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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting (18:30 - 21:00)

Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich

Wednesday June 22nd 2011

Circulars from HQ, etc: 

  1. Executive News May 2011
  2. 11-089-S&C - STRIKE BULLETIN TWO
  3. 11-088-EC&R - REPORTING AND MONITORING OF ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOLS: questionnaire seeking information about arrangements in local authority schools since those schools have a duty to report accidents/incidents to the employer so that it can comply with its legal obligation to keep a record.  Academies, foundation and voluntary-aided schools have no duty to report to their local authority, though they may be able to choose to be part of the system.
  4. 11-087-EE - LAUNCH OF RESEARCH BY SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD: ‘THE BARRIERS TO TACKLING RACISM AND PROMOTING EQUALITY IN SCHOOLS’: Show Racism the Red Card has been conducting research to investigate issues of racism and inequality in the education system and to identify the barriers to tackling racism and promoting equality in schools.  They have conducted interviews with people working within the education system across four different geographical areas, undertaken a survey of teachers across the country and used evidence gathered through observation and journals which recorded the responses of young people and teachers engaging in anti-racist education. Some of their recommendations are set out below:
     
    • Training, which provides teachers with a thorough understanding of how to tackle racism and promote equality needs to be an integral part of initial teacher training.  If training is not provided, then it is unreasonable to expect that teachers will be able to deal with these issues in the classroom.
    • Pupils need to be provided with safe spaces to express their views and openly discuss and reflect on issues of ethnicity and racism so that they have an opportunity to learn about difference, dispel misinformation and create school environments where pupils value diversity and difference and every pupil feels safe and able to achieve.
    • The Government needs to adopt a policy which is underpinned by social justice and does not allow negative, false media discourse to dominate the public and media debate.
  5. 11-086-SSEE - RETIRED TEACHERS’ CONVENTION 2011: Tuesday, 11 October at Hamilton House.  The theme of the Convention will be the Government’s continuing cuts agenda and attacks on teachers’ pensions.
  6. 11-085-ECR - LÖFSTEDT REVIEW OF HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS: The Government is currently undertaking a review of all health and safety legislation, with a view to reducing the supposed ‘burden’ on UK employers.  The review is being led by Professor Löfstedt of King’s College, London, supported by an advisory panel. This review is part of the current onslaught on health and safety that began with the publication of Lord Young’s report ‘Common Sense: Common Safety’ last year.  Schools are in the thick of this onslaught because they are deemed to be ‘low risk’.  It has already been announced that pro-active HSE inspections in schools will cease – meaning that, from now on, schools will never receive an unannounced inspection from the HSE.
  7. 11-084-SC - STRIKE BULLETIN ONE
  8. 11-083-SC - PENSION BALLOT RESULT:
  9. Total number of ballot papers returned:             84,469         (turnout 40.4%)
    Total number of spoiled papers:                                65
    Number voting ‘YES’                                            77,681
    Number voting ‘NO’                                               6,723
    Percentage voting ‘YES’                                          92%

  10. 11-081-S&C - PENSION BALLOT - BULLETIN FOUR
  11. 11-080-EE - TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA IN SPORT
  12. 11-078-SC - PENSION BALLOT – BULLETIN THREE
  13. 11-079-ECR - HEALTH AND SAFETY WORKING GROUP
  14. 11-077-EE - LAUNCH OF ‘THE CASE FOR A LEARNERS’ CHARTER FOR SCHOOLS’ - BY PROFESSOR GUS JOHN
  15. 11-076-EE - FOCUS GROUP FOR ASIAN MEMBERS
  16. 11-075-SC - NUT POCKET DIARY
  17. 11-074-RM - CONFERENCE 2011 – DELEGATE VOTING ANALYSIS AND CBC ELECTION RESULT
  18. 11-073-EE - THE ANTHONY WALKER MEMORIAL LECTURE: Anthony Walker was a Black British A level student from Huyton, Merseyside, a churchgoer and a keen basketball player.  He was murdered in a brutal, racially motivated attack on 30 July 2005.  The crime shocked Anthony’s community, as well as the people of Liverpool, and gained widespread national publicity.  The perpetrators were brought to justice and received lengthy prison sentences.  An annual lecture has been instituted in the name of Anthony Walker, which focuses on issues relating to race education in the UK.  The fifth Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture will take place at the Council House in Bristol on Friday, 21 October, 2011 at 5pm.  The lecture is hosted in conjunction with the Walker family and the Anthony Walker Foundation.
  19. 11-072 - SSEE - PENSIONS UPDATE – SUMMER TERM 2011: The Union will respond to the Green Paper ‘A state pension for the 21st Century’, which consults on a radical simplification of the state pension system and the most appropriate mechanism for determining future changes to the state pension age.  Our response will emphasise the serious weaknesses in the Government’s proposals which involves an increase in the basic state pension to around £140 a week but which excludes existing pensioners from the new proposals.  The Government’s plans to scale back or abolish ‘contracting-out’ of the state second pension would have a hugely damaging impact on occupational pensions, including public sector schemes.
  20. 11-070-S&C - HEARTH BULK E-MAIL
  21. 11-069-SC - GUARDIAN ARTICLE ON PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS – 20 MAY 2011: an article in The Guardian with details of a leaked Treasury document setting out the Government proposals for public sector pensions (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/19/public-sector-pension-cuts-retirement. ) The paper confirms the Government’s intention to abandon the current Teachers' Pension Scheme.  It wants to introduce a new ‘career average pay’ scheme, reducing teachers’ pensions by a massive amount.
  22. 11-068-S&C - PENSION BALLOT – BULLETIN TWO
  23. 11-066-EC&R - WORK LIFE BALANCE MODEL POLICY: A model work/life balance policy for schools is now available on Hearth and teachers.org, in the workload campaign section, at: www.teachers.org.uk/workload.
  24. 11-067-O&M - ACTIVITY GRANTS AND THE PENSIONS CAMPAIGN
  25. 11-065-RM - ELECTIONS FOR OFFICERS OF THE UNION - 2012-2014 (SENIOR AND JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND TREASURER INCLUDING THE EXAMINERS OF ACCOUNTS)
  26. 11-064-RM - TIMETABLES FOR THE ELECTIONS FOR: OFFICERS OF THE UNION (SENIOR AND JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER AND EXAMINER OF ACCOUNTS) AND EXECUTIVE MEMBERS 2012-2014
  27. 11-062-E&E - BLACK TEACHERS' CONFERENCE 2011: Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham, on Saturday, 5 November and Sunday, 6 November 2011.
  28. 11-061-E&E - URGENT ACTION APPEAL - TURKEY
  29. 11-060-EC&R - NUT HEALTH AND SAFETY WORKING GROUP: 2010-2012
  30. 11-059-RM - ARRANGEMENTS FOR EQUALITY CONFERENCES TO SUBMIT A MOTION TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012
  31. 11-058 -RM -  EXECUTIVE BY-ELECTION - DISTRICT 5

Assistant Secretary's Report
  1. Dispute lodged against SCC.  The NUT has lodged a dispute with SCC concerning their unilateral imposition of a change in Conditions of Service for our Soulbury members, seeking to reduce safeguarding of salary on redeployment from three years to one year. See Separate report prepared for CYP Forum.
  2. Travel Expenses - a second Dispute is in preparation, to be supported by AEP and ASPECT.  SCC has made a unilateral change in Conditions of Service re. travel expenses for Soulbury (and Single Status) staff.   Dispute is requesting status quo pending negotiations.
  3. Early Years Teams: The NUT successfully challenged SCC to redeploy all Soulbury NUT members in the EY teams.  The members who were originally left without jobs were subsequently appointed. 
  4. Children Centre Teachers: Some have taken Voluntary Redundancy.   Some others have obtained Single Status posts in the EY teams, on safeguarded salaries.   However, the LA intends to start them on their SS contracts on 1st July, depriving them of their July and August pay and pension contributions, not to mention the school holiday.   The LA is claiming that they do not have to work their notice because they have accepted a new post.  MG has written setting out clearly the legal situation and requesting discussions on how to resolve the "non-standard" situation that the LA finds themselves in.  HR are still refusing to provide these teachers with the teaching vacancies list.
  5. The NUT believes that it has at last solved the mystery of the insistence by SOR HR that those on leadership spine cannot have their salaries safeguarded when their school closes if all they can find is a classroom post.  An e-mail from HR to a member in Lowestoft quotes the Single Status condition whereby only posts one level below the employee's current grade can count for safeguarding. Of course, teachers' safeguarding is actually governed by national conditions of service in the STP&CD which makes no such stipulation. The Union is pursuing this at all levels.
  6. More evidence has arisen of the LA/HR reneging on the 2005 Industrial Injury Agreement and refusing to make an initial assessment, or to call in the ad hoc Panel to make a recommendation if OH is not able to decide.  This matter is still pending.
  7. EOTAS: Adrian Orr reported to CYP Forum that all the existing group tuition centres bar one are to remain under LA control.  The one that is going to be privatised is a KS1 centre in Ipswich which has proved very difficult.  This is to be taken over by CfBT.  Existing staff there are being offered work alternative (and no doubt less demanding) alternative work.  However, private operators including 4rce are to open three new centres, in Ipswich, BSE and Lowestoft, which will effectively be extra PRU places.  The LA say that these are offered on a "zero placement" basis and the operators will have to find the premises and staff.   There is therefore no need to transfer any staff (TUPE).
  8. The mileage rate for LG travel expenses has risen to 45p pm.  The JNC has been informed that this should apply to the teachers' travel scheme, too.  Has this actually reached school heads and bursars?
  9. The GRTAS for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children will cease at the end of this term.   Some of the existing staff may be offering their services either freelance or via the supply pool run by SCC.
  10. Circulars and local details of the Pensions Campaign are posted on a new webpage on our site. 

Date of next meeting: September 21st 2011 Ipswich