Notes for Division Meeting: May
meeting (AGM, March 2005)
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
12th 2005 Cornhill Suite, Belstead Brook Hotel,
Apologies already recorded: For
EC / Both: For Council:
for Executive Committee
¤ =Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- ¤ Executive News No 115, May 2005
- ¤ NUT News 13: Don't jump the gun! Advice to
Reps not to proceed with discussions on the introduction of TLR points until
after publication by the DfES of its "Toolkit" for
- NUT News 12:
For all our Children Thursday April 21 2005 General election 2005 - Questions
- NUT News 11.
What Teachers Care About (re. Conference)
- ¤ Judy
Moorhouse, NUT Vice-President, has been re-elected unopposed as chair of
the General Teaching Council, a position she has held for one year.
- ¤ GOVERNMENT SAYS "WE'LL NEGOTIATE" NATIONAL BALLOT
CALLED OFF: "The Prime Minister has tasked me with making a fresh
start on discussions with Trade Unions. In those talks all aspects of the
Government's proposals will be open to discussion and negotiation. I hope that
these assurances that genuine negotiations can take place on all aspects of
possible change and that the proposed high level discussions will enable the
unions concerned to call off any planned industrial action." - Rt Hon Alan
Johnson MP, Minister of Works and Pensions, 18 March 2005 in a letter to
Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary. The Government has announced its
intention to open "a meaningful dialogue" on the Government strategy
for pensions, "right across the public services". The NUT has
received confirmation that these negotiations will include the Teachers'
Pension Scheme. This is a success for the NUT and all the public service unions
that campaigned against the Government's proposals to raise the normal pension
age from 60 to 65. The Government had insisted that its intention to raise the
pension age was "non-negotiable". THE NUT'S BALLOT OF MEMBERS ON
ONE-DAY STRIKE HAS NOW BEEN HALTED. All the other public service unions
planning industrial action have decided to call off such action. NUT General
Secretary, Steve Sinnott, said: "The Government's decision to negotiate on
its proposals to raise the normal pension age demonstrates the impact of joint
campaigning by the public service unions. The NUT has been at the forefront of
the campaign that has led the Government to open talks on what it had said was
immutable. I congratulate NUT members on the resolve they have shown. We now
look to the Government to deliver, as promised, "genuine
negotiations" and "meaningful dialogue"."
- u Posters supporting a "Yes" Vote in the National
Ballot to protect pensions: "5 Teachers and an Education
Minister"; and "Save our
Pensions". Local Associations putting out this or own material.
Division assisted SE Suffolk by sending out 1 copy of both posters to schools
in SE Suffolk Association on 16th March.
- NUT welcomes Appeal Court ruling on Muslim dress at
school Commenting on the Court of Appeal ruling that Shabina Begum was
unlawfully excluded from school for wearing traditional Muslim dress, Steve
Sinnott said: "It is important that schools respect the religious
traditions of the communities represented among their pupils. There is no
reason why the colour of any school's uniform, for example, cannot be used for
the jilbab. "Schools have to take account of genuine health and safety
concerns in subjects such as science or physical education but answers can be
found to these practical problems. "The NUT will be issuing guidance to
its members in the near future on the jilbab in schools. That guidance has been
drawn up following consultation with the Muslim Council of Great Britain, the
Institute of Race Relations, the General Teaching Council, head teachers, local
authorities and others."
- The March 2005 of Headway contains a useful
summary of NUT policy on classroom observations. Intro: Excessive
classroom observation is a serious problem in many schools. Steps must be taken
to prevent this. NUT school representatives should seek to secure from the SMT
an agreement on the total amount of classroom observation for any purpose or
purposes to which teachers can be subjected within the academic year and to the
procedures to be followed before, during and after such observations. Support
for such approaches may be sought from representatives of other teachers'
organisations at the school If the agreement with the school management team
cannot be reached, NUT school representatives should seek advice and support
from the NUT Regional office." Further help is on the national website on
observation; (2) Observation of NQTs,
(3) Peer observation;
Management (no more than one observation of no more than one hour per year)
and (5) Capability
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- Resolutions passed at
Conference: available on our website.
- u 05-064-O&A -
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006 - TORQUAY: Annual Conference 2006 will be held at
the Riviera Centre, Torquay 14 - 18 April. Accommodation bookings via Riviera
Centre: 01803 206302 or
- u 05-063-CCU - BRIEFING
FOR DIVISION SECRETARIES: Monday 16th May on TLRs. Not much notice given!
Secretary to attend pm but has arranged a meeting at Stowupland for the late
- u 05-062-E&EO -
PRIDE IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE -2005
- 05-060-O&A - CONFERENCE 2005 - DELEGATE VOTING
ANALYSIS AND CBC ELECTION RESULT - 57 pages!
- 05-059-M&C - TEACHER UNION LEARNING
REPRESENTATIVES: A GUIDE FOR THE EMPLOYERS OF TEACHERS
- ¤ u 05-058-CCU - RICHARD CURTIS DVDs: Division
(and Associations) asked to contribute £20 for production and
- u 05-057-E&EO -
NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2005, National College for School Leadership
(NCSL) Nottingham, Sat 2 & Sun 3 July. Overnight accommodation provided
- 05-055-M&C - NUT GUIDE: 'YOUR PASSPORT TO
- u 05-054-M&C -
REMINDER - NEW TEACHERS' RECRUITMENT MATERIALS: Waveney & Yoxford,
Lowestoft and Sudbury not yet ordered?
- 05-053-SALS - JNC FOR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORKERS:
- u 05-052-M&C -
REMINDER - NATIONAL TRAINING FOR LOCAL OFFICERS:
- u 05-051-E&EO -
BLACK TEACHERS' CONFERENCE 2005
05-050-L&PS - PAY APPEAL PROCEDURES. Important new
information - DfES has produced a Model Pay
Appeals procedure which is considerably more helpful than the minimum
provision in the STPCD. NUT says that the STPCD version does not meet the
statutory obligations of employers under the disputes resolution procedures
introduced by the Employment Act 2002. DfES propose a three-stage appeal
process for such items as UPS3:
See Division Report below for local
||Take the matter up with the person or body who made the
decision (I.e. headteacher who made the recommendation?)
||First hearing (with the personnel
||Appeal to the appeals committee
- ¤ 05-049-L&PS - STATUTORY DISCIPLINE AND GRIEVANCE
PROCEDURES - IMPLICATIONS FOR CASEWORK. It would appear that Suffolk's
Grievance Procedure for unattached staff would not meet the new statutory
framework. New provisions include
The circular includes advice to Divisions and Associations
re. model letters to preserve employment rights (for referral to a tribunal)
when lodging a grievance. Collective grievances are not subject to the
statutory minimum provisions. u The circular
promises training up-date for local officers.
|- the need to have a procedure which allows grievances
to be pursued post-employment.
|- Employers who decide not to renew a fixed-term
contract are obliged to follow the full dismissal procedure (i.e. a
representations hearing with provision for appeal)
|- Employers must follow the standard dismissal steps
where redundancies are contemplated. Employers must provide written reasons for
the redundancy and the reasons for selecting the individual
|- Failure by an employer to follow the procedure when it
applies will make any dismissal automatically unfair.
|- No referral to tribunals unless grievance procedure
used and after a 28-day waiting period.
- 05-048-SALS - NUT WORKING GROUP ON ACADEMIES PAY AND
- u 05-047-CCU - MAKING
POVERTY HISTORY AND SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL¤ (See motion from Ipswich Association
- 05-043-CCU - THE GENERAL ELECTION AND CAMPAIGNING
DURING THE ELECTION PERIOD
- u 05-042-O&A -
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Assistant Secretary - Co-ordination, Local
Support and Action -This is a newly created senior post based primarily at
our central London Headquarters reporting directly to the General Secretary.
- u 05-040-SALS - SUPPORT
FOR LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS AND DIVISIONS - TASK GROUP SURVEY FOR SECRETARIES OF
DIVISIONS AND LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS. 3 survey forms. The Trade Union Research Unit
at Ruskin College, Oxford, will analyse the returns. Secretary has done this on
line for the Division. Regional Office in touch to say that not all our
Associations have done it. As usual, the IT used is not well designed and is
- ¤ 05-038-CCU -
PENSIONS BALLOT HALTED:
| Pressure from public sector unions, including the NUT,
following ballots for strike action has caused the Government to reflect on
their proposals to change the normal pension age from 60 to 65. The Minister
for Work and Pensions, Alan Johnson, has written to the TUC recognising the
strong concerns that have been expressed over the Government's proposals and
stating that the Prime Minister has asked him to make a fresh start on
discussions with the Trade Unions in which all aspects of the Government's
proposals will be open to discussion and negotiation. His letter gives
assurances that genuine negotiations will take place on all aspects of possible
change and that the dialogue will include Government strategy right across the
|We are aware that the General Secretaries of Unison, PCS
and FDA will be recommending to their Executives at meetings today that the
proposed action on Wednesday this week (23rd March) is called off. It is likely
that Amicus and UCATT will follow suit. Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary,
has confirmed that these negotiations involve also the proposed changes to
teachers' pensions, including the proposal to raise the normal pension age from
60 to 65. A mechanism will be established to compare and co-ordinate what is
happening in each of the public sector pension schemes to allow proper and
genuine negotiations to take place.
| These developments represent a success in the campaign
to seek to persuade the Government to re-think their damaging proposals. The
Officers of the Union, acting as a committee of urgency, have considered this
latest decision of the Government and the report from the TUC and other public
sector unions. The Officers have agreed to halt the formal ballot for one day
strike action, due to open on Thursday, 24th March. It is expected that NATFHE
will be making a similar decision to that taken by the Union's Officers. This
is also the case for EIS.
|The mailing of The Teacher, which was imminent,
has been halted so that Information about this decision can be communicated to
members. The decision will also be carried on the NUT website. An NUT News is
being despatched urgently to schools.
- 05-035-CCU - LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONS SCHEME: ONE
DAY STRIKE - WEDNESDAY. 23 MARCH 2005
- 05-034-CCU - PENSIONS CAMPAIGN - FORMAL BALLOT FOR
ONE DAY STRIKE on 26th April 2005
- u 05-033-L&PS -
EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL LAW MEMBER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN 2005
- 05-032-H&S - MOBILE PHONES AND HEALTH
- 05-031-CCU - ETUC DEMONSTRATION: BRUSSELS -
SATURDAY, 19 MARCH 2005
- 05-030-SALS - JNC FOR TEACHERS IN RESIDENTIAL
ESTABLISHMENTS: 2004 PAY AND ALLOWANCES AGREEMENT/UPPER PAY SCALE
- from CASE: Election Special and CASE
NOTES Issue 8 April 2005: Questions for the politicians as election
|- What do you understand by parental choice?
|- Will you allow selection at 11 to continue
|- Should schools be more accountable to local
|- To ensure greater fairness, how would you make all
schools (primary and secondary) good schools?
|- Is the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) the best way
to renovate schools
- u From Teacher Support
Line requesting funding and pointing out that DfES funding has now ceased.
JNC has made a request for LEA to make a contribution also. Do all Suffolk
Associations make donations to TSN? It might be possible to arrive a figure
being donated in Suffolk by the NUT, to help inform JNC.
Section B: Regional:
Regional Office to report.
- Regional Council meeting was held on Saturday 7th
May. Secretary unable to attend. Penny attended. Suffolk
Regional Report available.
- u Tony Mulgrew of Norfolk
Division invites N Suffolk NUT members to join in Young Teachers'
activities. Association Secretaries can contact Tony direct..
Section C: Division /
- u Suffolk County
Council changed political control on May 5th. There are now 45 Conservative
County Councillors, 22 Labour, 7 Lib Dem and one independent. EC to consider
Division's initial approach to the new ruling group leaders.
- To all of us from Corporate Management Team, via
our pay packets - now two aspirational letters from Chief Executive, Mike More.
- Are you thinking what we're thinking?
|I put customers first
||I deliver excellent results
|I work for a team that has no boundaries
||I make a real difference
|I learn, I adapt, I create
- From SCC: "Education Directorate Performance
Handbook, 1st December 2004 - lots of impressive figures and graphs.
- From SCC: School Organisation Plan 2003-09,
- From SCC: School Budget Pack 2005-2006
- u Division Secretaries'
Briefing, 10/3/5 (Penny Cook attended): Re. agreement with UNISON,
details and interpretation. Also tactics for the Pensions Campaign - ER
agreed to recommend a national ballot. Became academic when ballot was
- ¤ From
Suffolk CC, confirmation of term and holiday dates
2006-7 - the draft dates were passed by SCC EC, despite our objections.
The only alteration was to bring the February half-term forward one week in
- u Section 188
notices: Current known notices are (a) for Easter: Barnby & North Cove
- extended, Eye Primary (resolved). For August: Badwell Ash, Blundeston P
(withdrawn), Cliff Lane P (resolved), Combs Ford P (resolved), Downing P, Gt
Cornard US, Gt Heath P (selection pending), Heath P (for January 2006), Leiston
Middle (resolved), Leiston P (withdrawn), Orwell H (for January 2006, seeking
to replace specialisms but no agreement unless no compulsory redundancy
stated), Ringshall (Resolved), St Felix Middle, Scaltback (resolved and seeking
recruitment), Sextons Manor P (resolved), Stowupland H (for January 2006 -
already resolvable by natural wastage/voluntary moves), Waldringfield P.
Industrial Injury: NUT met with AA and DJET on 3rd May to seek to
retrieve the agreement made on Nov 5th 2003 but never implemented. Agreed to
re-write the Nov 2004 policy statement from AA to ensure an early initial
evaluation of possible industrial injuries, an open and accountable procedure
overseen by area personnel, and early referral to Occupational Health asking
for opinion on the grounds of "reasonable probability". AA's initial
new draft left out "reasonable probability". AA to present a paper on
this to the July JNC meeting. Advance copies of the draft available at the
meeting to EC members.
- ¤ Risk
Assessment and Exclusions / EOTAS: The LEA has agreed to train SEOs Pupil
services, EOTAS / Inclusion Coordinators, PRU heads, etc. in risk assessment
for permanently excluded children. Also to be applied to "Managed
Moves". Training for all managers involved in moving pupils at risk of
exclusion, etc, is to be undertaken before the end of this term so that new
risk assessment procedures should be in place by September. There is another
programme for out-of-school tutors (re. safety of placements, personal safety
training for tutors, etc.). Managers of tutors should also be trained this
term, and cascade training proceed during the coming year. Press interview on
this matter given to Evening Star on 10th May.
- Training sessions for Out-of-School (Home)
Tutors: Secretary has successfully urged the LEA to use PD days and
twilight sessions for training of Tutors, wherever possible. Training dates to
be announced far ahead to allow tutors to make tuition appointments
accordingly. LEA intends that training sessions will not be paid separately but
will be deemed to have been paid for under the tutors' 30% directed time
- ¤ Salary Determinations and Appeals Procedure: Following
circular 05-050-L&PS informing us of the DfES Model Pay policy and
indicating that school Pay Policies should include the three stage appeals
procedure above, Secretary sought the three-stage process to be introduced for
a case which had already started. The Headteacher agreed to vary the school's
own pay policy to comply with the disputes resolution requirement for there to
be two hearings. The LEA appear to have concurred (as they wrote the letter to
confirm the arrangements). However, this was not the full three-stage version,
but the school agreed to have an initial meeting at which the member was
represented, to put the case to the headteacher and chair of personnel
committee. It was made clear that, if we were not satisfied with the outcome,
we could then appeal to the Appeals Committee. Secretary accepted this
arrangement but asked for it to be recorded that this was an interim position,
and should not be considered as a precedent. Secretary has now written to the
LEA to request that the LEA issues the Model Appeal Procedure as LEA policy and
guidance. (The LEA has not issued a model pay policy for some years.)
- ¤ Late
UPS3 decisions: The Secretary is aware of some schools where UPS3 decisions
have still not been made. The STP&CD says that there should not be undue
delay in reaching decisions on discretionary awards of pay. In one case, the
LEA has been alerted, because the headteacher appears to believe that the
decision can be delayed for a year. In another case, no pay determination has
been made for 4 years, so that teacher is still on UPS1 but would otherwise be
eligible to be on UPS3. ¤ Meeting
could be asked for information.
- u Workforce
Remodelling: 1 - UNISON: Secretary has contacted the UNISON convener for
school staff three times, seeking to implement the local parts of the
NUT-UNISON agreement made around Christmas time. So far, no response. We are
seeking to set up some local arrangements for the resolution of any conflict
between UNISON and NUT members.
- u Workforce
Remodelling: 2 - A member at Reydon Primary School has been nominated by
the Division to serve on the Headteachers' WR Consultation Group for the NUT.
This group has been expanded to include LSA representatives and, now, classroom
- Workforce Remodelling: 3 - Use of HLTAs: The NAHT
is to do a survey of its members' schools in September to find out how many
schools are providing PPA using qualified teachers only. CH, NAHT executive
member, has told secretary that he believes that most schools in Suffolk are
using qualified teaching staff. This does not tally with our impression. LEA
should know. Next WFR group is 18th May. LEA has confirmed that recommended
rate for HLTAs is point 24 on the salary scale (which is the equivalent of
Point 1 on the Teacher's Main Scale). However, most HLTA posts are still being
paid pro rata (for term time only). However, some schools are paying point 28
pro rata, which will match M1 on an annual basis.
- ¤ Peasenhall Primary School: Suffolk has its first Federation
- or will have when the LEA get it all sorted out. Peasenhall has been
reprieved and will not be closing in August 2005. But the LEA has not published
any reorganisation or federation documentation. NUT is asking for consultations
with the LEA and headteacher of Middleton Primary who will become head of both
schools. There does not appear to be much realisation of the need to consult on
the future of the staff or Peasenhall and their personnel issues. We do not
even know which Governing body will be responsible for "hiring and
- Managing Absence: The Secretary responded to a
consultation paper from AA to up-date and improve the SCC Personnel Manual
section on absence. The latest draft is much improved and does take some leads
from the JNC paper in 2002 (which was from the NUT). Secretary suggested some
improvements, to cross-reference with industrial injury discussions (see above)
and to include P&P leave. Final version still awaited.
- Advice to members on absence on our website has
been up-dated for the first time in several years. It advises on all issues
from self-certification to long-term illness due to industrial injury,
therapeutic returns, etc.
- 14-18 Provision in Suffolk: L&SC has agreed
to take part in a joint seminar with the LEA and Unions on the future
structures of education in the county, with particular regard to 14-18
provision. The LEA has also agreed to this in principle.
- Travel for LEA centrally employed staff: NUT, AEP
and NAIEAC are still awaiting a date from AA to meet to clarify certain
matters, but the principle of advisors and advisory teachers continuing to
receive Essential User allowance has been conceded. A lot will now depend on
the common sense of line managers. We are seeking clearer rules for chief
officers, who will be able to exercise discretion, so that decisions are fair
and equitable across the service.
- TAC Seminar on Pensions - Secretary
"fronted" a seminar run by Teachers Assurance at the Holiday Inn,
Copdock, on 27th April. It was very well attended and feed-back was
- u Forms 120, 423,
Annual Report & Rules 2005 (no amendments from last year) sent to HQ on
- E-mail from a Malcolm Bale: "Are you trying to
confuse us? Whitsun is May 15 and is not associated with a bank holiday. The
date you mean is called the Spring Bank Holiday. I'm surprised that a website
run by teachers should seem to be ignorant of the difference". Turns
out to be the wording used by NEOST which caused Mr Bale's indignation. All we
did was to re-publish it "as is",
- u The Division is now on
broadband, provided by Freenetname who also provide our e-mail and
website facilities. Cost is £18.00 per month with 3 free months).
Freenetname have also enlarged the website space from 20 Mb to 100 Mb.
This will avoid us having to use space from the BSE website and should keep us
going for a few years!
- u Facilities: 191
days were used by 22/3/5, the end of the facilities year. 10 days now requested
for 2005-6 for Margaret Bulaitis, Graham White and Penny Cook. Secretary
remains on 120 days.
- ¤ Courses and
Conferences: Secretary and President represented the Division at Annual
Conference, Gateshead. Resolutions passed at
Conference: available on our website. Secretary has completed the
survey on conference venue.
- Student Recruitment:Up-date.
- From Teacher Reps: Teacher Rep Report on Learning for Life Scrutiny meeting
of 10th March 2005 (duplicated on blue for meeting). New nominations were
made late April for the new Council.
- ¤ Health and
Safety Report (John Osborne). The HSE has now visited a Suffolk special
school to investigate a complaint from the NUT. Outcomes awaited.
Section D: Local
- Annual Reports received from Bury, Ipswich, SE
Suffolk and Sudbury Associations.
- Bury St Edmunds & District Association has
registered with the Inland Revenue to pay honoraria on line. As an incentive,
the IR is paying the Association £250. This is more than the tax paid.
Date of next meeting: June
30th 2005. Venue to be confirmed