NEU National News : 18th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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

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

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

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The Latest News from Surrey NEU: Presidential Lunch, Additional AGM, Annual Conference 2019 +

Event Organiser Report:  May 2018

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to ensuring that the Presidential Lunch on 12th May 2018 was such a success.

In particular my thanks to Fred Greaves, Ted and Carole Truscoe, for their unstinting support and, of course, to Anne Leech, not only for her input into the arrangements for the day but also her excellent speech.

Additional AGM 2018

Please note that an additional AGM will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018, at the HG Wells, Centre, Woking, beginning at 10am. At the conclusion of the meeting, a buffet lunch will be served.

Annual Conference Liverpool 2019

Annual Conference will begin at 9 30 am on Monday 15th April 2019 and conclude on Thursday 18th April 2019 , at 1pm. This will mean delegates will need to travel to Liverpool on Sunday 14th April.

The Division is currently holding rooms at the Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel Chapel Street , Liverpool L3 9AG. The hotel is a 17-minute walk from the Conference venue.

If you would like, even at this early stage, to express an interest in attending the NEU 2019 Annual Conference please email me with your details. It will, of course, be for the Division Committee to decide the final conference delegation, at an appropriate date later this year.

2019 Presidential Lunch

The first Surrey NEU Presidential Lunch will take place on either the 4th, the 11th or 18th May.

The Vice President has indicated that he is happy for us to consider, once again, the Holiday Inn ,at Guildford, as a venue and I will, in due course, pursue that option.

I will confirm the exact date once the FA have announced the date for the 2019 FA Cup Final thus avoiding any conflict of interest or loyalties!

Philip

Philip Clark

Division Event Organiser

philip.clark20@btinternet.com

You can download a copy of this report, for your staff noticeboard here: Event Organiser Report May 2018

 

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Website update !

Dear All,

We are in the process of transferring advice and documentation to our new union, the NEU.

Please be patient, as procedures will have to change.

All current news, events and contacts will remain the same but guidelines may have to be amended. Of course, I will do so, as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please use your normal contact points and, if you are unsure about any issue, please drop me an email at “greavesfred@hotmail.com” and I will respond asap

Fred Greaves

Web manager.

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Next Surrey NEU meeting : 22nd May 2018 6-8 p.m. at The Howard of Effingham School : KT24 5JR

Dear Colleagues
Please find AGENDA (downloadable here: AGENDA for NEU meeting 220518)  for the meeting of 22 May at Howard of Effingham. (Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5JR). Tele: 01372 453694.
You will see that a major item of the agenda is nomination for national officers so please make every effort to attend.  Although these will be NEU officers it seems that there have to be separate  meetings and votes for the NUT and the ATL sections. There are several good friends of Surrey standing for office and it will be good to see them being supported at a quorate meeting.
Because I will be away from all but the most mobile of my equipment I warn you that there will be no hard copy available of the papers for the meting so if you prefer looking at paper, you will have to print them off yourself. I hope to have returned to Surrey in time to print off the various candidates statements that are coming in all the time so that you will not be presented with nothing but a list of names that you may, more more likely do not, know.
If you need further information in the interim please contact Tami in the first instance.
Regards

Ted Truscoe

Assistant Secretary
Surrey National Education Union (NUT Section)

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Website technical difficulties + future meetings dates URGENT UPDATE !

Dear All,

Apologies for the frustrating hitches on our website, due mainly to technical difficulties, all hopefully now resolved. Please let me know asap, if you experience any further problems.

Fred Greaves (“greavesfred@hotmail.com”)

 

You can now download and read Ted Truscoe’s vivid NEU Easter Conference 2018 Report, as well as Benedict O’Connell’s excellent LGBT+ Educators Conference 2018 Report.

Furthermore, details of all future Surrey NEU dates will be posted here but you can check all current planned dates and venues by clicking on the  Events tab (sometimes found under “Navigation” for some mobile and tablet platforms).

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NEU 2018 Conference Report : Surrey Division by Ted Truscoe, Assistant Secretary

You can read the full but textually erratic report from 2018 NEU Conference by Ted Truscoe, Assistant Secretary, Surrey Division here:- (N.B. Due to some technical difficulties, pdf downloadable version will be available later).

Brighton 2018   Annual Conference Report

Ted Truscoe

Once again I have to report that Conference was largely a controversy-free zone (with the odd exception that I will come to later). There were 30 original motions passed either nearly or totally unanimously and one which caused some heat. To be fair there was fierce debate on some others which ran out of time and were never voted upon. This was the last NUT Conference because next year we will be fully integrated into the NEU and there will be a unified Conference in Liverpool. This year`s motions will have to be passed in both the NUT and the ATL Section`s conferences to become policy.

The first day of Conference is normally given over to formal business and reception of guests of the Union. This often produces interesting speeches and this year was no excep- tion. We heard from Wilson Sossion from the Kenyan

NUT who told us of the creeping privatisation of education in all parts of Africa and the activities of Bridge Ed- ucation which is simplifying and reducing the curriculum while receiving heavy subsidies for international organi- sations which do not appear to be being spent on the schools. But the highlight of the day was the presentation from Sirazul and Nijam Mohammad, Rohinja refugees and students in Leeds. We often get stories of communi-

ties , but these boys told us the stories of people, of individuals. When Nijam said how great school was here: you had books… and chairs !! He wants to become a human rights lawyer. Watch this space.

 

The next day began with the installation of Kiri Tunks as President. Kiri spoke of her immigrant family — from New Zealand — and how her father had tried to become a bus driver ( but drove too fast) and then tried many other things before becoming a builder. He was welcomed, as we should be welcoming other immigrants and refugees who have added so much to our society, a sentiment that this Polish immigrant can only support whole-heartedly.

 

And so to the main business of Conference. The first motion we discussed was entitled Academies, Mats, Re-Broker, Rebrand and Renationalise. Even members of the governing party are becoming uneasy at the vast salaries being paid to Academy CEOs with more than 120 of them receiving in excess of £150 00 pa — sometimes greatly in excess. The motion to reclaim these schools was massively carried, as was the next on School Funding which called on the Government to

restore the cuts that school budgets are facing. We then discussed The Housing Crisis which is af- fecting teachers in London, the South East and now much of the rest of the country and unanimous- ly called for more social and affordable housing, or much higher pay. It is a little-known fact that   the law demands that prisons, but not schools have libraries and that local authorities need have   only one library. The motion Speak Up For Libraries was massively passed. This session closed with a tribute to the late Mary Compton who had been an inspirational leader of the Union both nation- ally and locally in Wales. She will be fondly remembered.

It has been shown in research that children in Great Brit- ain are the least happy in the developed world. Life is not fun. The motion Crisis in Young People`s Mental Health sought to redress this and to follow up on the Government aim to have a mental health first aider in every school. We agreed unanimously. The Labour Party is promising a

National Education Service. We would like all parties to commit to this and voted heavily for it. People often forget that the NUT is an education union not just an industrial one. As we are sub- jected to an increasingly reductionist curriculum with more drill and memorisation we voted heav- ily for A Child-Centred  Curriculum and Pedagogy . As an unreconstructed Plowdenite (ask your mother), I voted enthusiastically for this. The use of Data to set target grades for students and appraisal objectives linked to performance related Pay was unanimously condemned and rejected..

We have recently had two small Surrey schools threatened with closure so the delegation was pleased that Support For Rural Schools was heavily supported by Conference. Sometimes we feel that the big cities dominate debate.

The big news of this day`s work was Fair Pay For Teachers. Often pay plays a very small part in Conference and you probably know, many teachers do not even know how much they are being   paid in comparison to other professions. Enough, however, is enough. After years of below-inflation pay “settlements” we are asking for a return to at least 2010 values and a 5% pay increase. This may require determined action to achieve, but achieve it we can. Conference supported this with very few against and went on to ask for a revision of Greater London Pay which , Surrey members will be pleased to hear also included London Fringe pay with its ludicrously nominal recognition of the costs of living in places like Surrey.

The session finished with a sparkling presentation of the Union`s accounts. This was Ian Murch`s last presentation before he retires. He has been a brilliant treasurer and we will miss him.

 

The next day was Easter Sunday, but we didn`t have it off. There was a half day of concentrated work. Many of you will have heard of Ofsted asking primary school girls why they wore a hijab and were they being forced to do so. This occurred after motions for Conference had already been decided but we agreed to suspend standing orders to debate it. We felt that Ofsted had stepped outside its remit and was acting as a monocultural policeman, not something that we felt was in its role and we voted overwhelmingly to condemn their actions.

We then debated Supply Teachers` Employment. Supply teachers make up about 10% of our member- ship and everyone may find themselves on supply at some stage in their career. The rise of agencies has pushed supply into the gig economy with no security, sick or maternity pay, no holidays and outrageously low rates of pay ( while the agencies charge outrageously high fees). The motion calling   for better pay and conditions and better status within the union was heavily passed.

Ofsted have plans to ask senior leaders about reduction of Workload being apparently blind to irony as they are themselves principal instigators of increased workload.

The motion we passed unanimously wanted not only a re- duced workload with the ridiculous triple marking and holiday snaps removed but also guaranteed CPD and evi- dence-based pedagogy rather than what some minister re- membered from his Dame school.

 

Support and Promotion of Disabled Staff was unanimously supported. Up to 20% of the population is disabled, not always visibly, but schools still have a very low take-up of disabled staff and an even lower promotion rate . The Union is a champion for disability rights and rightly put this motion on the top of its priority voting on equalities. There was also unanimous support for Tackling Racism. This might sound like voting against sin, but institutional racism continues to plague the system and racist views are becoming almost respectable following the Brexit vote.  A motion linking the fight against Islamophobia and supporting LGBT+ rights turned out to be more controversial, although it passed. Like our own society, Islamic societies ( the Chechens were specially mentioned) can be rather homophobic themselves and we should not assume that groups that suffer intolerance do not have intolerances of their own. You`ll be pleased to know that Sexism and Harassment in Schools ( 70% of our membership is female) was condemned. You`ll be less pleased to learn that sexism and harassment of women exists in almost every school. As I`ve already said, as an immigrant myself .I welcome the support of the union on Racism and Migration. The motion covered a wide range of issues and was heavily supported.

All of this was important, but the headline motion of the day which hit all the nation`s media was on Education and Social Justice where the issue of child poverty and its dire effects upon the health, education and future prospects of a growing number of children was described, sometimes in heart- breaking detail. Lanarkshire was praised for its initiative on feeding children during school holi- days and we asked for this to become nationwide while deploring the need. What hit me most was egg soup which a child said he had for breakfast. His mother boiled an egg for Dad before he went to work and then added pepper and salt to the water: Egg Soup.

 

Easter Monday morning began at 9.15 with a special debate on the situation in Wales. It was sup- posed to have been debated at the Wales NUT Conference but they got snowed off so they brought it to Brighton where it rained all the time. The Welsh government announced plans to have a separate system with annual reviews of deciding teachers` pay and conditions different from that of England. The likely outcome of this would be lower pay and worse conditions of service for Welsh teachers. Conference unanimously rejected this and called for the single system for both countries to be retained.

Secondary Curriculum and Assessment has become very strange. A legacy of Michael Gove was the odd idea that making GCSE very much harder but to lower the pass mark sounded like a system devised by Lewis Carroll (who was at least a mathematician). One can, under the new system get a Grade C with 17%. That means that you can fail to understand 83% of the questions and still pass. And indeed, people with good honours degrees say that many of the questions are so hard that they can’t answer them. Apparently these  are there to give people something to aspire to — probably bloody revolution. We unanimously rejected the idea (but seriously considered the revolution).

In the afternoon we debated Baseline Testing and to Boycott High Stakes, Summative Testing in Primary Schools. There was some overlap between these and hence some of the second was ruled out of order after we passed the first. The gist however was that we are planning to campaign   against baseline testing and also against primary SATs with a view to non-cooperation in pilots and a possible boycott. We will need to know what the ATL Conference thinks before there can be defini- tie plans drawn up for NEU action next year, but the NUT Section conference was strongly in fa- vour of action.

Things now got a little strange. Often the most contentious motions are concerned with the internal organisation of the Union and now with the very different organisation of ATL,

preparing for a unified NEU has started throwing up difficulties. ATL do not   have retired teachers as activists and the NUT does. What to do with them? The Role of Retired Teachers in the NEU  asked for a survey what retired teachers do in the Union and what they can and ought to do. This seemed a moderate question but it was strongly opposed by the Executive who sought to amend it by (if I understood the argument correctly) saying that retired teachers could do all sorts of things, like stuffing envelopes and making the tea. I took exception to this and spoke against this saying that I had retired as a teacher but not as a Union Activist. Conference agreed and passed the original motion.

We went on to pass a number of motions which basically exhorted the Union to build up its activist base in schools, look at the possibility of more paid workers to support casework, support the school rating website to aid members in job applications and to increase the role of young teachers in the Union. We still hope to achieve Building Unity Towards A Single Union and we extend the hand of friendship to the NASUWT and headteacher unions to build a single organisation which will have the power and influence to defend the profession and all in schools.

We then expressed our support for Colleagues in Mexico, Central and South America where teach- ers and their unions have been under murderous attacks for many years.

 

And apart from a rousing speech from Kevin Courtney, the Joint General Secre- tary of the National Education Union was what happened at the 148th Annual Conference of the National Union of Teachers. Since 1870 we have stood up for teachers, for children, a broad curriculum, equal pay, secondary education for all, abolition of selection , fairness, justice for all , for a society and an education service we can all be proud of. We belong to no political party and have stood up to them all when the need arose. It is a record to be proud of and one we will carry into the National Education Union when we will stand up for all workers in schools.

 

 

I really can`t finish on that serious a note. We worked hard at Conference, but we had fun as well. We had some nice meals ( Brighton is good for that), I believe that the whippersnappers went club- bing as well, we went to all sorts of fringe meetings. In the morning from my hotel window I saw people swimming in the sea at 7.00 am but I don`t think they were Surrey delegates

Thank you Phil Clark ( I’m sure with Lindsey`s help) for organising activities for the delegation. Thank you Tami and Cosmin, Anne and Jerry, Dan and Sarah, Rob and Liz, Hayley, Lauren, Ben, Margaret, Marc, Subhi, Maisie,Aku, Suu, Chris and Brian, and Patrick, for making this such a memorable last Conference for Surrey with the biggest and most diverse delegation we have ever had.

Next year in Liverpool the first Conference of the NEU will take place.

 

Conference Report

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NEU Easter Conference update details

NEU-NUT Section Annual Conference 2018

The NUT section of the National Education Union is holding its Annual Conference in Brighton from 30 March to 3 April 2018, where delegates will be discussing and debating the issues that matter most to members.
The ATL section is holding its conference from 9 to 11 April 2018 in Liverpool.
Motions which are passed at both conferences which relate to all National Education Union members will be referred to the Joint Executive Council of the National Education Union for implementation.
This is the last year that the NUT section and the ATL section will be holding separate conferences. From spring 2019, there will be one National Education Union Annual Conference.
Both sections of the National Education Union are looking forward to debating the core issues facing education professionals, including workload, pay and funding.
You can follow events at the NUT section Annual Conference here and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NUTonline using #NUT18.
Conference App can be downloaded from 23 March 2018, and available at Amazon Apps, Apple App Store and Google Play
If you have any queries regarding Conference business or arrangements please email the Union’s Conference Organiser, Karen Handley at k.handley@nut.org.uk.

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