Notes for Division Meeting: January
meeting (November 2004)
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
January 27th 2005 Belstead Brook
Apologies already recorded: For
EC / Both: Hilary Bucky, Glenys Shepherd; Andrew Guite. Graham White will be
late. For Council: None
for Executive Committee
¤ =Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- NUT News 1: Bringing Down the
Barriers. Major NUT Policy Statement, circulated in full in The
- Executive News No. 111
- Executive News
- 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.
- 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:
- 05-019-SALS - SOULBURY PAYMENT AGREEMENT: NEW
| 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.
- 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.
- 05-020-COS - BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE
- 05-018-EEO - CHILDREN ACT 2004 AND EVERY CHILD
MATTERS: CHANGE FOR CHILDREN
- 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
The recommendation from the Union will be to
support the strongest possible action, i.e. one-day strike action.
| - One day strike action
|- Action short of strike action
|- Non industrial action campaigning
- 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.
- 05-012-M&C - MAILINGS TO STUDENTS
- 05-011-M&C - NEW TEACHERS' RECRUITMENT
MATERIALS (local association arrangements)
- 05-010-EEO - LGBT HISTORY MONTH:
- 05-009-M&C - 2005 MEMBERSHIP
- u 05-008-M&C
- ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 25-29 MARCH 2005 - PERSONAL ACCIDENT, LUGGAGE AND
- 05-007-SUPN - PENSIONS INCREASE PAYABLE WITH
EFFECT FROM 11 APRIL 2005
- 05-006-COS - 2004 COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE
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
" 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
- 05-004-EEO - NUT SEMINAR FOR EDUCATIONAL
PSYCHOLOGISTS: 7 FEBRUARY 2005
- 05-003-EEO - NUT CPD PROGRAMME - SPRING
- 05-002-O&A - Announcing the death
of SIR EDWARD BRITTON, CBE on 3rd January, General Secretary of the NUT
- 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.
- CIRCULAR INDEX 2004
- 04-224-SALS - PENSIONS
- 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:
04-221-SALS - SCHOOL PAY POLICIES: Report on meetings of NUT and
u Also a
powerpoint presentation on what is happening to teachers' pay. Available for
Association and School NUT Meetings.
- NUT should be included in
- 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.
- 04-220-EEO - EDUCATION REVIEW
- 04-219-EEO - UNION PUBLICATION - ON
NEGOTIATING FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANS TEACHERS
- 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.
04-217-SALS - UPPER SCALE PROGRESSION: ADDITIONAL NUT
|" 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
|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.
- 04-216-EEO - THRESHOLD
APPLICATIONS IN ROUND 5 (2004-05) PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM THE NUT MEMBERS IN
- 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.
- 04-213-SALS - SOULBURY PAY
- 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.
- 04-212-M&C - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
UNION EDUCATION (IDUE) PROGRAMME
- 04-211-O&A - CONFERENCE MOTIONS 2005:
ARRANGEMENT OF AGENDA - FORM 110 (for associations only)
- 04-210-COS - HEATING IN SCHOOLS: annual
- u 04-205-M&C
- RECRUITMENT OF NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS:
- Christine Blower nominated by Ipswich Assoc.
John Bangs nominated by Bury St Edmunds and Waveney & Yoxford
- 04-204-EEO - NUT CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT
FOR LEARNING: TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY.
- 04-203-EEO - BRINGING DOWN THE
BARRIERS -AN EDUCATION STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS: See NUT
04-202-EEO - STANDARDS FUND 2005-2006:ETHNIC MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT (EMAG)
AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (VCG) GRANT: forwarded to Derek Merrill for comment,
- 04-200-O&A - VACANCY - NATIONAL APPEALS
COMMITTEE: WALES - 2003-2007
- 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.
Glenys serves on this
| 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
- u From The
Anti-SATs Alliance, Conference on 29th Jan at South Camden School, 11:30 -
- CASE Notes, Issue 6 December 2004: Government
fails to make the case for more changes.
Section B: Regional:
- Regional Meetings at Newmarket held on 24th
November and January 15th. Suffolk Report.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Suffolk's Education Budget,
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:
||+ 4% on Table 3 per pupil formulae (directed
||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)
||+ 4% on sixth-form numbers
||+4% on Standards Grants
||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.
|100.5 - 200
||600.5 - 1200
|200.5 - 400
||1200.5 - 1800
|400.5 - 600
||1800.5 - 2400
|600.5 - 800
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sue Thomas has taken over from Janet
Bell as LEA office i/c NQTs.
- 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
- Teacher Age Profile as at 1/9/00
(apparently the latest figures available from SCC):
- Re-structuring of County Council
(Directorate for Children and Young People).
- Planning for AGM: DRAFT Dates
for Division EC and Council meetings, 2004-2005 (all are Thursdays)
|May 12th 2005
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|June 30th 2005
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|September 29th 2005
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|November 3rd 2005
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|January 26th 2006
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|March 2nd 2006 (AGM)
|May 18th 2006
||Belstead Brook Hotel
|June 29th 2006
||Belstead Brook Hotel
Section E: Other Reports
(County and Local Association):
- ¤ Teacher Representatives:
November 2004 received and copied for meeting.
- ¤ Courses and Conferences:NUT CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT FOR
LEARNING: TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY (Penny Cook and Andrew Guite).
- Bury St Edmunds: Has made a
donation of £500 to the Education International Tsunami
- 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
merge to publicise the meeting to other Associations and posted a
map on the
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: