These notes are up-dated regularly and not completed / finalised until the day before the next meeting.

Previous meeting (January 2006)

Notes for Division Annual General Meeting: March 2006

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Suffolk Division NUT
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)

March 2nd 2006, Ipswich

Apologies already recorded: For EC/Both: Margaret Bulaitis For Council: Andrew Guite

u =Items for Executive Committee

¤ =Items for Division Council

Section A: National with National Executive Report

¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.

  1. Ruth Kelly's announcement re pay 2006-7: she will implement the 2.5% increase for Sept 2006 and Sept 2007 proposed by the STRB
  2. Executive News 123 (23 February 2006) - copied on blue
  3. Executive News 122 - circulated with agenda
  4. ¤ 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.
  5. NUTNews No 3-06: "Willing by not eager" - NUT campaign against cuts from TLRs.
  6. ¤ 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."
  7. 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 possible.
    Circulars from HQ, etc:
  8. 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 changed.
  9. 06-046-E&EO - SURE START AND CHILDREN'S CENTRES - GOVERNMENT PLANNING GUIDANCE AND PRACTICE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
  10. u 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.
  11. u 06-044-M&C - YOUNG TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: 7-9 JULY 2006
  12. u 06-043-M&C - ESTABLISHMENT OF ON-LINE INTERACTIVE CENTRE,'HEARTH' TO GIVE SUPPORT TO LOCAL OFFICERS - CENSUS
  13. 06-042-CCU - BALLOT OF MEMBERS BELONGING TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME
  14. 06-041-CCU - EDUCATION AND INSPECTIONS BILL
  15. 06-040-O&A - WALES OFFICER - NUT CYMRU: VACANCY
  16. 06-039-CCU - COMPASS PAMPHLET
  17. u 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 £20 fee.
  18. u 06-037-EEO - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2006
  19. 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.
  20. 06-034-M&C - UNION MEMBERSHIP AWARD
  21. 06-033-E&EO - THE WHITE PAPER/EDUCATION BILL
  22. u ¤ 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.
  23. 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.
  24. u 06-029-E&EO - LEARNING TO BEHAVE - A CHARTER FOR SCHOOLS. Available on our website.
  25. ¤ 06-028-SALS - FROM MAs TO TLRs: PAY APPEALS AND PAY STATEMENTS
  26. 06-027-E&EO - ETHIOPIA TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION APPEAL
  27. 06-026-E&EO - EUROPEAN TRADE UNION SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE WITH CUBA AND LATIN AMERICA
  28. 06-025-O&A - ACTIVITY GRANT 2006
  29. u 06-024-M&C - ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 14-18 APRIL 2006 - TORQUAY
  30. 06-023-O&A - ARRANGEMENTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006, including voting on priority motions for Conference.
  31. 06-022-SALS - SCHOOL FUNDING 2006-07: Survey of budgetary situations in each Authority. Secretary has completed and returned questionnaire for Suffolk.
  32. 06-021 M&C - 2006 MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS: The full subscription for 2006 is £130.00
  33. 06-020 M&C - NEW TEACHERS’ RECRUITMENT MATERIALS 2006
  34. 06-019-M&C - MAILINGS TO STUDENTS
  35. 06-018-CCU - SERVICES DIRECTIVE: ETUC DEMONSTRATION STRASBOURG - TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2006
  36. 06-017-O&A - ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TORQUAY 2006 - PAYMENT OF CONFERENCE TRAVEL EXPENSES (Claim form for treasurer). Expenses rate for Secretaries=£90 per day.
  37. 06-016-H&S - HEALTH AND SAFETY BULLETIN NO 77
  38. CASEnotes: February 2005: MPs dispute that government plans means "Better Schools for All".
    Section B: Regional: Regional Office to report.
  39. ¤ 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.

  40. Section C: Division / Executive Committee:
  41. ¤ For AGM:Secretary's Annual Report for 2005-6
  42. 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.
  43. ¤ CYPD Staff changes: Many retirements are coming up. The new Area Directors have been appointed: Sally Simpkin, Vanessa Harvey-Samuel and Allan Cadzow.
  44. 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, Westley MS.
  45. ¤ 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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 below).
    3. 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 contribute £50.
  46. ¤ 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.
  47. Consultation Structure with County Council: See annual report.
  48. 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.
  49. Press contact has been frequent, including comments on the Welsh Assembly report re. drama billed as the Shakespeare kissing ban.
  50. Teacher Rep's Report. Andrew Guite reports on 24th Feb meeting of CYPD Scrutiny committee
  51. Health & Safety: Due to John's illness, there will be no report. John has asked Division to seek another H&S Representative.
  52. From TUC: Organising for Health and Safety, TUC guide.
    Section D: Local Associations
  53. 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 2006

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