Suffolk Division NUT
Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday June 20th 2012
Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel
(THIS PAGE IS UP-DATED regularly up to the day of the meeting)
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Latest Local News and Developments:
- None of the staff employed at Breckland Middle School have been appointed to the Free School taking over the building
- A new consultation is starting on the future of St Louis Middle School after the Schools Adjudicator overturned plans to close it early
- Appointments are being made this term for posts in the restructured EOTAS (lead tutors)
- EOTAS tutors will be placed on zero hours contracts w.e.f. Sept 2012, improving employee status & sick pay entitlement.
- SCC is inviting all staff on Grades 7 & 8 or Soulbury equivalents to apply for Voluntary Redundancy
- SCC has not defined which posts are considered "front line" or "indispensible" for VR
- In a separate exercise, SCC is seeking to reduce levels of Management to just 5 (from Chief Exec to front line)
- The NUT and NAHT are challenging a ruling by SOR HR that the LA will not pay safeguarding for a MS Leadership Spine Teacher who is appointed to a primary leadership post on lower points on the Leadership Spine. HR is saying the school should pay the safeguarded sum. The Unions say it should be covered by the terms of the Staffing Protocol and the LA should pay.
Circulars and Information From HQ
- EXECUTIVE NEWS 182 June 2012.
- EXECUTIVE NEWS 181A May 2012 (Amended)
- 12-123-EE - PETITION FOR JAILED PALESTINIAN FOOTBALLER:
On 22 July 2009, Mahmoud Sarsak was arrested at a checkpoint when he was on his way to the West Bank for a match with his national team. He was interrogated for 30 days and then imprisoned without any trial or a precise legal charge. Family and friends are not allowed to visit him. They do not know why he is being detained for already nearly three years - no charge, no trial. According to the Israeli government, he is an illegal combatant and, therefore, they can imprison him indefinitely. Israeli jails house around 4,000 Palestinian political prisoners, more than 300 of them ‘administrative detainees’ held without charge or trial. To protest against his condition and lack of civil liberties, the 25-year old footballer is on a hunger strike. He has not eaten for over 85 days and has lost approximately 30 kilos in weight. According to human rights organisation Addameer the situation of Mahmoud is critical. Mahmoud needs our support. Help call for Mahmoud Sarsak’s release by signing the petition at: http://www.theredcard.org/news/news-and-events?news=3410.
- 12-120-SC - UNION DIARIES 2012-2013:
cost £3.30 per copy (£3.00 if buying more than 50 copies.
- 12-122-SC - DIVISION VOTE AT THE EXECUTIVE MEETING – THURSDAY, 10 MAY 2012: re. joint action with the NASUWT.
- 12-121-SC - BALLOT ON PROPOSED CHANGES ON THE USE OF THE POLITICAL FUND: Was successful.
12-118-RM - DECLARATION OF EXECUTIVE BY-ELECTION:DISTRICT 15: CAMBRIDGESHIRE; NORFOLK; PETERBOROUGH; SUFFOLK: Following the appointment of Kendra Cogman to the position of Regional Officer - Eastern Region, which she will take up from 1 September 2012, a vacancy now exists on the Executive in electoral district 15.
- 12-117-SC - PAY AND CONDITIONS BALLOT – BULLETIN ONE:
Following the launch of the historic joint declaration with the NASUWT, the arrangements are now underway to ballot members for non-strike and strike action in defence of teachers’ pay, conditions and in defence of jobs and education funding. PLUS materials for Reps' briefings.
- 12-112-ECR - REVISED CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE FOR ENGLAND AND WALES (CESEW) POLICIES:
CESEW schools and colleges have been given the impression that the NUT has agreed its recently revised policies on discipline, capability, grievance and sickness. This is not the case and we are aware that, in particular, concerns have been raised about the capability policy.
- 12-111-EE - KICK IT OUT/NUT LAUNCH THINK AGAIN! - CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
- 12-109-ECR - PUBLICATION OF JOINT MODEL POLICY ON APPRAISAL : NUT, ATL AND NAHT
- 12-108-EE - INTERNATIONALISING LEARNING END OF PROJECT EVENT
- 12-107-E&E - THE ANTHONY WALKER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2012
- 12-106-E&E - YEAR ONE PHONICS SCREENING CHECK CAMPAIGN:
In the week beginning 18 June, all pupils in Yr 1 will be required to undertake a statutory test assessing their decoding skills in phonics. They will sit with their class teacher and be asked to read 40 words, 20 of which will be nonsense words. If they fail to achieve the required pass mark they will be deemed to have failed and their parents must be informed of this. These children will be required to retake the test in Year Two. In a survey of NUT members in March 2012, 83 per cent did not agree with its statutory implementation. 90% of teachers said that the test would provide them with no additional information on children’s phonic knowledge over and above their usual assessment. The NUT is opposing the Year One Phonics Screening Check because:
- phonics is not the only way of learning to read. It should be one of a range of approaches used by teachers;
- all children are different and this one size fits all approach is wrong
- testing at five is wrong
- the test is set up for children to fail as only 33 per cent of those in the pilot schools reached the required pass mark;
- the test will provide no additional information for teachers on children’s phonic knowledge beyond their regular assessment practices;
- the test is inappropriate for many children with special educational needs and English as an additional language;
- the test is a waste of time and money.
- 12-104-E&E - BAHRAIN: FREEDOM FOR BAHRAINI TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION (BTA) PRESIDENT
- 12-103-SSEE - STRB: REVIEW OF NATIONAL PAY ARRANGEMENTS/PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY:
NUT submission to the STRB rejects local pay and calls for the retention of the existing national pay structure; rejects any extension of PRP and calls for the removal of existing PRP provisions in teaching; and sets out a clear statement of NUT policy on teachers’ pay and conditions, including the need for a substantial pay increase for all teachers and the restoration of collective bargaining rights. The NUT has also made a joint submission on local pay with ASCL, ATL, NAHT, UCAC and Voice (note absence of NASUWT again) which includes two independent research reports conducted by the Labour Research Department and Incomes Data Services. No joint submission was possible on PRP because the NAHT has called for the extension of existing PRP provisions and other unions support the existing provisions to varying degrees. The current DfE submission puts forward a range of options, ranging from complete deregulation of teachers' pay to retention of the current structure but with greater PRP. It backs away from regional pay scales within the national pay structure but continues to advocate zonal pay arrangements for particular areas. Any of the options canvassed would, of course, substantially damage teachers' interests and the NUT will work to oppose their implementation.
- 12-102-SC/OM - LOBBYING LOCAL COUNCILLORS ON THE UNION’S PRIORITY CAMPAIGNS:
divisions and associations are advised to (a) write a short note to congratulate new councillors, as well as those who have been re-elected and (b)seek meetings as a matter of urgency with education and children’s services portfolio holders, even in those areas where elections did not take place.
- 12-101-S&C/O&M - AFFILATIONS AND DONATIONS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS:
Local officers are reminded that affiliations and donations to organisations must be in accordance with the Union’s Rules and, in particular, Rule 2(c) which states that: “The objects of the Union shall be to provide means for the co-operation of teachers and the expression of their collective opinion upon matters affecting the interests of education, the teaching profession and the Trade Union Movement.” Any decision by a division or local association to support an outside body by affiliation or donation must be taken at a quorate meeting of the division or association and a list of organisations receiving any financial support from local associations or divisions must be provided to local members on request.
- 12-100-SC - BRIEFING FOR DIVISION SECRETARIES: 29 MAY 2012.
- 12-099-EE - BLACK TEACHERS' CONFERENCE 2012
- 12-097-OM - A HANDBOOK FOR LOCAL TRAINING : 2012 EDITION
- 12-098-EE - STEPHEN LAWRENCE CHARITABLE TRUST APPEAL – A CALL FROM THE TUC.