Welcome to the NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION, Mid Essex NUT section!
From September 1st, all members of the National Union of Teachers now become members of the NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION. For a period of time, separate NUT associations, including the Mid-Essex NUT Association, will continue to function, as will branches of the ATL. In the longer term, it is hoped that there will be ‘unitary’ branches of the NEU, including former NUT and ATL members. For the time being, our website will continue to operate as ‘Mid-Essex NUT’. We hope that you will find the information on the website helpful; we are happy to have feedback from all members with ideas and suggestions on how we can improve it.
Welcome also to the NEW TERM
Why not kick off your new term with a well-organised joint meeting of NUT and ATL members? It is important that every school and group of teachers elects a union member to represent them to management. If you did not have a rep last term, perhaps now is the time to consider electing someone or volunteering. Remember, where the union group meets regularly, it means you are stronger and when you are stronger, individual members are less likely to be bullied and subjected to unreasonable demands of workload.
Disgraceful ONE PER CENT pay rise adds insult to injury
It’s astonishing that, in the midst of a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, and just before the end of the school year, the government has announced an annual pay rise for September of just 1%. See the full NUT newsletter here, and print it out for your NUT staffroom notice-board.
October 24th – LOBBY YOUR MP over the disgraceful finding deficit in education
On October 24th, the National Education Union is organising a MASS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT to persuade MPs of the importance of proper funding for education. Without adequate funding, most schools will see a massive shortfall in finances in the coming years. Follow this link for information about the lobby. The Association will reimburse second-class rail fare for all those members who go on the lobby, so get organised in your school!
New Essex NUT WOMEN’S Facebook group set up
We are pleased to announce the start of the newly formed Essex NUT Women’s Network group. We are actively seeking female members of the association to join us. Follow this link for details.
The next Association meeting will be on Monday September 25th, at Hamptons, off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, CM2 9HF . 7pm
What will the new term bring? What next for teachers and education?
Those members who attend can book a drink and a meal. Please let our treasurer, Heather Drake, know that you are coming so she can book the correct number of meals. Heather is on 07881 987856 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUT Annual conference, Cardiff, Easter 2017
The delegates from Mid-Essex Association (pictured here) have compiled a collective report of the conference which is now on this website. Link to conference newsletter.
Eastern Region, black teachers’ weekend, October 6th/7th 2017.
For full details of the programme, the session and speakers, and to book your place, please use the following link:
Interactive Map of SCHOOL CUTS in your area!
The NUT and ATL have jointly published an interactive map to show the impact of funding cuts on schools. It shows how the Government’s funding freeze and cost increases and the impact of a new funding formula will affect each individual school. Follow the link to find your school and schools near you. See press release on Cuts to ESSEX SCHOOLS.
Union Survey on Asbestos in Schools.
Message from Kevin Courtney, General Secretary:
We contacted you a couple of weeks ago, asking you to complete a short NUT survey to share evidence about how asbestos is being managed in your school. Responses will help us better target our campaign to protect staff and children and put pressure on the Government.
In 2014, 17 teachers died of mesothelioma, a cancer caused exclusively by exposure to asbestos. Because of the long latency period of this disease, children are at risk in later life and it is estimated that between 200 and 300 adults die every year because of exposure to asbestos as school children.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey here – it will only take a few minutes.
Even if you know that your school does not contain asbestos, or are unsure about this, the survey seeks your views on other general issues in relation to asbestos in schools and highlights some important health and safety messages.
An appeal from ‘Education International’
Speak up for Turkish educators now!
Education International has released an urgent action appeal for Turkey asking for worldwide action and financial solidarity with Eitim-Sen and the education community in this country, who are suffering massive and unwarranted suspensions, arrests and suppression. For further details, follow this link.
Multi-Academy Trust plans defeated
There has been some very good news about the Government’s plans for maintained schools. The Government has announced that it will not bring forward its proposed Education for All Bill during this Parliamentary session.
The legislation would have forced all maintained schools to convert to academy status as part of multi-academy trusts (MATs) by 2022 if the council failed to meet a “minimum performance threshold” or where it had reached a “tipping point” in terms of the number of academies. Full report, follow link.
Getting involved in the Union:
The Union can help you become more engaged, informed and involved if you can tell us more about yourself. What sector do you work in? Are you full-time or part-time? What are your equality characteristics? Your information will help us target details of exclusive NUT events, campaigns and activities which may interest you and it will ensure that you don’t miss your chance to vote in equality constituency seat elections for the National Executive.
For information on security, see our Data Protection statement at www.teachers.org.uk/privacy.
For further information, follow this link.
Calais solidarity trip
Jon Woollard gives his impressions of a trip made by trade unionists, including NUT members, to the refugee camp Calais in October. Follow this link.
The Government has announced another U-turn and has backed down on base-line testing after spending millions of pounds introducing the scheme to reception classes. This is a victory for the campaign which brought together the NUT, the ATL, early years and parents’ organisations. The Government has come to the conclusion – as we been arguing and campaigning for months – that the tests are unreliable and pointless. Teachers want assessment that supports learning, not accountability measures. Learning from the base-line campaign: see NEWS page.
NUT Supply teachers’ Charter
The NUT Charter for Supply Teachers sets out the Union’s aspirations for its supply teacher members and the steps which the Union believes necessary to achieve them. Follow this link to get a copy: https://t.co/KX5wkbH0JZ
Exam factories or learning for life?
Government decisions about how to measure schools are turning schools into exam factories. This is harming children and their life chances. Join the NUT campaign at www.teachers.org.uk/examfactories.
Ofsted have republished their “myth-busting” advice – this time with some videos and a commentary from Sean Harford. It can be found on this link: https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2016/01/20/busting-myths-on-ofsted-inspections/
There is some useful stuff here to remind members in schools that we can challenge some practices forced upon them in the name of “It’s what Ofsted want to see.”
Guidance on winning Acceptable Pay policy:
… on pay progression for teachers. It explains how to take action if necessary to secure a fair pay policy in your school. You and your … workload through interim reviews for all. The guidance stops short of advising that there should be no interim reviews during the appraisal …
The Mid Essex Teachers’ Association is a local association of the National Union of Teachers. It is organised locally by its Executive Committee and is affiliated to the Essex Division of the NUT. The school representative is normally your first point of contact.
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We are living in historic times with the overwhelming vote to join with ATL to form a new union , the NEU.
As a local Association we must look to how we will work together with our ATL colleagues from September 2017