NEU News Update: 22nd June 2018

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NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

Election of Officers – Treasurer and Membership & Equality Officer: 2019–2020 – all member

Election of National Disciplinary and National Appeals Committee: 2019–2023 – for members in Districts 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16.
Ballot papers are being mailed out to members eligible to vote from 20 June 2018.
Please advise members that if they have not received a ballot paper by Thursday 28 June 2018 to call the election hotline on 020 7380 4825.

Deadline for return of ballot papers to the Independent Scrutineer, ERS is midday on Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

Hardship and Other Funds

As part of the amalgamation accounting procedures for Local Associations at the end of August last year we have identified that the Union should have asked each association to provide details of any additional funds they hold such as Hardships Funds.

Please can you therefore provide details to finance.branchaccounts@nut.org.uk (or confirm that your association holds no such funds) of any funds/assets held by your association that are not included in the reported association balance sheet at 31 August 2018. When you provide these details, please can you also provide a bank statement (or equivalent) at or around the 31 August to confirm the sum held.

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.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

NEU campaigns booklet
You will shortly be receiving a copy of our new campaigns booklet, which has also been sent into schools. This concise publication gives an overview of the NEU’s four main strategic campaigns in England – funding, workload, assessment and pay – and also the picture in Wales. Crucially, it also includes information about how members can get involved and support our campaigns and our overarching aim: to shape the future of education. If you would like further information on campaigns or copies of the booklet to give out in your local area please get in touch.

SEND funding
As reported in last week’s Ebulletin, this week 39 local councils – supported by the NEU and School Cuts coalition partners – wrote to Damian Hinds to demand more money to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The publication of the letter received a great deal of attention from local and national media and also parents and other groups campaigning on this important issue.

As 91% of schools continue to face billions in budget cuts, the Government is failing to provide the funding necessary for schools and local councils to give children with the most complex needs adequate support. This is a scandal and it is vital that we take action to pressure politicians to allocate more cash for SEND.

This weekend the School Cuts campaign will launch a petition to support calls for local authorities and schools to have sufficient funds and resources to guarantee all pupils with SEND have access to education. Please do all you can to share this and encourage as many people as possible to sign it.

ACTION

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

Action Date Contact

Springfield Primary School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

Hall Green Infant & Nursery School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

The John Roan School/Greenwich (Transfer of Employer)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June

Tim Woodcock Tim.Woodcock@neu.org.uk

Connaught School for Girls (Pay)

Wednesday 27 June

Steve.White@neu.org.uk

Baxter College/Worcestershire (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June

Sean.McCauley@neu.org.uk

Langdon Park/Tower Hamlets (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

Alex.Kenny@neu.org.uk

East Sussex Schools Bourne Primary Central CE Academy Hailsham Community College Pashley Down Infant Ocklynge Junior Cavendish Ratton

Wednesday 27 June

Phil.Clarke@neu.org.uk

NOTICEBOARD

School Direct placements data 2018-19
Division and Association secretaries in England should by now have received, via their @neu.org.uk email addresses, the UCAS vacancy information for their area. Please look through the guidance which came out with this and please coordinate activity with regional staff and your ATL section counterparts; who have also been sent relevant information. Please make sure that any data is only forwarded to @neu.org.uk email accounts. If you are a Division or Association secretary and have not received data to your official union email account then please contact recruit@neu.org.uk

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

NQT and establishment lists
As we predicted prior to the enactment of the Data Protection Act 2018, a number of associations have been denied NQT and establishment lists on the basis that disclosure would breach the new legislation. This is not an accurate statement of the law. Nothing in the Data Protection Act or GDPR precludes MATs, governing bodies and local authorities from providing the Union with a list of the names, roles and schools of their existing workforce. A model letter has been produced to assist associations seeking disclosure of what is, in any event, an agreed arrangement in the Burgundy Book (Appendix 111, section 7(b) and (c)). Divisions and Associations are advised to seek the incorporation of the Burgundy Book provisions into local agreements if they have not done so already.

INTERNATIONAL

Keep up the Refugee Week Momentum – Support Care4Calais
The organisation Care4Calais provides essential aid and support to refugees in Northern France and other areas. They work directly with refugees to make sure they get the social interaction, warm meals, clothes and other necessities that they deserve. Right now, Care4Calais needs your, and your Division or Association’s, help to put together packs with daily essentials that refugees can carry with them. Find out more about the organisation and the appeal here.

Prevent Period Poverty in The Gambia
The cost of sanitary towels and tampons in The Gambia, together with the lack of school facilities for hygienic disposal of used items, means that many girls will miss school during ‘that time of the month’. It is estimated that girls in The Gambia without access to sanitary products will miss 48 days of schooling every year. The Steve Sinnott Foundation is fundraising to help level the playing field by teaching girls and teachers how to make safe, re-usable pads using locally sourced materials. Click here to find out how you can support the appeal.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Traditions of Liberation Education, Thursday 5 July
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Join Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu) and UCU in a discussion on decolonising education and the Palestinian revolution. Professor Karma Nabulsi of Oxford University will be the key speaker, and the session will be chaired by Professor Hugh Starkey of the Institute of Education (UCL). The event is part of the Education, Occupation & Liberation programme marking Fobzu’s 40th anniversary. Click here to register for this free event.

IN THE NEWS

Plans for a “low cost” “no frills” private school in Durham gained national attention this week when Radio 4’s You and Yours ran a report. Live in the studio, opposite school backer James Tooley, I cast considerable doubt on whether quality education could be delivered at £52 per pupil per week. Listen here.

A letter on Monday, signed by 39 local authorities and the School Cuts Coalition, called for Damian Hinds to address the dangerous underfunding of SEND support. It was reported in the Independent and Schools Week and Sec-Ed.

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about mobile phones being a ‘distraction’ in schools, inevitably picked up press interest. Mary was quoted in the Daily Mail and Press Association.

Huffington Post and The Times carried the story that hundreds of school are posting ‘wish lists’ on Amazon asking for donations from parents in desperate bids to fund essentials like pens, pencils and glue sticks. Items that should normally be affordable through everyday budgets.

Schools Week reported that 23 studio schools have closed at a current cost of £23 million. The NEU was quoted saying this is a failed experiment, the blame for which lies fairly and squarely with Government.

One of the main findings of a EPI report out on Wednesday stated that failing MATs should be taken over by Local Authorities. Read our press release here and reports from Schools Week, the Independent and Education Executive with my quotes.

Finally, the Guardian has published a joint letter calling on the British Government to withdraw its support for the war in Yemen. I was one of its signatories.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary

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NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

Election of Officers – Treasurer and Membership & Equality Officer: 2019–2020 – all member

Election of National Disciplinary and National Appeals Committee: 2019–2023 – for members in Districts 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16.
Ballot papers are being mailed out to members eligible to vote from 20 June 2018.
Please advise members that if they have not received a ballot paper by Thursday 28 June 2018 to call the election hotline on 020 7380 4825.

Deadline for return of ballot papers to the Independent Scrutineer, ERS is midday on Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

Hardship and Other Funds

As part of the amalgamation accounting procedures for Local Associations at the end of August last year we have identified that the Union should have asked each association to provide details of any additional funds they hold such as Hardships Funds.

Please can you therefore provide details to finance.branchaccounts@nut.org.uk (or confirm that your association holds no such funds) of any funds/assets held by your association that are not included in the reported association balance sheet at 31 August 2018. When you provide these details, please can you also provide a bank statement (or equivalent) at or around the 31 August to confirm the sum held.

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.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

NEU campaigns booklet
You will shortly be receiving a copy of our new campaigns booklet, which has also been sent into schools. This concise publication gives an overview of the NEU’s four main strategic campaigns in England – funding, workload, assessment and pay – and also the picture in Wales. Crucially, it also includes information about how members can get involved and support our campaigns and our overarching aim: to shape the future of education. If you would like further information on campaigns or copies of the booklet to give out in your local area please get in touch.

SEND funding
As reported in last week’s Ebulletin, this week 39 local councils – supported by the NEU and School Cuts coalition partners – wrote to Damian Hinds to demand more money to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The publication of the letter received a great deal of attention from local and national media and also parents and other groups campaigning on this important issue.

As 91% of schools continue to face billions in budget cuts, the Government is failing to provide the funding necessary for schools and local councils to give children with the most complex needs adequate support. This is a scandal and it is vital that we take action to pressure politicians to allocate more cash for SEND.

This weekend the School Cuts campaign will launch a petition to support calls for local authorities and schools to have sufficient funds and resources to guarantee all pupils with SEND have access to education. Please do all you can to share this and encourage as many people as possible to sign it.

ACTION

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

Action Date Contact

Springfield Primary School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

Hall Green Infant & Nursery School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

The John Roan School/Greenwich (Transfer of Employer)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June

Tim Woodcock Tim.Woodcock@neu.org.uk

Connaught School for Girls (Pay)

Wednesday 27 June

Steve.White@neu.org.uk

Baxter College/Worcestershire (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June

Sean.McCauley@neu.org.uk

Langdon Park/Tower Hamlets (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

Alex.Kenny@neu.org.uk

East Sussex Schools Bourne Primary Central CE Academy Hailsham Community College Pashley Down Infant Ocklynge Junior Cavendish Ratton

Wednesday 27 June

Phil.Clarke@neu.org.uk

NOTICEBOARD

School Direct placements data 2018-19
Division and Association secretaries in England should by now have received, via their @neu.org.uk email addresses, the UCAS vacancy information for their area. Please look through the guidance which came out with this and please coordinate activity with regional staff and your ATL section counterparts; who have also been sent relevant information. Please make sure that any data is only forwarded to @neu.org.uk email accounts. If you are a Division or Association secretary and have not received data to your official union email account then please contact recruit@neu.org.uk

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

NQT and establishment lists
As we predicted prior to the enactment of the Data Protection Act 2018, a number of associations have been denied NQT and establishment lists on the basis that disclosure would breach the new legislation. This is not an accurate statement of the law. Nothing in the Data Protection Act or GDPR precludes MATs, governing bodies and local authorities from providing the Union with a list of the names, roles and schools of their existing workforce. A model letter has been produced to assist associations seeking disclosure of what is, in any event, an agreed arrangement in the Burgundy Book (Appendix 111, section 7(b) and (c)). Divisions and Associations are advised to seek the incorporation of the Burgundy Book provisions into local agreements if they have not done so already.

INTERNATIONAL

Keep up the Refugee Week Momentum – Support Care4Calais
The organisation Care4Calais provides essential aid and support to refugees in Northern France and other areas. They work directly with refugees to make sure they get the social interaction, warm meals, clothes and other necessities that they deserve. Right now, Care4Calais needs your, and your Division or Association’s, help to put together packs with daily essentials that refugees can carry with them. Find out more about the organisation and the appeal here.

Prevent Period Poverty in The Gambia
The cost of sanitary towels and tampons in The Gambia, together with the lack of school facilities for hygienic disposal of used items, means that many girls will miss school during ‘that time of the month’. It is estimated that girls in The Gambia without access to sanitary products will miss 48 days of schooling every year. The Steve Sinnott Foundation is fundraising to help level the playing field by teaching girls and teachers how to make safe, re-usable pads using locally sourced materials. Click here to find out how you can support the appeal.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Traditions of Liberation Education, Thursday 5 July
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Join Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu) and UCU in a discussion on decolonising education and the Palestinian revolution. Professor Karma Nabulsi of Oxford University will be the key speaker, and the session will be chaired by Professor Hugh Starkey of the Institute of Education (UCL). The event is part of the Education, Occupation & Liberation programme marking Fobzu’s 40th anniversary. Click here to register for this free event.

IN THE NEWS

Plans for a “low cost” “no frills” private school in Durham gained national attention this week when Radio 4’s You and Yours ran a report. Live in the studio, opposite school backer James Tooley, I cast considerable doubt on whether quality education could be delivered at £52 per pupil per week. Listen here.

A letter on Monday, signed by 39 local authorities and the School Cuts Coalition, called for Damian Hinds to address the dangerous underfunding of SEND support. It was reported in the Independent and Schools Week and Sec-Ed.

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about mobile phones being a ‘distraction’ in schools, inevitably picked up press interest. Mary was quoted in the Daily Mail and Press Association.

Huffington Post and The Times carried the story that hundreds of school are posting ‘wish lists’ on Amazon asking for donations from parents in desperate bids to fund essentials like pens, pencils and glue sticks. Items that should normally be affordable through everyday budgets.

Schools Week reported that 23 studio schools have closed at a current cost of £23 million. The NEU was quoted saying this is a failed experiment, the blame for which lies fairly and squarely with Government.

One of the main findings of a EPI report

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NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION | CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | ACTION | NOTICEBOARD | ADVICE & GUIDANCE | INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY| IN THE NEWS

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

Election of Officers – Treasurer and Membership & Equality Officer: 2019–2020 – all member

Election of National Disciplinary and National Appeals Committee: 2019–2023 – for members in Districts 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16.
Ballot papers are being mailed out to members eligible to vote from 20 June 2018.
Please advise members that if they have not received a ballot paper by Thursday 28 June 2018 to call the election hotline on 020 7380 4825.

Deadline for return of ballot papers to the Independent Scrutineer, ERS is midday on Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

Hardship and Other Funds

As part of the amalgamation accounting procedures for Local Associations at the end of August last year we have identified that the Union should have asked each association to provide details of any additional funds they hold such as Hardships Funds.

Please can you therefore provide details to finance.branchaccounts@nut.org.uk (or confirm that your association holds no such funds) of any funds/assets held by your association that are not included in the reported association balance sheet at 31 August 2018. When you provide these details, please can you also provide a bank statement (or equivalent) at or around the 31 August to confirm the sum held.

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.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

NEU campaigns booklet
You will shortly be receiving a copy of our new campaigns booklet, which has also been sent into schools. This concise publication gives an overview of the NEU’s four main strategic campaigns in England – funding, workload, assessment and pay – and also the picture in Wales. Crucially, it also includes information about how members can get involved and support our campaigns and our overarching aim: to shape the future of education. If you would like further information on campaigns or copies of the booklet to give out in your local area please get in touch.

SEND funding
As reported in last week’s Ebulletin, this week 39 local councils – supported by the NEU and School Cuts coalition partners – wrote to Damian Hinds to demand more money to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The publication of the letter received a great deal of attention from local and national media and also parents and other groups campaigning on this important issue.

As 91% of schools continue to face billions in budget cuts, the Government is failing to provide the funding necessary for schools and local councils to give children with the most complex needs adequate support. This is a scandal and it is vital that we take action to pressure politicians to allocate more cash for SEND.

This weekend the School Cuts campaign will launch a petition to support calls for local authorities and schools to have sufficient funds and resources to guarantee all pupils with SEND have access to education. Please do all you can to share this and encourage as many people as possible to sign it.

ACTION

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

Action Date Contact

Springfield Primary School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

Hall Green Infant & Nursery School/Birmingham (Restructure)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

David Room david.room@neu.org.uk

The John Roan School/Greenwich (Transfer of Employer)

Tuesday 26 June Wednesday 27 June

Tim Woodcock Tim.Woodcock@neu.org.uk

Connaught School for Girls (Pay)

Wednesday 27 June

Steve.White@neu.org.uk

Baxter College/Worcestershire (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June

Sean.McCauley@neu.org.uk

Langdon Park/Tower Hamlets (Restructure)

Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June

Alex.Kenny@neu.org.uk

East Sussex Schools Bourne Primary Central CE Academy Hailsham Community College Pashley Down Infant Ocklynge Junior Cavendish Ratton

Wednesday 27 June

Phil.Clarke@neu.org.uk

NOTICEBOARD

School Direct placements data 2018-19
Division and Association secretaries in England should by now have received, via their @neu.org.uk email addresses, the UCAS vacancy information for their area. Please look through the guidance which came out with this and please coordinate activity with regional staff and your ATL section counterparts; who have also been sent relevant information. Please make sure that any data is only forwarded to @neu.org.uk email accounts. If you are a Division or Association secretary and have not received data to your official union email account then please contact recruit@neu.org.uk

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

NQT and establishment lists
As we predicted prior to the enactment of the Data Protection Act 2018, a number of associations have been denied NQT and establishment lists on the basis that disclosure would breach the new legislation. This is not an accurate statement of the law. Nothing in the Data Protection Act or GDPR precludes MATs, governing bodies and local authorities from providing the Union with a list of the names, roles and schools of their existing workforce. A model letter has been produced to assist associations seeking disclosure of what is, in any event, an agreed arrangement in the Burgundy Book (Appendix 111, section 7(b) and (c)). Divisions and Associations are advised to seek the incorporation of the Burgundy Book provisions into local agreements if they have not done so already.

INTERNATIONAL

Keep up the Refugee Week Momentum – Support Care4Calais
The organisation Care4Calais provides essential aid and support to refugees in Northern France and other areas. They work directly with refugees to make sure they get the social interaction, warm meals, clothes and other necessities that they deserve. Right now, Care4Calais needs your, and your Division or Association’s, help to put together packs with daily essentials that refugees can carry with them. Find out more about the organisation and the appeal here.

Prevent Period Poverty in The Gambia
The cost of sanitary towels and tampons in The Gambia, together with the lack of school facilities for hygienic disposal of used items, means that many girls will miss school during ‘that time of the month’. It is estimated that girls in The Gambia without access to sanitary products will miss 48 days of schooling every year. The Steve Sinnott Foundation is fundraising to help level the playing field by teaching girls and teachers how to make safe, re-usable pads using locally sourced materials. Click here to find out how you can support the appeal.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Traditions of Liberation Education, Thursday 5 July
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Join Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu) and UCU in a discussion on decolonising education and the Palestinian revolution. Professor Karma Nabulsi of Oxford University will be the key speaker, and the session will be chaired by Professor Hugh Starkey of the Institute of Education (UCL). The event is part of the Education, Occupation & Liberation programme marking Fobzu’s 40th anniversary. Click here to register for this free event.

IN THE NEWS

Plans for a “low cost” “no frills” private school in Durham gained national attention this week when Radio 4’s You and Yours ran a report. Live in the studio, opposite school backer James Tooley, I cast considerable doubt on whether quality education could be delivered at £52 per pupil per week. Listen here.

A letter on Monday, signed by 39 local authorities and the School Cuts Coalition, called for Damian Hinds to address the dangerous underfunding of SEND support. It was reported in the Independent and Schools Week and Sec-Ed.

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about mobile phones being a ‘distraction’ in schools, inevitably picked up press interest. Mary was quoted in the Daily Mail and Press Association.

Huffington Post and The Times carried the story that hundreds of school are posting ‘wish lists’ on Amazon asking for donations from parents in desperate bids to fund essentials like pens, pencils and glue sticks. Items that should normally be affordable through everyday budgets.

Schools Week reported that 23 studio schools have closed at a current cost of £23 million. The NEU was quoted saying this is a failed experiment, the blame for which lies fairly and squarely with Government.

One of the main findings of a EPI report out on Wednesday stated that failing MATs should be taken over by Local Authorities. Read our press release here and reports from Schools Week, the Independent and Education Executive with my quotes.

Finally, the Guardian has published a joint letter calling on the British Government to withdraw its support for the war in Yemen. I was one of its signatories.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
out on Wednesday stated that failing MATs should be taken over by Local Authorities. Read our press release here and reports from Schools Week, the Independent and Education Executive with my quotes.

Finally, the Guardian has published a joint letter calling on the British Government to withdraw its support for the war in Yemen. I was one of its signatories.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary

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SEND Petition : Urgent !

Dear all

Over the weekend, the School Cuts campaign launched a petition to support calls for local authorities and schools to have sufficient funds and resources to guarantee all pupils with SEND have access to education.

So far we have received 8,576 signatures and counting.

This petition was launched off the back of 39 local councils – supported by the NEU and School Cuts coalition partners – wrote to Damian Hinds to demand more money to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The publication of the letter received a great deal of attention from local and national media and also parents and other groups campaigning on this important issue.

Please do all you can to share this and encourage as many people as possible to sign it.

Thank you for all your help

Yours sincerely

KEVIN COURTNEY

Joint General Secretary

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Latest NEU news: circulars 15th June 2018

June 15, 2018 | 18-019E

| NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION | CAMPAIGNS UPDATE | ACTION| NOTICEBOARD | ADVICE & GUIDANCE| INTERNATIONAL | DATES FOR YOUR DIARY | IN THE NEWS

NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION

Post-transition local democratic structures

At their meeting on 24 May, the JEC received a report on all district proposals submitted. We will be in touch with those officers whose proposals were not accepted by the JEC so if you do not hear anything, then your proposals have been ratified by the JEC. We will also be in touch with local officers in areas for which we received no district proposals with the JEC recommendations for the post-transition local democratic structures.

CAMPAIGNS UPDATE

Funding

Open letter on SEND (embargoed until Monday)

An open letter from 39 local councils, calling for more money to support pupils with SEND, will be published on Monday. Aimed at Education Secretary Damian Hinds, and backed by the NEU and other unions within the School Cuts coalition, the letter will call for an immediate cash injection for SEND and a fair and sustainable system of funding for the future.

Teachers and support staff know there is a crisis in SEND funding, with councils struggling to deliver effective provision for these pupils because of lack of cash. Recently the Education Secretary promised an additional £50m for councils to fund SEND resources and school places. But this is not new money and it is nowhere near enough to address the crisis.

This unprecedented letter from councils around the country – with different political leadership – will be published on the NEU website and will be available on social media. Please look out for it and share it widely to keep the pressure on the Government to increase funding for schools and children with SEND.

NEU briefing for London councillors

The NEU has organised a briefing to London councillors on school funding. This briefing will include information about how school funding works, the School Cuts campaign and how councillors can be involved. This initial meeting will be solely for London councillors to look at previous activity and future actions in the capital. But we hope that the event will be successful and can then be replicated in different regions.

The London event will take place on Tuesday 3rd July, from 6pm, at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. Councillors should register their attendance here.

If you or other divisions within your area would be interested in organising a similar briefing in your area, please contact campaigns@neu.org.uk

ACTION

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

Action Date Contact
Springfield Primary School/Birmingham

(Restructure)

Tuesday 19 June, Wednesday 20 June,

Thursday 21 June

David Room

banut@btconnect.com

The John Roan School/Greenwich

(Transfer of Employer)

Wednesday 20 June Tim.Woodcock@neu.org.uk
Thomas Bennett Community College/West Sussex Thursday 21 June Ann.Seuret@neu.org.uk

NOTICEBOARD

REFUGEE WEEK: 18 – 24 June

Please let your reps/ members know that next week is Refugee Week. We would like all schools to display the poster “This School Welcomes Refugees” and to choose one or more of the 20 #simpleacts to do during the week.

Kevin and Mary have made short films supporting Refugee Week which we will be tweeting – please retweet these and stories/photos from schools in your own area throughout the week.

June Privatisation Update

Some crucial developments are reported in the latest edition of Privatisation Update including news on three key anti-academy campaigns. Government has made a major U-turn on ‘coasting’ schools and academisation and three schools have already reversed their decision to form a MAT citing this development. Also covered are two important recent reports: one finding that academies in MATs have fewer freedoms and a second showing that the free schools programme has failed to deliver on its promises.

Warwick Mansell Blog – “Let’s debate schools’ lack of freedom in multi-academy trusts”

The aforementioned report on MATs is the subject of Warwick Mansell’s latest blog which explores the implications for the debate on school structures and autonomy. Please read and share widely.

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Health related questions in job application forms

It has recently come to our attention that despite the Equality Act’s prohibition against health enquiries at the early stages of the recruitment process, a number of schools and colleges continue to include intrusive health related questions in their job application forms, either in the body of the form, or separately in a health questionnaire. Please help the Union nip this in the bud. If you encounter this practice in a school, college, local authority or employment agency in your area, you may respond using the sample letter provided here. You will need to login to the NUT section website to access the letter.

GDPR and staff data

Your attention is drawn to resources at the Help and Advice section of the NUT website relating to the GDPR or, as it is now part of UK law, the Data Protection Act 2018. The resources are intended to address the concerns members may have about the contents of their personnel file. The Act now places a greater obligation on data controllers to ensure that there is a clear and explained purpose for processing personal data, particularly sensitive personal data. The resources provided will assist you in holding schools, colleges, local authorities and employment agencies to account.

INTERNATIONAL

Acts of Courage: Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week 2018

Members are strongly encouraged to involve their school this July. Suggested activities could include:

1.    Delivering a commemoration assembly or form time workshop to mark Srebrenica Memorial Day. Free downloadable resources are available here.

2.    Listening to Rešad Trbonja’s remarkable testimony of surviving the Siege of Sarajevo on the 11th July by tuning in to the special survivor live stream. Register here.

3.    Dedicating a football match to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide and join thousands of young people across the UK, playing football and tackling hatred and intolerance together as part of the WE ARE ONE initiative. Click here for details.

You can also join the Union in commemorating the anniversary by:

1.    Contributing to our Acts of Courage board

2.     Attending our screening of two short films from the ‘Ordinary Heroes’ series at Hamilton House on Thursday, 12 July. These films document the stories of Bosnian citizens who showed extraordinary courage at a time when their country was committing acts of genocide. Register here.

Send My Friend to School Week of Action

Next week (18-22 June 2018) marks the Send My Friend to School Campaign’s annual Week of Action. This year’s campaign is asking the UK Government to Make Schools Safe by implementing the Safe Schools Declaration, which the UK announced it was signing in April of this year. Find out more about the campaign and get ideas for the week of action on the Send My Friend to School website.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEU Public Meeting on Windrush to the Far Right: Resist the Hostile Environment –
23 June 2018 at NUT HQ, London

Over 100 places are already booked so tickets are fast running out! Members should book their place in advance here. Confirmed speakers include the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP. Please share this flyer with your members.

Saturday 7 July

Event in memory of Mary Compton – Teacher, Union and Human Rights: A Seminar on Global Solidarity
*NEW TIME*11.00-16.00 (arrivals from 10.30)
NEU-NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, London WC1H 9BD

This seminar will explore the need for, and power of, global solidarity in education, especially in the face of privatisation, oppressive regimes, and the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM). This event is being organised in memory of activist Mary Compton, who sadly passed away in January 2018. Mary was passionate about international solidarity and this seminar will commemorate and build upon Mary’s important work. Click here for more information and to register for this free event.

16-18 November: Black Teachers’ Conference 2018 – Important Update

Applications are now open for this year’s Black Teachers’ Conference, which will be held in Bristol. The Conference theme will be “Re-Claiming the Dream – Leading the Change Together”. The recent Windrush scandal and racist protests by the far-right reminds us all of the importance of having strong self-organised Black networks within our union to counter the toxic narrative of the far-right. This conference is the key platform for NEU Black members to articulate this counter narrative.

The application forms will be sent directly to your association/division secretary’s generic email address for authorisation and payment. Delegate fee is £354. This year we are moving the division authorisation form online to make the process easier for divisions; however hardcopy forms can be requested by contacting the equalities team. Members will not have a confirmed place until we receive the completed application form and payment from the association/division.

For any queries relating to the equality conferences please email equality@neu.org.uk

IN THE NEWS

This week saw US education secretary, Betsy DeVos visit the UK for three days. Mary wrote a column for the TES highlighting DeVos’s lack of knowledge of state education and the “privatisation bubble” she was set to tour.

On Wednesday the Taxpayers’ Alliance attempted to weigh in on the issue of teachers’ pay, dismissing all the evidence that teachers deserve a pay rise. Mary called the TPA’s contribution “complete nonsense”, listing the many organisations that agree with us – including the STRB. This was picked up in the TES, the Times, the Daily Mail and the Sun.  Our press release is here.

Mary’s comments last week about diversity in the curriculum have enjoyed continued take-up in the press and on air, sparking a debate on the Today Programme.

Schools Week has reported this week on the £23m spent by the DfE on studio schools. In the story, we called it “a failed experiment and one that has cost taxpayers dearly.”

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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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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