Notes for Division Meeting: March
Previous meeting (January
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
3rd 2005 St Edmunds Room, Bury St Edmunds
Cathedral Conference Centre
Apologies already recorded: For
EC / Both: For Council: Annie Pickess
for Executive Committee
¤ =Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- Executive News 114,
February 2005 (duplicated on pale orange)
- Executive News 113,
- NUT News 6: Bad News Day: STRB Report
- NUT News 4: Your Pension: Stepping up the
- u NUT News no.3: Ofsted
complaints hotline: The NUT's call for an OFSTED complaints hotline has
been supported by the Schools Inspection Adjudicator and agreed by the Chief
Inspector. NUT General Secretary, Steve Sinnott comments The NUT's call for an
OFSTED complaints hotline has been supported by the SchoolsInspection
Adjudicator and agreed by the Chief Inspector. The NUT has sought consistently
to protect teachers from inaccurate and unfair school inspections. TheNUT's
campaign to remove the punitive aspects of school inspections highlighted
itsdemand for an effective complaints procedure for teachers, head teachers and
schools. INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL The Minister of Education announced the new
OFSTED procedure in the House of Lords. Schools with concerns about
inspections, including the "emerging findings",would have access to a
helpline where they could discuss those concerns "with aprofessional who
is independent of the inspection team". PURSUING MEMBERS' COMPLAINTS The
NUT will be able to pursue complaints on behalf of members. NUT members willbe
given guidance on the new procedures when the new hotline is in place. FURTHER
STEPS NECESSARY Through the Education Bill, the NUT is pressing for the Schools
Inspection Adjudicator to have additional powers. She should be able to correct
the content ofinaccurate inspection reports and to rule on the conduct of
inspections. NUT General Secretary, Steve Sinnott, said: "NUT members will
welcome the development of an OFSTED hotline. The acceptance of the NUT's
initiative will address the injustice felt by teachers and headteachers
subjected to unfair inspections. The NUT has given the highest priority
toprotecting members from unfair inspections. This is a success for the Union
and wewill press further for schools to have full redress for all aspects of
inaccurate andunfair inspections."
- NUT News no. 2 Under Threat
- Up-date on Pensions Ballot. NUT members may
subsequently be balloted formally on the action supported in their divisions.
Where possible, the action will be coordinated with other unions. The three
campaign proposals for action refer to the same day, a date yet to be
announced. The three campaign proposals are: OPTION 1: ONE DAY STRIKE,
UNSUSTAINED; OPTION 2: A DAY OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF STRIKE ACTION,
UNSUSTAINED; OPTION 3: CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES SHORT OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION. Such
is the threat to teachers' pensions, i.e., the Government's proposal to raise
thenormal pension age from 60 to 65, that the NUT Executive is urging members
to support the strongest possible action, a one day strike. NUT members wanting
to intensify the Union's campaign can vote 'YES' to one, two or all three
campaign proposals. WHO IS BEING SURVEYED? The NUT is seeking responses from
NUT members who are in full or part-time service and whose pensions are within
the Teachers' Pension Scheme. SUPPLY AND AGENCY TEACHERS, however, are not
included in the survey. According to circumstances, they may be included in
subsequent formal ballots.
- The Teacher on line: You can now get an
on-line version of The Teacher. You can ask for these via
www.teachers.org.uk. You will be sent
an e-mail of the leader article and can then click for an internet connection
to read in the main articles.
- Commenting on the Government's decision on
recommendations from the School Teachers' Review Body, Steve Sinnott said:
"Overall the proposed changes to the teachers' salary structure fail to
meet the needs of schools. "Thousands of teachers face a pay cut and loss
of status as a result of the Government's introduction of teaching and learning
responsibility payments. Those teachers are currently in receipt of management
allowances which are to disappear under this new scheme. The change will also
create unnecessary upheaval in schools. As the second largest organisation of
headteachers, the Union is well aware that the Excellent Teachers Scheme
creates an arbitrary and false dichotomy between ETS holders and those teachers
with professional leadership responsibilities. Teachers with professional
leadership responsibility and associated payments will not understand why they
should be excluded from the ETS and there will be problems inrelating such
posts to management roles. The intention to limit safeguarding to three years
will make the already difficult job of reorganising schools still more thorny.
The Review Body recommended that the NUT should be included without
pre-condition in all future talks on teachers' pay and salary structure. It
also recommended the Union's inclusion in discussion on teachers' professional
development The Government has yet to accept these recommendations. The Union
will strongly demand that they are implemented and the Union fully involved in
- White Paper on 14-19 education Commenting on the
White Paper on 14-19 education published today by Education Secretary Ruth
Kelly, Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the UK's biggest teachers' union,
the NUT, said: "This looks like a failure of nerve by Government. The
Tomlinson Report attracted are markable degree of consensus ranging from the
Chief Inspector of Schools to all organisations representing teachers.
"His report made it clear that if there are two separate routes for
students divided on academic and vocational lines, then a two tier system will
continue to be embedded. "I cannot see the Russell Group of Universities
according a vocational diploma the same status it gives to A levels. "The
NUT supported the Government's commissioning of Tomlinson and the support it
appeared to be giving to his proposal for an Open Diploma. Now it looks as if
short-sighted electoral considerations have over-ridden sensible policy making.
"There are opportunities in the White Paper which should be grasped. For
this reason I call on the Government to establish a review and implementation
body including the main political parties, trade unions and employers to
monitor andadvise governments on 14-19 reform." The White Paper
uses the language of Tomlinson but has a fundamentally differentmeaning.
Tomlinson was about ensuring all young people had access to both academic and
vocational learning. "The Government has created one diploma for GCSEs and
A levels and another forvocational learning. This re-branding does not disguise
the fact that the academic/vocational divide has been widened rather than
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- u TEACHER SUPPORT
NETWORK: Seeking support for fund raising at Conference
- u 05-029-CCU - DIVISION
SECRETARIES' BRIEFING: Hours cut to end at 2.00pm, starting at 11:00.
Secretary unable to attend.
- ¤ 05-027-SALS -
SCHOOL TEACHERS PAY: STRB REPORT FOR 2005 AND RESPONSE OF THE SECRETARY OF
- u 05-024-EEO -
NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2005. At the National College of School
Leadership, Nottingham, on Sat - Sun 2nd-3rd July.
- ¤ 05-023-CCU -
PENSIONS CAMPAIGN - CONSULTATIVE SURVEY
05-022-CCU - AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS AND
UNISON. Secretary is in contact with David Church of UNISON on this.
- 05-017-CCU - PENSIONS CAMPAIGN: CONSULTATION AND
- u 05-016-O&A -
ARRANGEMENTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2005, including voting on
prioritisation of motions.
- ¤ 05-015-L&PS - A
CALL FOR EVIDENCE: POSITIVE EXPERIENCES OF FLEXIBLE WORKING: The
introduction of the right to have "flexible working" considered
appears to be having a reverse effect from intended. More and more applications
for job share/part time working are being turned down using the "business
reasons" or "efficiency" get-out clauses as a pretext.
- 05-014-O&A - ELECTION OF DEPUTY GENERAL
SECRETARY: Christine Blower elected.
- From Nick Grant (Ealing NUT): Hands off our
schools! A critique of The DfES's 5-Year Strategy for Children and
- From Ealing NUT: Conference: Rethinking Education in
the era of Globalisation, 5th March, Islington.£10 fee.
- From CASE: Casenotes, Issue 7, Feb 2005: CASE to
brief Parliament on Objections to Education Bill.
Section B: Regional:
Regional Office to report.
- u It has been decided that
the Regional Reception at Conference 2005 will not go ahead.
Section C: Division /
- ¤ Annual Report for 2004-5 (duplicated on blue
Section 188 notices: Current known notices are (a) for Easter:
Barnby & North Cove, Eye Primary (resolved). For August: Badwell Ash,
Blundeston P, Cliff Lane P, Combs Ford P, Downing P, Gt Cornard US, Gt Heath P,
Leiston Middle, Leiston P, Ringshall, St Felix Middle, Scaltback, Sextons Manor
P, Waldringfield P.
- ¤ UPS
Progression: More examples are coming forward of problems where Heads are
refusing UPS3 on the grounds of para 19 re. "growing professionally"
and "two successive successful performance reviews". Appeals being to
Governors, it is difficult to get them to understand that these new criteria
were not in place during the period which was under review. It looks as though
the RIG "clarification" has opened Pandora's box. Some heads are
revelling in new powers for which there is no robust "due process" to
rectify. Some interesting individual situations and it is clear that many
Governors, while still siding with the headteacher, right or wrong, are
concerned at the lack of justice and transparency.
- u Industrial
Injury: Secretary seeking a meeting with AA and DJET. The LEA are still
ignoring the agreed procedure and the APOs have no actual procedure to check on
industrial causes. The timing of referrals to Occupational Health is also an
issue. Our case is proceeding to a Grievance, on the basis that the agreed
procedures have not been implemented.
- Safety of staff in Special Schools: In the
particular case where a UIN was issued, the Secretary has now made a complaint
to the Health and Safety Executive, as injuries to staff have continued
- ¤ Managed Moves
Protocol. Secretary has submitted our response to the
consultation document on Managed Moves.
- ¤ Membership
2004: December 2004 in-service figures forwarded to LEA for facilities
purposes and total membership per Association sent to PB for Division Subs
calculations. In-Service membership is now approaching 3000 members.
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|WAVENEY & YOXFORD
- u Teachers on long-term
sickness: The Secretary has written to the LEA (COunty and Area Personnel
Officers) suggesting improvements to procedures re. sick pay and incapacity
benefit, because of numerous missed deadlines and members suffering a loss of
entitlement as a consequence. There is a lack of liaison between Pay Roll and
Personnel departments, and not all information is being sent to teachers off
ill in good time.
- Minutes of the Workforce Remodelling Meeting of January
20th January (Graham White attended). Next meetings: May 18th and Sept
- SCC Papers received:
||Learning for Life 27 Jan 2005
||Special Educational Needs report
||Promoting Good Attendance in Suffolk Schools
||The Arts in Education
||The Future of Peasenhall School / Management of School
Balances / SEN Audit changes to Financing Arrangements (=Managed
- From Learning & Skills Council, list of
members of the L&SC Council: Mr Hamil Clarke Miss Johanna Finn Mr Nick
Foster Mr Greg Grant Mrs Caroline Gumble Mr Tony Lewis Mrs Betty Milburn Mr
Jonathan Moore Professor Dave Müller Professor Richard Nicol Mr Tony
Preston Mrs Bryony Rudkin Mr Ashley Seaborne Mrs Annette Whybrow . The
following are "observers":Mr Peter Button Mrs Tina Ellis Mr Brendan
Loughran Mr Mervyn Stokes Mr David Thornton.
- Learning and Skills Council Liaison: Secretary
has agreed with NATFHE to request a joint seminar on 14-19 and possible plans
for Suffolk (with LSC and FE representatives). Teachers' Panel of JNC has
- u Treasurer:
Secretary purchased a replacement computer monitor (Acer) at a cost of
£176 incl VAT and delivery. Secretary seeking permission to acquire
Broadband via Freenetname (who provide our Suffolk NUT website free of
- Health and Safety (John Osborne): Report of the
TU Consultative Group (Education Directorate). Includes items on Hepatits B
incoulations, protective clothing and Managed Moves.
- ¤ Teacher
Representatives: Annual Report from Andrew Guite (duplicated on pink).
Andrew also forwarded the following press release re. appointment of
Director for Children and Young People.
|Rosalind Turner has been appointed as Suffolk
County Council's first Director for Children and Young People. Rosalind is
currently Assistant Director Children, Families and Schools with Brighton and
Hove City Council and has over 22 years' experience in education and local
government. She will be responsible for bringing together and setting the
strategy for all of Suffolk's services for children and young people including
education and social care. Rosalind will also have corporate management
responsibilities within the county council.
| Bryony Rudkin, Leader of Suffolk County Council, said:
"We have been looking for someone who will quickly become a strong
advocate for children and young people in Suffolk. Rosalind is an outstanding
professional, with a clear vision for the future of our services. I am
confident that Rosalind will lead a robust and modern organisation focussed on
improving lives and opportunities for young people in our
| Tony Lewis, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young
People, added: "We have been working very hard over the last two years,
through our Children's Futures initiative, to produce more joined-up, better
quality services for children and young people, and Rosalind will have a solid
foundation to build on."
|Mike More, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council,
said: "We mean to transform the way we think about and deliver services to
children and young people. Bringing together these services is a significant
challenge, and Rosalind's role will be to lead a team which ensures that the
needs of all children and young people will be met and enhanced. "Everyone
in that team will take on leadership roles so that collectively the educational
attainment of all children and young people is enhanced, the safety of all
children and young people is safeguarded and the health of all children and
young people is promoted. "Success in this venture will depend on the
right balance of team, mutual respect and trust across all agencies and
professions and ensuring we build on the excellent practice already in place.
There are great opportunities for all services in this change. "As part of
Rosalind's team, I have asked David Thornton, currently Acting Director of
Learning, to take a key leadership role in ensuring continued strong and
effective support to schools in Suffolk as they take the opportunities
presented in a changing environment, and I am delighted that David has accepted
|Commenting on her appointment, Rosalind said:
"Suffolk County Council has a deep rooted commitment to children and young
people. This new role and new directorate is all about the future of young
people. It will be my job to create and manage the systems and structures to
ensure that no child should fall through the net. I intend to take this agenda
forward and build on the authority's excellent track record of working with
partners across the county."
|Rosalind is a former teacher of English and drama. In
her current role she has worked on bringing together education and children's
social services, and is leading on further integration with health and other
agencies. In 1995 she was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study
drug education in Australia, and she also spent two years assisting a British
Council funded project to support schools in Siberia. Rosalind began her
working life as a newspaper reporter on the Express and Star in Wolverhampton,
and hails originally from Shropshire. She has a grown-up son and a
four-year-old granddaughter, so has a keen personal interest in ensuring good
services for children.
- ¤ SEN Risk
Assessment Meeting 3/2/5: A lot of the work of this Working Party is now
coming to some fruition. The absence of Risk Assessment from the managed move
protocol was noted and would be addressed. LEA now ready with documentation and
agreed procedures to implement:
Next meeting 25/4/5 to plan the training session.
|Training in Risk Assessment re. Exclusions/Managed Moves
for Special Needs Officers, PRU Heads, SEO Pupil Services, EAOTAS coordinators,
Inclusion Coordinators, relevant Advisory Headteachers, etc.
|Use of risk assessment grids by the LEA for all
transfers and managed moves (using an amended format of the NUT checklist),
including prior to any return to mainstream education.
|Clear "flow chart" of decision making and
responsibilities for risk assessment for all types of move. Clarification of
roles of EOTAS Coordinator, Inclusion Coordinator and Special Needs Officer in
each LA Area.
|Consultation with headteachers on a "panel" to
oversee / advise on "Managed Moves"
|Procedure for vetting and checking premises used for
|Publication of a pack of H&S and emergency procedure
information for Home Tutors
|EAOTAS coordinators to cascade training to Home
|Training for Home Tutors (preferably on PD Days) for
Home Tutors in Risk Assessment, Personal Safety (Lone Worker), and Child
- Future of PRUs: Gazeley PRU is supposedly
starting after Easter, but there is no Head of Unit appointed as yet. The LEA
is assuming that future expansion of PRUs will be based on the 18
"localities" for a combined "Services for Children"
administration. The assumption is that current PRUs will cease to be run by the
LEAs but will be run by the are group of schools. Eventually, decisions about
suitable provision would also be taken at by the Locality. Neat, in't it? No
role for LEA? But presumably it would require 18 PRUs, for each/all
- Personnel info: Bob Crompton is managing Unisafe
and personal safety. Jane Tuke is now leading on "Strategic Training and
Decelopment". Sue Thomas is also picking up the teacher recruitment role
(from Seamus Fox).
- ¤ Courses and
- Student Recruitment:Up-date.
Section D: Local
Date of next meeting: May 12th
2005. Venue to be confirmed