These notes are up-dated
regularly and not completed / finalised until the day before
meeting (January 2006)
Notes for Division Annual General
Meeting: March 2006
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
2nd 2006, Ipswich
Apologies already recorded: For
EC/Both: Margaret Bulaitis For Council: Andrew Guite
for Executive Committee
=Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- Ruth Kelly's announcement re pay 2006-7: she will
implement the 2.5% increase for Sept 2006 and Sept 2007 proposed by the
- Executive News
123 (23 February 2006) - copied on blue
- Executive News 122
- circulated with agenda
- ¤ A Good
Local School for Every Child - The Response of he NUT to the Government's
White Paper: High Standards, Better Schools For All. Available on the
National Website. Also copies of
letters sent from HQ on the White Paper to NUT Reps, Headteachers and
Governors. Leaflets for Councillors and parents.
- NUTNews No 3-06: "Willing by not eager"
- NUT campaign against cuts from TLRs.
- ¤ Steve
Sinnott, comments on Education Minister Jacqui Smith's speech on pupil
discipline. "Whatever the other faults with the White Paper, the
Government's proposal to give an unambiguous right to teachers to discipline
pupils is welcome and long overdue. Teachers need to be absolutely confident
about their authority. I want the government to understand that it is the
teacher who has the responsibility for discipline and the imposition of
sanctions within the classroom. The legislation must focus on enhancing the
authority of the teacher. If children disobey a teacher's instruction not to
use their mobile phones then the last thing that teacher needs is to be told
that they don't have the right to confiscate it. To enshrine a teacher's right
to discipline pupils in law will reinforce the message to parents and the wider
community that schools are safe and secure places of learning. Extending that
right to the streets and public transport will underline to pupils that good
behaviour is expected everywhere."
- Sixth Form College Pay: The 2005-6 pay agreement has
been ratified by the NUT, NASUWT and ATL. Pay increases, including any arrears,
and pay progression due from 1 September 2005 should now be paid as soon as
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- Notice that information about
Salary Sacrifice Schemes is available on the
national website. Teachers in LA
schools are currently excluded from benefiting. Union is seeking to get this
- 06-046-E&EO - SURE START AND
CHILDREN'S CENTRES - GOVERNMENT PLANNING GUIDANCE AND PRACTICE GUIDANCE
06-045-O&A - PRICING IN PROPORTION (PiP):
Secretaries, etc. are advised that the cost of sending
letters in the post will change from August 21st 2006 to one which includes a
measure of "thickness". This could affect union distribution costs.
Main changes are:
|| Standard size letters, which are no more than 240mm
long, 165mm wide, 5mm thick and weigh up to 100 grams will cost the 21p 2nd
class and 30p 1st class. This is the equivalent of 12 sheets of A4 photocopy
paper folded in half in a C5 envelope. At the moment, a letter of weighing 95
grams will cost 46p 1st class.
|| The large letter format is classified as B4 or under,
up to 750g x 25mm and would include unfolded A4 post, most brochures, CDs and
DVDs. A 100g package would cost 42p to send 1st class.
||Packet format would be calculated on items more than
353mm long or 250mm wide and more than 25mm thick. Items that come under this
category would be most books, VHS cassettes and most cylindrical packages. A
100g packet would cost 94p.
- u 06-044-M&C - YOUNG
TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: 7-9 JULY 2006
06-043-M&C - ESTABLISHMENT OF ON-LINE INTERACTIVE CENTRE,'HEARTH' TO
GIVE SUPPORT TO LOCAL OFFICERS - CENSUS
- 06-042-CCU - BALLOT OF MEMBERS
BELONGING TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME
- 06-041-CCU - EDUCATION AND
- 06-040-O&A - WALES OFFICER -
NUT CYMRU: VACANCY
- 06-039-CCU - COMPASS
06-038-EEO - THE WHITE PAPER/EDUCATION BILL: Conference, "Schools:
Reform, Choice, Equality - Debating the Education White Paper", organised
by the TUC which is to take place on Friday, 17 March at TUC headquarters in
London. Secretary has applied for one place for division and has paid the
06-037-EEO - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2006
- 06-035-M&C - THE NATIONAL
UNION OF TEACHERS - IT'S VISION: comments are invited on the text of a new
"vision statement" drawn up by the National Executive.
- 06-034-M&C - UNION
- 06-033-E&EO - THE WHITE
¤ 06-031-CCU - MOTION 53
'PALESTINE AND IRAQ': Decision to delete from the Conference motion
reference to boycotting Israeli goods and services. Also Letter from Kevin
Courtney, Camden and CBC, protesting and pointing out that the officers had
previously accepted the motion as permissible under union rules. The change of
mind appears to be due to Officer's view of the Hamas victory in the
Palestinian elections. Secretary has replied to Kevin in support, and invites
Council to express a view.
- 06-030-O&A - APPOINTMENT OF WALES SECRETARY: David
Evans, currently Wales Officer, has been appointed to the post of Wales
Secretary and will take over from Gethin Lewis when he retires at the beginning
of May this year.
- u 06-029-E&EO -
LEARNING TO BEHAVE - A CHARTER FOR SCHOOLS. Available on our
06-028-SALS - FROM MAs TO TLRs: PAY APPEALS AND PAY
- 06-027-E&EO - ETHIOPIA TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION
- 06-026-E&EO - EUROPEAN TRADE UNION SOLIDARITY
CONFERENCE WITH CUBA AND LATIN AMERICA
- 06-025-O&A - ACTIVITY GRANT 2006
- u 06-024-M&C - ANNUAL
CONFERENCE: 14-18 APRIL 2006 - TORQUAY
- 06-023-O&A - ARRANGEMENTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
2006, including voting on priority motions for Conference.
- 06-022-SALS - SCHOOL FUNDING
2006-07: Survey of budgetary situations in each Authority. Secretary has
completed and returned questionnaire for Suffolk.
- 06-021 M&C - 2006 MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS: The full
subscription for 2006 is £130.00
- 06-020 M&C - NEW TEACHERS RECRUITMENT
- 06-019-M&C - MAILINGS TO STUDENTS
- 06-018-CCU - SERVICES DIRECTIVE: ETUC DEMONSTRATION
STRASBOURG - TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2006
- 06-017-O&A - ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TORQUAY 2006 -
PAYMENT OF CONFERENCE TRAVEL EXPENSES (Claim form for treasurer). Expenses rate
for Secretaries=£90 per day.
- 06-016-H&S - HEALTH AND SAFETY BULLETIN NO
- CASEnotes: February 2005: MPs dispute that
government plans means "Better Schools for All".
Section B: Regional: Regional Office to
Changes at Regional Office: Chris Grant (Cambridgeshire) has been
appointed as Regional Official to replace Darryl Long, from April. Allocations
of officers are changing so that Alan Williams has Essex, Southend,
Thurrock and Suffolk . Chris Grant will take on Cambridgeshire,
Peterborough, Herts and Norfolk and we lose Keith Bunting to Bedfordshire,
Buckinghamshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire. Regional Secretary,
Hilary Bucky has no specific LA responsibility, except SCE (forces schools).
Serge O'Keeffe has been appointed part-time Regional Solicitor sharing the week
with Elizabeth Arndt. Secretary has written congratulating Chris on his
appointment, thanking Keith for his work for the Division and welcoming Alan
back to old haunts.
Section C: Division /
- ¤ For AGM:Secretary's Annual
Report for 2005-6
- u Conference 2006
(Torquay) ends on the first day of term, which for most staff is a PD day. Any
facilities time required can be met. EC to check that all delegates can attend
for full duration.
- ¤ CYPD
Staff changes: Many retirements are coming up. The new Area Directors have
been appointed: Sally Simpkin, Vanessa Harvey-Samuel and Allan Cadzow.
- School Redundancies: New Section 188s received
from Capel St Mary, Gt Heath P, Gt Waldingfield P, Newmarket College,
Ringshall, Thurleston High, Whitehouse Jnr. Already declared: (for Easter +
September 2006) Freeman Primary and Roman Hill Middle School (both resolved by
voluntary means). For September: Crowfoot P (closure of SSC), Lakenheath P,
- ¤ Suffolk County Council Cuts and Redundancies: There have
been fortnightly meetings of the "Corporate Forum" (also known as the
"Partnership Forum" and the CYPD Service Forum, at which the only
topic has been the cuts and redundancies.
||Redundancies: The Suffolk Public Service Unions
have issued a second joint statement concerning the threat to jobs and a move
by SCC to reduce compensation and benefits to those made redundant. This would
not apply to teachers as yet (but could do later) but would affect Single
Status staff in schools (support staff). The NUT has supported a joint statement about the
redundanciesand joint press release.
The Proposal from SCC is to half the cost of redundancies in County Hall, etc,
by reducing the severance pay which has been granted in the past, and stopping
enhancements of pension.
The Unions are concerned at the lack of detailed information
required under the Section 188 procedures. Half way through the 90-day
consultation period, there was still no information on which posts it was
proposed to make redundant.
|At the CYPD Forum on 22/2/6, we were given details of
the groups most at risk of redundancy and a new estimate of the number of job
losses still to be found. This was 21 jobs still at risk, from an original 40.
The rest have been avoided by not filling vacancies or other expedients. The
Authority said they were seeking to reduce the number of actual redundancies
still further. They reluctantly agreed that they would now consider voluntary
redundancies from among the groups affected.
||Closure threat to PDCs: Graham White drafted a
circular letter on behalf of all Education Sector Unions recognised by SCC.
This was edited after a joint meeting and has been sent as a joint circular to all NUT
Representatives. The joint letter should also go out to representatives
in schools, etc., of NASUWT, ATL, PAT, CYWU, NATFHE and UNISON. SHA has
declined to support. NAHT has supported the statement, but the circular went
out without the NAHT logo, awaiting confirmation of assent. The Secretary wrote
to the SCC Cabinet members about saving the PDCs and the Seagull Theatre (see
||Seagull Theatre and Performing Arts Centre: Save the Seagull and PDCs Letter: the NUT sent a
letter to all members of the SCC Cabinet before their 2nd Feb meeting on the
budget, pointing out that the Seagull is a Performing Arts Centre and not
"just a local theatre". The NUT is proposing that funding for the
Seagull should be found for at least another 12 months, to enable alternative
venues or funding streams, such as an interest from the local High Schools. A
circular to NUT Reps in the Northern Area was prepared by the NUT and endorsed
by ATL, NASUWT, PAT, NATFHE, NAHT, UNISON and CYWU. On 22/2/6, the Authority
reported that Kirkley High was putting together a business plan to support the
Seagull. Other agencies might also help find extra funding. Nevertheless staff
redundancies at the Seagull were still likely. It was not know whether the
business plan would include employing any existing staff.
u The Joint CYPD Union group
has pledged £200 for a Seagull Campaign Fund. The NUT is asked to
- ¤ School
Organisation Review: The LA has set up this 'in principle' review to
consider whether the future needs of Suffolk's children and young people are
likely to be best served by our present pattern of school organisation or by
changed arrangements; and if change is required, of what kind should it be.
This is particularly in the light of the 14-19 curriculum changes. The review
is being conducted by a Policy Development Panel set up by Cabinet; the
outcome will be a report to Cabinet in December 2006. If change is recommended,
a further process will be required to plan and deliver it. The Unions were
invited to a briefing meeting on Wednesday 1st March with David Thornton and
Bill Goodwin, the Lead Consultant responsible to the Panel for coordinating the
review. u The JNC have been invited to nominate 4
people to represent teachers to the Stakeholders Group which will have
some consultative role.
- Consultation Structure with County Council:
See annual report.
- Secretary spoke to St Edmundsbury Constituency Labour
Party at half term. Much concern there about the White Paper and the motives
behind it. NUT publicity circulated.
- Press contact has been frequent, including
comments on the Welsh Assembly report re. drama billed as the Shakespeare
- Teacher Rep's Report. Andrew Guite reports on
24th Feb meeting of CYPD Scrutiny
- Health & Safety: Due to John's illness, there
will be no report. John has asked Division to seek another H&S
- From TUC: Organising for Health and Safety, TUC
Section D: Local
- Forwarded to Ipswich Association:
Consultation document from SCC on "re-location" of Thos Wolsey
Special School on to the site of Thurleston High.
Date of next meeting: May 18th