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Anne Swift, National NUT President, would have been speaking on “What next for the NUT” and we will now endeavour to get Anne to speak at our next meeting in September.
Over the period end of May and into early June, the NUT will be balloting members about action over the White Paper. Make your voice heard. Build support for a YES vote among members in your school. For details about the White paper, see this page for more information or contact www.teachers.org.uk Listen to a short video of Kevin Courtney explaining the significance of this Government bill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwRgtpnL4kU&feature=youtu.be For any reps who want to make a presentation to members on the issues, a PowerPoint presentation is available on the NUT website, by following this link: https://www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/white-paper-powerpoint_0.pptx
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.
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
See message inside from TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady. Link
NUT members will be aware of the recent strike action by junior hospital doctors. The National Union of Teachers gave its full support to fellow public-sector workers fighting against the erosion of their salaries and conditions of service. Local BMA rep Ananna Rahman spoke at our recent meeting and the Mid-Essex NUT offered full moral support to the doctors in their dispute. See report from the junior doctors’ rally in Chelmsford.
Read a full report from our delegates…follow this link
New courses are regularly being arranged for school reps. These are Foundation and Advanced courses. If you are interested, please contact Association Secretary, Marion Wilson. A number of union conferences and courses will be held this year, including our National Education conference in July, the Disabled Teachers’ conference (July), the NUT LGBT conference (July) and the Black Teachers’ conference (November). The NUT offers a whole range of courses for members. For details of all these events and how to apply follow this link.
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.”
… 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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