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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday 19th June 2013

Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich   18:30 for 19:00

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Circulars and Information From HQ

  1. 13-099-SSEE - RETIRED TEACHERS' CONVENTION 2013: the Retired Members’ Convention 2013 will be held on 8 October at Hamilton House. It will look at the issues facing members in retirement, including pensions and tax issues, as well as education topics.
  2. 13-098-RM - DATA PROTECTION PROCEDURES - REMINDER of Union's policy and procedures.
  3. 13-096-ECR - CRB CHECKS AND THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS' ACT REVISTED: From 29 May 2013, the DBS will be removing/filtering certain old and minor offences from criminal record certificates issued from this date. For teachers, it will mean that any cautions, reprimands, or warnings issued six years ago or more (where the teacher was 18 or over at the time) or issued two years ago or more (where the teacher was under 18 at the time) will no longer be disclosed in the criminal record certificate unless they relate to one or more offences contained in a prescribed List. The prescribed List may be found on the DBS website at: www.gov.uk/dbs, together with a summary of the filtering rules and the DBS filtering guidance.  Convictions obtained more than 11 years ago (where the teacher was 18 or over at the time) or five and a half years ago (where the teacher was under 18 at the time) will not be disclosed in a criminal record certificate provided certain conditions are met and the conviction does not relate to any offences contained in the prescribed List.
  4. 13-095-ECR - REGULATORY CASEWORK UPDATE: Guidance on Hearth re:
  5. 13-097-S&C - PAY, PENSIONS AND CONDITIONS:JOINT NUT/NASUWT CAMPAIGN: Members are being asked to participate in the following solidarity activities to support the strike in the North West of England on 27 June 2013: • Wear a campaign sticker to work on the day. NUT representatives will have stickers in schools/colleges before the day. • Take photos of members in your school/college wearing stickers or displaying a message of support and send them to: photos@nut.org.uk. • Email your MP about the campaign and why you support the action - www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/protect-teachers.
  6. 13-094-SC - NUT DELEGATION TO PALESTINE: (27 October to 2 November 2013).  The visit is intended to be informative and awareness-raising. The delegation will be staying in East Jerusalem and the itinerary will include meetings with a range of organisations based in the West Bank and Israel and fact-finding trips to areas including Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah and Nazareth.    The delegation will comprise of five members of the National Executive and five regional/Wales delegates.  Division is invited to nominate a Regional representative.
  7. 13-092-S&C - TURKEY: STOP POLICE VIOLENCE
  8. 13-091-EE - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: 13-14 JULY 2013: with the theme Does Every Child Still Matter? Speakers will include:
  9. 13-090-EE - PRIDE MARCHES AND PRIDE STALLS IN SUMMER 2013
  10. 13-089-SC - IMPORTANT UPDATE ON PAY POLICY IMPLEMENTATION: NUT has produced a commentary on the NAHT Model Pay Policy and the ASCL guidance on pay arrangements in schools, on Hearth.
  11. 13-085-EE - DfE ANNOUNCEMENT ON FREE SCHOOLS OPENING IN 2014 AND BEYOND: + press release re. DfE published details of 102 new free schools that have been approved to open from 2014 and beyond.
  12. 13-084-SC - MICHAEL GOVE'S ATTACK ON THE JOINT PAY CHECKLIST: Gove wrote to schools following circulation of a NUT/NASUWT Pay Policy Checklist into schools, enclosing information about where he considers the NASUWT/NUT Checklist fails to meet statutory requirements. It is not the case that our Joint Pay Policy fails to meet statutory requirements and the NUT has today written to Gove robustly defending the legality of our Checklist and the Model Pay Policy.   Details on Hearth. The Government is clearly rattled by the joint campaign and the potential widespread adoption of the Joint Pay Policy. DfE advice on the NUT/NASUWT Pay Checklist refers repeatedly to the restrictions and limitations that the adoption of the Pay Policy would place upon school managers in ‘flexibility to recruit, retain and reward’. This demonstrates the Government’s real motivation in their efforts to dismantle national pay and conditions – to achieve flexibility in pay arrangements with an inevitable downward pressure on teachers’ pay.
  13. 13-083-EE - BLACK TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: 8-10 NOVEMBER 2013
  14. 13-082-SC - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING: MONDAY 20 MAY 2013
  15. 13-080-SC - PETITION TO FREE OMAR COMBITA
  16. 13-081-SC - JOINT NUT/NASUWT MODEL PAY POLICY
  17. 13-079-RM - ELECTIONS FOR OFFICERS OF THE UNION -2014-2016 (SENIOR, JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND TREASURER AND EXAMINERS OF ACCOUNTS)
  18. 13-078-RM - CONFERENCE 2013 - DELEGATE VOTING ANALYSIS AND CBC ELECTION RESULT
  19. 13-076-SC - ROBIN HOOD TAX: urges associations and divisions to support the petition to stop George Osborne’s legal challenge against the Robin Hood Tax. 11 countries in Europe pledged to introduce Robin Hood Taxes - netting a combined £30 billion. Those taxes are now under threat from our government.  These taxes were the result of European leaders listening to the millions of ordinary people demanding the banks pay their fair share. After losing the moral and practical arguments, George Osborne is now resorting to a desperate legal challenge to try and block these countries from introducing their own taxes.  Please sign the petition to stop George Osborne from ruining the Robin Hood Tax party in Europe: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=142&ea.campaign.id=20299
  20. 13-077-SC - BAHRAIN: RELEASE MAHDI 'ISSA ABU DHEEB

Report from MG, EOTAS and Soulbury Caseworker:
  1. EOTAS Review : Very little has happened since the April 19th Conference.  With no sense of urgency, the Review Board is now setting up a number of Task and Finish Groups which are charged with putting forward ideas for improvements.  In the meantime EOTAS Management continues much as before.  MG has agreed to collate the EOTAS Staff Handbook, as this has proved too difficult for Management to organise.  They are not even trying to get anything sorted for this academic year or the start of next year - they are talking of another Conference in the Autumn.
  2. In the meantime and without any consultation, the LA has decided to charge schools £225 per day (£45 per hours) for tuition of pupils unable to attend school for medical reasons.  we are getting reports that EOTAS is charging schools £45 an hour.  NACRO only charges £65 per day.  Schools are already opting out and deciding either to take the cheaper option or employ their own tutors.
  3. EOTAS: Belle Vue: At last the LA has admitted that it could have kept the Belle Vue centre open for the Yr 11 pupils to complete their exams without disruption.  Up to now, we have written statements from the LA that they had to relinquish the lease at Belle Vue.  NUT enquiries established that this was not true.  We still have no apology for misleading union and staff.  We are pursuing the matter of openness and honesty somewhat relentlessly.
  4. EOTAS: 4'rce. The LA have also at last admitted that there is not a protocol to govern the arrangements for working with outside providers.  They are hinting that the Task and Finish Groups should work this out for the Authority.
  5. Appraisal and PM documents for the cycle 2012 - 2013 were at last circulated in early June, including a request for threshold applications to be made by May (i.e. retrospective!). No training for appraisers has been provided and there is no budget.  LA has failed to respond to our questions on this.
  6. The Pay Policy has also been published in June, with a structure plan which was supposed to be the original structure of Sept 2012, but is not accurate, of course.  It is not possible to work our from the structure who your Appraiser would be.
  7. Hospital Teacher, West Suffolk: Although no further moves have been made to remove this 0.5 post, the structure plan does include that post.  The LA had previously denied that there was such a post and so it did not need a separate job description.  They have tried to use the Hospital Teacher as another teacher to be allocated any work they wish.
  8. Soulbury: The review of the Sensory and Communciations Team has happened - with no consultation or input from the Soulbury Unions, as had been promised.  Same old same old.
  9. The Union is supporting members in two grievances against EOTAS management.  In one, we are alleging wrongful suspension, and are making inroads into the LA's original offence.  As part of the case, the member has requested a copy of the minutes of a Child Protection strategy meeting.  This has proved difficult to obtain in the past, but this time CYP Management has agreed that it should be released and the grievance procedure is in abeyance awaiting the information requested.  We remain to see how much the document will be redacted.  The grievance revolves around the use of unreliable reports from managers, failing to apply LA procedures re. the threshold for suspension, using the wrong procedures and inept handling of interviews, etc.  For example, the member received three separate suspension letters, each of them giving separate reasons! In the event, they were all shown to be biased and prejudicial views, with no actual basis in fact, and even giving as a reason for suspending an individual that "some staff" were believed to have ignored CP procedures.  I.e. suspending one individual, because someone in the group, might have done something wrong!  This is the kind of personnel management we have to deal with in EOTAS.

 


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