Suffolk Division NUT
Information for Division AGM on Wednesday 5th March 2014
Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich 18:30 for 19:00
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Circulars and Information From HQ & Executive
- Executive News 197 Jan 2013
Privatisation Update Number 40 – February 2014
- Press release from NUT re. STRB Report: "The STRB has delivered Michael Gove a huge blow by rebuffing his recommendations for further attacks on teachers’ conditions and pay. Michael Gove sought to persuade the STRB that the teachers’ contract undermined professionalism and that the provisions were over-prescriptive. He failed on all counts. Instead the STRB recognised the strength of the NUT’s arguments about excessive workload levels and recommended the retention of working time limits, PPA time in its current form and the ‘rarely cover’ provision. In a further blow to Gove, the STRB has recommended retaining Teacher and Learning Responsibility Payments (TLRs) and Special Educational Needs (SEN) allowances, resisting further deregulation of pay. The STRB rejected proposals to remove the current safeguarding provisions which protect teachers.
It is a testament to the campaigning of teachers, and NUT members in particular, that the Secretary of State has found it impossible to ignore the STRB recommendations. While it is a real victory, it does not change the current working lives of teachers. Workload remains much too burdensome and two out of five teachers leave in the first five years; many others are considering giving up; and who knows how many are choosing not to join the profession, given the intolerable pressures on teachers.
Michael Gove now needs to sit down and engage seriously in constructive talks with the NUT to resolve the issues surrounding our dispute. The strike action on March 26 can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and progress is made towards resolution. The decision is his.”
e-Bulletin Feb 7th includes: NQT Behaviour Management Tips EmailsThe Union emails weekly behaviour management tips to NQT members. Please encourage any NQT members not receiving them to update their email address online here or call 0845 300 1666 or 020 7380 6366. If they are not in membership please ask them to join online or by calling the number above. NQTs will need to : arrange to pay their NUT subscription by direct debit - just £1 for 2014.
- e-Bulletin Jan 17th: NUT response to proposals announced by the Labour Party attracted significant media coverage. The General Secretary was interviewed on Radio 4’s Today Programme. Deputy General Secretary spoke to Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Breakfast. The Union’s press release in response to Tristram Hunt’s speech can be found here.
e-Bulletin Jan 20th:
PENSIONS, PAY AND CONDITIONS CAMPAIGN UPDATE,
Victory for the NUT in Islington in gaining recognition at Stem6 Free School, Current membership offers here, Representatives’ Online Tool at https://www.teachers.org.uk/yourmembers, National Education Conference 2014: 5/6 July 2014.
Circulars from HQ:
- 14-005 - RM Annual Conference 2014, Brighton: The National Union will meet the travel expenses of up to two delegates from each association/division attending Annual Conference and these expenses should be the standard class rail fare taking advantage of concessionary rates where available. HQ allowance for Secretaries, etc is £100 per day.
Report from MG, EOTAS and Soulbury Caseworker:
- Secretary met with Sue Cook, CYP Director, over half term re. her attempt to "ban" MG from attending meetings with two named officers, because she claimed that MG's raising of issues and insistance on procedures being properly implemented was "harassing" them. SC removed the general "ban" she sought to impose (for which she had of course no authority) but still insisted that MG was not to e-mail the two officers and those two officers would not attend meetings at which MG was present.
- MG has reported these actions to some County Councillors, as a kind of insurance policy, and has written to SC pointing out that she had never actually met with, spoken or written to MG direct, and setting out his viewpoint but offering to have any genuine complaints taken up via appropriate procedures, including arbitration by ACAS.
- MG has put in a Freedom of Information request on behalf of the Division re. the names of persons who are Chairs of the Management Boards of all PRUs, and the names of all Managers of those PRUs which are taking on the Management of EOTAS staff (Kingsfield, Parkside, Attic and St Christophers). We have had to go to a FoI because GG said that the information was protected by the Data Protection Act. We believe that to be yet another bit of legal opinion from SCC and will challenge it.
- Given the reluctance of any officers of CYP or SCC to take any radical action to improve EOTAS (or indeed Education in Suffolk!), I have been fostering liaison with any of the County Councillors who are supporting our approach. This is so far limited to Lib Dem, Labour and Green members. The majority group seem to be simply supporting the mistakes and ineffective leadership of the Cabinet and the top officers, who seem bereft on any actually effective ideas.
- As the EOTAS teams officially transfer to being managed and employed by 4 PRUs in the county, there is still uncertainty over the position of some of the ZH staff. EOTAS Management still believes that they can manage staff who are actually employed by PRUs which have the same status as Community Schools. There remains at least one team of ZH teachers who are not managed by a Headteacher. It has recently emerged that teachers in the Behaviour Support Service are also working in a grey area where they do not have a headteacher to undertake their Performance Management, etc. EOTAS management have learnt nothing from the gun incident about the Governance of education staff!
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