The premier union for teachers in England and Wales.

  • NUT Strike March 2014
    NUT Strike March 2014

 

 

Welcome to the Mid Essex Teachers’ Association

Our hope is that you will find all the help and information that you need from your local association so please explore the website and links and let us know how we can improve it.

Joint ATL/NUT survey on teachers’ pay.

Please complete this year’s national survey on teachers’ pay which NUT is again conducting jointly with ATL.

The survey provides essential information on how the Government’s extension of performance related pay and dismantling of the national pay structure is affecting teachers. It won’t take long to complete so please do it now if you can.

This year’s survey will again be a vital part of our work to protect teachers’ pay. Last year’s survey report showed that the Government’s changes had already cut rates of pay progression for all teachers and affected certain groups in particular. It also showed that teachers continued to reject PRP and increasingly saw the new pay system as unfair.

Next members’ meeting Monday, January 23rd, 7pm 

There will be a presentation and a discussion on the importance and value of having reps in schools. If you are a rep in your school, if you don’t have a rep or if you are prospective school rep, you are especially invited to this meeting!

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.

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.

NUT Eastern Region WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

There By popular demand, this conference is being held again this year, on November 25th and 26th (Friday/Saturday) at the Cambridge Belfry. 50 free tickets are available. See details here.

Report of Retired Teachers’ Conference

Follow this link for a report of the above conference.

Important SPECIAL CONFERENCE

A special one-day NUT conference was held in London on November 5 to discuss proposals for the amalgamation of the two teaching unions, ATL and NUT. The briefing paper on this can be read on this 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.

So tell us more – it’s easy to do and you will reap the rewards. Simply check and update your details at www.teachers.org.uk/update. You can follow our quick-step-guide.

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. 

Excellent Theatre play aimed at all school-teachers!

The Chelmsford TUC is to host a Banner Theatre production of Chicago: the Great Teachers’ Strike.

The main theme of the strike is the teachers’ strike that rocked the city of Chicago in 2013 and what the lessons are today for teachers and workers everywhere.

This play is sponsored financially by local teachers and trade unionists.

The production will be on MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER at Christchurch,  New London Road, Chelmsford, beginning at 7pm and ending by 9pm

There will also be a chance for audience discussion.

Tickets will be £10 (unwaged £5).

Tickets available from the Secretary of the Trades Council or contact the NUT Association or Chelmsford TUC.

Further information from: http://www.chelmsford-tuc.org.uk/

Bye-bye base-line!

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

Hot off the press: 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

Important Government climb-down on the Trade Union Bill

See message inside from TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady. Link

School Reps courses, forthcoming conferences and courses

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 have been 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 will be held in November. Details of the Black Teachers’ conference and other events, on this link. The NUT offers a whole range of courses for members. For details of all these events and how to apply follow this link.

Government Education Policy in disarray:

Government education policy is in disarray. The pressure built up by the NUT in alliance with other organisations has led to the Education Bill, with its proposals for forced academisation, being dropped. Read the NUT response here.

Ofsted Publication

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:

  • Guidance on Winning an 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 …

 

 

 


 

Who Else is Who

Who Else is Who

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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News

News

Get Involved

Leaflet your parents , lobby  or email your M.P. to explain why we are striking. To do this go to /www.teachers.org.uk/getinvolved Click here to read more

Message from our President

Message from our President

Having been elected at the AGM in March 2015, I will be working with the rest of the officers and Association committee to make sure our members get the best representation and support that is possible in these very trying times.
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Next Meeting Monday January 23rd All members welcome