Notes for Division Meeting: January 2005

Previous meeting (November 2004)

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

January 27th 2005 Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich

Apologies already recorded: For EC / Both: Hilary Bucky, Glenys Shepherd; Andrew Guite. Graham White will be late. For Council: None

u =Items for Executive Committee

¤ =Items for Division Council

Section A: National with National Executive Report

¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.

  1. NUT News 1: Bringing Down the Barriers. Major NUT Policy Statement, circulated in full in The Teacher.
  2. Executive News No. 111 (on pink)
  3. Executive News 112
  4. Soulbury info alert: The Soulbury Negotiating Committee has concluded (3 December 2004) the highest pay deal in local government so far this year. Forwarded to Soulbury Members.
  5. Commenting on Opposition Leader Michael Howard's plans to deal with disruptive children, Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "The Conservative Leader identifies the right issue but offers the wrong solution. .Teachers and the vast majority of young people do not want to see their lessons disrupted by unacceptable behaviour by a minority. But the proposal for privatised 'turnaround' schools could mean children were labeled for life. No child should be written off in this way. It assumes that one size fits all when that is clearly not the case. It is only local authorities that can co-ordinate and provide a wide range of supporting dealing with behavioural problems. What is needed is a wide range of provision from education authorities including help in mainstream schools with disruptive children and extending to pupil referral units and special schools. Currently when children are expelled, they are frequently admitted to another school. This change alone can often have the desired effect of turning their behaviour round. It does not result in the child being stigmatised nor in bureaucratic obstacles being placed in the way of their return to mainstream education"
    Circulars from HQ, etc:
  6. 05-019-SALS - SOULBURY PAYMENT AGREEMENT: NEW SALARY SCALES
    In the first year, Soulbury officers will receive a pay increase of 2.75 per cent from 1 September 2004 rising by a further 0.2 per cent from 1 April 2005. "
    In the second year the increase will be 2.95 per cent from 1 September 2005.
    In the third year the increase will be 2.95 per cent from 1 September 2006, or the inflation figure for 1 April 2006 if that is higher.  
  7. 05-021-O&A - ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TYNESIDE: EASTER 2005 PAYMENT OF CONFERENCE REPRESENTATIVES' TRAVEL EXPENSES: HQ rate for Secretaries is £90.00 per day for up to 5 days.
  8. 05-020-COS - BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE
  9. 05-018-EEO - CHILDREN ACT 2004 AND EVERY CHILD MATTERS: CHANGE FOR CHILDREN
  10. 05-017-CCU - PENSIONS CAMPAIGN: CONSULTATION AND BALLOT: A consultative survey of members to determine the type of action they would support in a formal ballot to take place as soon as possible. The survey will be analysed on a division by division basis. Members will be asked to indicate a preference for
    - One day strike action
    - Action short of strike action
    - Non industrial action campaigning activities
    The recommendation from the Union will be to support the strongest possible action, i.e. one-day strike action.
  11. 05-013/CCU: A serious fire occurred on 25 January 2005 at the NUT's National Training Centre, Stoke Rochford Hall. Major damage to the mansion was sustained but, thankfully, there were no casualties. NUT members booked on courses of Union training or professional development will be informed as soon as possible about the Union's arrangements following the fire.
  12. 05-012-M&C - MAILINGS TO STUDENTS
  13. 05-011-M&C - NEW TEACHERS' RECRUITMENT MATERIALS (local association arrangements)
  14. 05-010-EEO - LGBT HISTORY MONTH: FEBRUARY 2005
  15. 05-009-M&C - 2005 MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS
  16. u 05-008-M&C - ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 25-29 MARCH 2005 - PERSONAL ACCIDENT, LUGGAGE AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE
  17. 05-007-SUPN - PENSIONS INCREASE PAYABLE WITH EFFECT FROM 11 APRIL 2005
  18. 05-006-COS - 2004 COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
  19. 05-005-H&S - HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS' BULLETIN NO. 74
    " OFSTED Report on Outdoor Education
    " RoSPA Course on Risk Management
    " Number of Teacher Assaults Increasing
    " HIFEAC/SEAC Update
    Health and Safety Concerns in Science Practicals
    " 'The Union Effect' - TUC Report
    " HIV/AIDS
    " Healthy Living Blueprint for Schools
    " Corporate Manslaughter Bill Delayed
    " Work and Health Information Gateway
    " Information about Workers' Health
    " New Accident Book
    " Accidents and Injuries
    " Home to School Travel for SEN Pupils
    " TUC Safety Representatives' Survey
    " Workplace Smoking
    " Government Launches Rehabilitation Framework
    " Management Standards for Work-Related Stress
    " Occupational Voice Loss
    " Negligent Employers to Pay NHS Costs
    " Sprinklers in Schools
    The Role of the Health and Safety Adviser
    " MRSA Guidance
    " NUT Health and Safety Representatives' Course
    " NUT Health and Safety Circulars
  20. 05-004-EEO - NUT SEMINAR FOR EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS: 7 FEBRUARY 2005
  21. 05-003-EEO - NUT CPD PROGRAMME - SPRING 2005
  22. 05-002-O&A - Announcing the death of SIR EDWARD BRITTON, CBE on 3rd January, General Secretary of the NUT 1979-1975.
  23. u 05-001-CCU - TSUNAMI DISASTER - URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS: Secretary contacted all the officers for an emergency decision and it was agreed to send a cheque for £500 to the Education International Solidarity Appeal, via HQ. Send 12th Dec. EC to be asked to endorse this action.
  24. CIRCULAR INDEX 2004
  25. 04-224-SALS - PENSIONS CAMPAIGN
  26. 04-223-CCU - SWEATSHOPS AND GLOBALISATION - AN ACTIVIST RESPONSE, produced by No Sweat which campaigns against child and sweatshop labour. Associations and divisions are encouraged to provide further copies for school representatives. from No Sweat PO Box 36707 London SW9 8YA tel: 07904 431 959 e-mail: admin@nosweat.org.uk.
  27. ¤ 04-221-SALS - SCHOOL PAY POLICIES: Report on meetings of NUT and STRB:
    - NUT should be included in the RIG
    - Proposals on Management Allowances should be referred back
    - The RIG proposals on responsibility payments added unnecessary complexities, failed to address schools' needs and should be referred back for further consideration by all the parties.
    - The safeguarding proposals would hamper LEAs' ability to reorganise their services and unacceptably harm pension expectations and should be withdrawn.
    - The ETS was inappropriate and artificial and should be withdrawn.
    u Also a powerpoint presentation on what is happening to teachers' pay. Available for Association and School NUT Meetings.
  28. 04-220-EEO - EDUCATION REVIEW
  29. 04-219-EEO - UNION PUBLICATION - ON NEGOTIATING FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANS TEACHERS
  30. u 04-218-COS - BURGUNDY BOOK: NEOST Education Bulletin No 493 contained an invitation to LEAs to impose local worsened conditions of service re sick pay. Reported to the November Division Council meeting. At the time, the LEA had not received the circular. Suffolk LEA has now replied that it will not act unilaterally on either sick pay or maternity provisions.
  31. ¤ 04-217-SALS - UPPER SCALE PROGRESSION: ADDITIONAL NUT GUIDANCE
    " the "statutory guidance" (set out in Part 3 of the STP&CD) states that progression "should be based on two successful consecutive performance management reviews" which have shown that the teacher has "continued to meet threshold standards" and "grown professionally by developing their teaching expertise post threshold". The provisions of the statutory guidance do not, however, have the same status as the provisions of the Document itself. The Document provides at para 1.9 that LEAs and governing bodies are required to "have regard to the guidance". This means that LEAs and governing bodies must have good reason not to follow the guidance; but equally that they are not obliged to follow the guidance where there is good reason not to do so.
    This is of great importance in dealing with those cases where the terms of the statutory guidance are inappropriate or incapable of application, in particular where a performance management review has not taken place or should not have taken place because of the individual teacher's circumstances.
    Situations where the Statutory Guidance should be Set Aside Examples which have been raised with the NUT include: " teachers who are or have been on maternity leave or extended sick leave; " teachers on secondment for whom no PM arrangements have been put in place during the secondment (this includes many NUT division secretaries); and " teachers who have recently joined schools and whose previous schools have been unable or unwilling to provide information.
  32. 04-216-EEO - THRESHOLD APPLICATIONS IN ROUND 5 (2004-05) PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM THE NUT MEMBERS IN ENGLAND
  33. u 04-214- O&A (revised) - ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2005-TYNESIDE-FRIDAY 25 MARCH TO TUESDAY MARCH 2005: Nomination form for CBC, Creche facilities, Observer credentials; Order Form for Conference Documents.
  34. 04-213-SALS - SOULBURY PAY AGREEMENT
  35. u 04-212-M&C - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNION EDUCATION (IDUE) PROGRAMME: Applications invited from members/officers re, training to play an international development role. 22-24 April; 8-10 Jul or 18-20 November. Stoke Rochford Hall.
  36. 04-212-M&C - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNION EDUCATION (IDUE) PROGRAMME
  37. 04-211-O&A - CONFERENCE MOTIONS 2005: ARRANGEMENT OF AGENDA - FORM 110 (for associations only)
  38. 04-210-COS - HEATING IN SCHOOLS: annual reminder circular.
  39. u 04-205-M&C - RECRUITMENT OF NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS:
  40. Christine Blower nominated by Ipswich Assoc. John Bangs nominated by Bury St Edmunds and Waveney & Yoxford Association.
  41. 04-204-EEO - NUT CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING: TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY.
  42. 04-203-EEO - BRINGING DOWN THE BARRIERS -AN EDUCATION STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS: See NUT NEWS 1
  43. u 04-202-EEO - STANDARDS FUND 2005-2006:ETHNIC MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT (EMAG) AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (VCG) GRANT: forwarded to Derek Merrill for comment, advice.
  44. 04-200-O&A - VACANCY - NATIONAL APPEALS COMMITTEE: WALES - 2003-2007
  45. u 04-199-O&A - SUPPORT FOR LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS AND DIVISIONS - TASK GROUPS: t was agreed that the issues which should be in the remit of the task Group will be the following which arise from the 2003 and 2004 Conference motions.
    1. Improving support for local officers in their role of negotiating, casework, recruitment and membership retention, training and campaigning.
    2. Improving provision of information and training to school representatives.
    3. Identifying information on local developments which are of significance and reporting on these to the Executive.
    4. The application and use of information/communications technology, including the Web, to improve accessibility of information for negotiating, casework, recruitment and membership retention, training and campaigning. .
    5. Supporting the development of networks of health and safety representatives and advisers
    6. The achievement of minimum levels of facilities time.
    Glenys serves on this group.
  46. u From The Anti-SATs Alliance, Conference on 29th Jan at South Camden School, 11:30 - 15:00.
  47. CASE Notes, Issue 6 December 2004: Government fails to make the case for more changes.
    Section B: Regional:
  48. Regional Meetings at Newmarket held on 24th November and January 15th. Suffolk Report.
  49. Powerpoint presentation from Orbit First Step re. Key Worker Living Zone for Norfolk and Suffolk (and separate agents for Bury St Edmunds/Forest Heath districts). Also Leaflets available from Div Sec.
    Section C: Division / Executive Committee:
  50. Secretary sent an urgent circular to Reps in Upper/High and Middle Schools re. NQTs in shortage subjects needing to apply for repayment of student loans by November 30th, if they started work before September 1st (i.e. if they were employed for a few weeks in the summer term after qualifying. This is a ridiculous rule about which the Division has made representations to DfES and Secretary of State, without response.
  51. Circular on Round 5 of the Threshold FAXed to Upper. High and Middle Schools in December and January. First threshold appeal on the new arrangements due on Feb 2nd.
  52. Upper Pay Spine Progression: The Division has had its first UPS3 Appeal. Many schools struggling with the idea of "substantial and sustained contribution to the school" and insisting on "excellence" or defining "grown professionally". One case (SUS) of a headteacher expecting applications, and involving line managers in assessing staff on all 8 threshold standards, with a "grade". Memo from head indicated that only those with a lot of + grades would get UPS3. Felixstowe Primary Heads have used a document defining "excellence" and expecting to award UPS3 only to those who "stand out" from other post-threshold teachers.
  53. Suffolk LEA has failed to produce any guidance to line managers of unattached teachers, re. Upper Pay Spine Progression. There is therefore a variety of suggestions coming from those who are seeking to make that decision for their staff - and some a picking up similar ideas of "excellence" or imposing a 30% rationing, etc. Secretary has asked for a policy statement. None has arrived.
  54. Industrial Injury: Suffolk LEA has reneged on the agreement reached with County Secretaries in November 2003 and we have so far failed to obtain any redress from the Directorate. This means that the LEA still simply leaves staff signed off sick for stress, etc., to go into half pay. The agreement sought to provide a "without prejudice", third-party determination of the reasons for an illness, so that those injuries which are deemed to be industrial injuries are recognised as such, and as early as possible. In two cases now, the LEA has failed to put the agreed mechanism into action, and the Area Education Offices have not received instructions from County.
  55. From SCC - Developing New Roles and Relationships in Support of Children and Young People: 3 reports to go to Governing Bodies this term in advance of area briefings for heads and chairs which took place mid January, concerning the integration of public services for children and young people. The reports are on: (1) Children Act 2004 and children's future in Suffolk (Paper 05/1); National Change Programme for Education - Implications for schools in Suffolk (Paper 05/2); and The Extended Schools Initiative in Suffolk (Paper 05/3).
  56. Health & Safety and inclusion: Secretary has still not received any response from the County Solicitor concerning information on legal advice to schools where (a) a pupil with a history of violent behaviour has been re-admitted to a school and (b) where it is proposed to exclude a child who has a statement of SEN.
  57. In the first three weeks of this term there have been 5 serious cases of assault by pupils on teachers reported to the Secretary. In all cases, the Union is supporting staff and seeking satisfactory resolutions, using the Suffolk NUT's Anti-violence webpage. (CHS, ETMS, CHMS, RSS, BMS). Another case has been satisfactorily resolved (SHS). So far we have avoided the need to ballot for an industrial response.
  58. Health & Safety in Special Schools / Home Tuition: The LEA is adopting Suffolk NUT's risk assessments for pupils with a history of violent behaviour. Much work still needs to be done re. coordination when there are "managed moves" and to warn the new setting of the risks and hazards posed. In most cases, the EOTAS coordinator will be the person responsible for ensuring appropriate assessments are communicated on a "need to know" basis. Secretary is responding to a consultation document to schools, re. "managed moves", which at present ignores the work done by the risk assessment working party. Suffolk will in future seek to put difficult pupils in all schools, even those which are already subscribed, and schools which exclude will be financially penalised in order to pay a bonus to those which accept excluded children.
  59. Suffolk's Education Budget, 2005-6:
    1 + 4% on Table 3 per pupil formulae (directed by Government)
    2 An additional +1% on per pupil formulae for all primary schools (and years 5&6 in Middle) (designed, they say, to contribute to workforce reform - 10% PPA time)
    3 + 4% on sixth-form numbers
    4 +4% on Standards Grants
    5 It is proposed to use the "Transitional Support Grant" in 2005-6 to on Broadband installation, subject to DfES approval. This will mean schools not yet connected will not have to find anything from its delegated budget to contribute towards that cost, unless the school's c/f balance is above the LEA limit of £20,000 + 5%, in which case it might have to contribute up to £17,500, depending on how much above the limit the balances stand at.
    Schools standards grant has also been increased by 4% (and Suffolk has added £500 for small primaries less than 100 pupils). The rates are now:
    PRIMARY 2005-6 SECONDARY 2005-6
    Roll £ Roll £
    0-100 £10,900 0-600 £83,200
    100.5 - 200 £20,800 600.5 - 1200 £96,000
    200.5 - 400 £31,200 1200.5 - 1800 £116,480
    400.5 - 600 £46,800 1800.5 - 2400 £133,120
    600.5 - 800 £62,400 2400.5 + £149,760
    800.5 + £78,000    
           
    Special 0-100 £28,080 100.5+ £38,480
  60. Peasenhall: Secretary attended a meeting on Federation at Peasenhall on December 2nd. Maria Chapman, Tony Lewis and Sally Simpkins present. Presentation by head of Hevenham and Marsham schools.
  61. Travel Expenses and Advisory, etc., staff: LEA failed to inform administrators that those on teachers' and Soulbury contracts are not affected by the changes to travel rules introduced for NJC and Single Status staff. A new claim form was sent to indiscriminately, so some Advisory Teachers and other staff were wrongly told to comply with restrictions on mileage rates, etc. Secretary has pursued individual cases as well as sought resolution. No one wants to take responsibility for this and no one wants to take the decision to withdraw the new, misleading forms.
  62. u Section 188 notices: Current known notices are (a) for Easter: Barnby & North Cove, Eye Primary (resolved). For August: Blundeston P, Cliff Lane P, Combs Ford P, Gt Heath P, Leiston Middle, Leiston P, St Felix Middle, Sextons Manor P, Waldringfield P. Still nothing notice received from Gt Cornard US.
  63. ¤ Union Inspection Notice: The Headteacher concerned responded with an Action Plan which we have welcomed. Now necessary to monitor implementation and effectiveness. This process also led to the statement on Hepatitis B inoculation, below. The LEA is now investigating, and the Union is considering referring the matter to the HSE.
  64. Burgundy Book: Having reviewed the situation, Education Management Board has decided to take no action for the present. This decision applies equally to the employers' proposals in respect of maternity pay as well as sickness pay. The proposals were linked in the national negotiations and in our view that link remains.
  65. Inocculations against Hepatitis B: As a result of casework, the NUT has obtained a statement from the LEA that they will undertake blanked inoculation of at risk staff employed in Special Schools and PRUs, and the cost will be met centrally. Thereafter, all new appointees to such posts will be offered inoculation as a matter of course, but the school will have to meet the costs after the initial programme. Secretary FAXed this information as a Hepatitis circular to all Special Schools and PRUs in November.
  66. Specialist Support Centres (SSCs): Only half of the proposed 20 units are being set up: at St Gregory CEVCP Sudbury, Sidegate Primary Ipswich, Gorseland Primary Kesgrave, Maidstone Infant Felixstowe, Castle Hill Infant Ipswich, Castle Hill Junior Ipswich, Crowfoot Primary Beccles and Stradbroke High School (=10 centres, two of which are on the same site). The Secretary is to seek information on the fate of all former ASCs to gauge the overall loss of SEN provision in the County.
  67. Sue Thomas has taken over from Janet Bell as LEA office i/c NQTs.
  68. Glynis Tucker has replaced Diane Madden as Investigation and Referral Support Co-ordinator Norfolk / Suffolk. Contact: Room 20, Education Dept, County Hall, Martineau Lane, NORWICH, NR1 2DL Tel/FAX: 01502 715877
  69. Teacher Age Profile as at 1/9/00 (apparently the latest figures available from SCC):
      under 30 30-39 40-49 50+ Totals
    F/T 930 (19.4%) 1006 (21.0%) 1305 (27.3%) 1546 (32.30%) 4787
    P/T 64 343 462 592 1461
    Total 994 1349 1767 2138 6248
  70. Re-structuring of County Council (Directorate for Children and Young People).
  71. Planning for AGM: DRAFT Dates for Division EC and Council meetings, 2004-2005 (all are Thursdays)
    May 12th 2005 Belstead Brook Hotel Already agreed
    June 30th 2005 Belstead Brook Hotel Already agreed
    September 29th 2005 Belstead Brook Hotel  
    November 3rd 2005 Belstead Brook Hotel  
    January 26th 2006 Belstead Brook Hotel  
    March 2nd 2006 (AGM) Ipswich Area  
    May 18th 2006 Belstead Brook Hotel  
    June 29th 2006 Belstead Brook Hotel  

    Section E: Other Reports (County and Local Association):
  72. ¤ Teacher Representatives: TR Report November 2004 received and copied for meeting.
  73. ¤ Courses and Conferences:NUT CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING: TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY (Penny Cook and Andrew Guite).
  74. Student Recruitment:Up-date.
    Local Associations:
  75. Bury St Edmunds: Has made a donation of £500 to the Education International Tsunami appeal.
  76. Waveney & Yoxford Association organised a hustings meeting for the two candidates for Deputy General Secretary of the Union, John Bangs and Christine Blower, on 1st December at the Flixton Buck. Secretary did a FAX merge to publicise the meeting to other Associations and posted a map on the website.

Date of next meeting: AGM March 3rd 2005. The Edmunds Room, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

(Limited parking at the Cathedral - please keep Cathedral parking for the EC meeting at 17:30. For the main meeting at 19:00 please use Angel Hill / Chequers Square or on-street parking, which is free after 18:00)

Notes for Previous Meeting: September 2004

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