’s parents had made so have included this pic of their teachers – NEU members – in my report. Anne Leech, 1st October, 2018.

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Latest NEU news: 28th September 2018


September 28, 2018 | 18-028E



Pay and funding

Earlier today, in an unprecedented protest, over 1,000 head teachers including NEU leadership members from across the country marched to Downing Street to call for more funding for schools. Our schools are in crisis because of lack of cash and as a profession we must continue to highlight this.

In the run-up to the Budget – on October 29 – it is vital that we continue to apply pressure. Please ask your MP to #AskDamian to fully-fund and fully-implement the teacher pay rise and to fund schools properly. Please encourage members in your area to do the same.

In the meantime it is important that all teachers get the pay rise the Government announced nationally: 3.5% for main scale, 2% for upper pay scale, 1.5% for leadership scale. In the next few days we will be sending out joint union guidance to reps outlining what they should get and giving them advice on speaking to their head teacher. This advice – jointly with ASCL, NAHT, UCAC and Voice – will also be sent to all head teachers and chairs of governors early next week, and will also be available on our website.

Primary Assessment

Over the last ten days, the Liberal Democrats have reaffirmed their commitment to getting rid of baseline and SATs, and the Scottish Parliament has voted against P1 testing – a Scottish equivalent of baseline. I have blogged about this in the TES.

On 27th September, the DfE released the results of the 2017/18 phonic check on Year 1 pupils, and Nick Gibb made his usual claims about synthetic phonics as a key factor in the improvement of pupils’ reading. In response, campaign group More than a Score has publicised Margaret Clark’s up-to-the-minute research on the impact of synthetic phonics in the classroom. The research showed that most heads and teachers believe the test is nonsense and gives them no useful information about pupils, while two-thirds of parents think the test should be scrapped.

MTAS also released a social media animation this week, highlighting the problems with the test. The focus on phonics is the first stage of MTAS’s 2018/19 campaign on assessment. Please sign up to support MTAS if you haven’t already done so.


SRTRC – Wear Red Day – 19 October 2018

Please let your members know about this year’s Show Racism the Red Card Wear Red Day which is taking place on 19 October. Schools are being asked to Wear Red for the day to raise awareness of anti-racist education for young people. Schools can get more information here. Send any local photos you have of members ‘wearing red’ on the day to

Is Ofsted now just a vehicle for an ideological, or even commercial, agenda?

An important investigation by Warwick Mansell looks at Ofsted’s research activity and asks whether the supposedly independent inspection body is being used to promote a particular approach to curriculum. The blog scrutinises the background to Ofsted’s latest “commentary” on the curriculum, revealing that the research effort focused on just a small group of schools, some with already strong links to Government ministers and which are pushing their own ideologically driven approaches to the curriculum. Please read and share widely.

Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019

A reminder that NEU members are invited to make nominations for the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award 2019, which recognises the contribution of an individual outside the Union. The criterion for the award states:

“The award should be made to a person outside the union who has campaigned tirelessly on a national or local level on educational issues which are broadly in support of the NEU’s ethos and approach and accord with the example and commitment shown by Fred and Anne Jarvis.

Nominations must be submitted on the form available on the website by 5pm on 21 December 2018. Further details are available here.

Blair Peach Award – 2019

Do you know a Union member who is making a positive difference to equality and diversity in their school or Union branch in your area? Why not nominate them for the prestigious Blair Peach Award?

The Award is given to an NEU member who has made an exemplary contribution to their school or Union branch’s work in any area of equality and diversity. The award is named after Blair Peach, past president of East London NUT, who was murdered during an anti-racist demonstration in London in April 1979. Download a nomination form here or email . The closing date for nominations is 18 December 2018.

Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which gives recognition to members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity.

The Award aims to recognise the international solidarity work of members and International Solidarity Officers; acknowledge and celebrate existing good practice in international solidarity; support and share international solidarity work; encourage innovation and new developments in international solidarity in schools and in Union activity; and showcase ways in which teachers use the curriculum to promote and encourage pupils to be involved in international solidarity.

The deadline for submissions is 18 December 2018. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.


Resources and opportunities available from the British Rohingya Community

The British Rohingya Community (BRC), members of which spoke powerfully to Conference this year, have offered NEU-NUT Section divisions, associations and regions the opportunity to have a speaker from the BRC attend a local NEU-NUT Section meeting. In addition, the BRC has prepared a mobile photographic exhibition about the situation in Myanmar which members, divisions, associations, regions and schools are invited to display. Please contact the BRC at for more information.


Musicians’ Union Teachers’ CPD Weekend, 27 – 28 October 2018

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

This biennial event gives musicians who teach the opportunity to meet other music education specialists, teachers and practitioners to share skills and practice. Debates, workshops and valuable 1-1 surgeries complete the itinerary, along with music-making and networking with colleagues working in music education from across the UK. Recipient of the 2017 Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, Nitin Sawhney will be presenting the keynote address. For full details of the event and to apply for tickets go here.

March against Far Right – 17 November

The NEU is backing the anti-racist demonstration called by Stand Up to Racism to counter the growth of far right forces in Britain and send a positive message of unity. An emergency motion at TUC Congress was passed unanimously backing the demonstration. Please help build support for the demonstration and support on social media.

International Solidarity Learning and Development Course, 7 – 9 December 2018

Location TBC

This course is for NEU members to enhance their teaching and learning practice on global issues as well as develop their campaigning and organising skills for international solidarity. By the end of the course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to carry out the role of the International Solidarity Officer; enhanced their knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning about the key concepts of Global Citizenship; gained strategies for tackling controversial issues; evaluated activities that encourage action for change through collaborative classroom teaching strategies; and begun to plan and organise international solidarity projects for their school, local association or division. Click here to register.


On Sunday I spoke to Schools Week about why schools need urgent clarity on the work restrictions for teachers from Europe working in Britain post-Brexit.

Monday saw a Daily Mirror report on ‘cutprice education’, and the use of unqualified staff as cover supervisors. The NEU was quoted warning that “unqualified staff affect children’s education”.

Angela Rayner spoke at the Labour Party Conference on Monday, setting out plans to end academies and free schools, and ensure free education for all. These were welcomed by the NEU. Mary was quoted in the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Independent, ITV News, and her quote widely used in some 150 local papers via Press Association.

This was followed by Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge on Wednesday to extend free childcare. We welcomed the plan “not only to increase the quantity of Early Years provision but also its quality,” which was again quoted widely via Press Association as well as in the Daily Mail, Metro and ITV News.

Today saw a march of over 1000 head teachers on Downing Street, organised by the Worth Less? campaign to protest inadequate school funding. Robin Bevan of NEU took part in a discussion of the issues on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show. Watch the roundtable from 0:16:35 here.

And finally please read my blog for TES, published Monday, which noted that politicians are at last starting to grasp the dangers of high-stakes testing.

Yours sincerely

Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary

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