These notes are up-dated
regularly and not completed / finalised until the day before
meeting (AGM March 2006)
Notes for Division Annual General
Meeting: May 18th 2006
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
18th 2006, Ipswich
Apologiesalready recorded: For
EC only: Andrew Guite, Alan Williams For Council: Sharon Cozens
for Executive Committee
=Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- Executive News 124
- NUT News 10: GTC
Fee The NUT is demanding provision in the School Teachers' Pay and
Conditions Document to meet the costs of the GTC fee in full and to take
account of the National Insurance element. NUT General Secretary, Steve
Sinnott, said: "This is an important principle. It has been clearly
established that teachers' pay should always include sufficient to pay the GTC
fee with no loss of income. Teachers are being made to pay for the privilege of
working. This is a tax on teachers. This is unacceptable. Teachers could find
that in effect they are meeting more and more of the cost of the fee. The NUT
has worked constructively with the GTC. The GTC has yet to win the hearts and
minds of the teaching profession. I urge the Government to act
- ¤ PENSIONS:
The National Union of Teachers has warmly welcomed a new deal on teachers'
pensions reached with the Government and local authorities in England and
Wales, details of which were released May 17, 2006. The changes meet all the
Union's key objectives and provide a fair balance between the interests of
existing and future teachers. Under the scheme, which comes into effect on
January 1, 2007, existing and future teachers will receive a package of
valuable improvements to their pension scheme benefits.
|| - Unmarried partners would receive the same
benefits as married and civil partners.
- The pensions of teachers whose pay was reduced in the ten years prior to
retirement would be protected, benefiting in particular those with
Management Allowances who did not secure TLR payments.
- New opportunities for phased retirement would allow teachers to wind
down prior to retirement without the current pension penalties.
- There would be greater freedom for teachers in dividing their pensions
between tax free lump sums and continuing index-linked pensions.
- A facility to purchase up to £5,000 of added
- There would be a death grant of three times salary.
- Spouses' and nominated partners' pensions would be paid for life from 1
- Under the new arrangements teachers would be entitled to
take up to 25 per cent of benefits as tax free lump sums with lower
continuing pensions. (Currently, the tax free lump based on 3/80 th calculation
amounts to 13 per cent of teachers' total pension benefits.)
- Existing teachers have their current entitlements protected including
the right to retire at 60 with no reductions in benefits.
- From September 2006 new entrants will have a normal pension age of 60.
- From 2007, new entrants will have a better pension accrual rate to help
offset their normal pension age of 65.
||From 1 January 2007 teachers' contributions rise
from the current 6 per cent of salary to 6.4 per cent. The
employers' contribution rises from 13.5 per cent to 14.1 per cent. These
increases are needed to pay for the improvements in benefits and protect the
||Commenting, Steve Sinnott, NUT General Secretary, said:
"These changes result from intense and constructive negotiations
between all the teachers' organisations, the employers and the Government. They
will improve, maintain and protect one of the best occupational pension schemes
in the UK. "There is clear recognition of societal changes and the threat
to salary levels of teachers who lose out under the change to teaching and
learning responsibilities. All these improved benefits will continue to help to
recruit and retain young people in the profession."
- Advice to members re. public workers' strike on
- PAY: STRB Report for
2006 - details and NUT Commentary
- The Union is organising a conference on 22 May on
pupil behaviour, cost £30 for NUT members. The GS will launch
practical guidelines, Unacceptable Pupil Behaviour: advice and Protection
from the NUT; a comprehensive guide providing answers to the most FAQs
about pupil behaviour (not yet available electronically).
- New Secretary of State: Steve Sinnott, General
Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Europe's largest teaching union
said: 'I congratulate Alan Johnson on his appointment. Alan will be a
Secretary of State who brings with him tremendous background knowledge of
education and a capacity to deal with tough problems. He understands education
and those who work in it and use it. His task is enormous. He will be expected
to steer a highly divisive and unpopular Education Bill through Parliament. The
best step that could be taken is for the Government to withdraw the Bill. It
should consult all those with a stake in the future of young people in order
that we can achieve a Bill which backs, supports, and enhances comprehensive
education in the 21st century. I wish him luck. I look forward to working with
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- ¤ 06-090-EEO - EDUCATION AND INSPECTIONS BILL -
COMMONS REPORT STAGE AND THIRD READING. Full details. There will be a
lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 27 June 2006.THE BILL IS ENTERING ITS FINAL
STAGES IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE 23rd AND 24th MAY. YOU CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE. EMAIL YOUR MP NOW.
- 06-089-M&C - NATIONAL
TRAINING PROGRAMME: DIVISION SECRETARIES BRIEFING: WEDNESDAY 11 TO
FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2006 AND NEW SECRETARIES COURSE: MONDAY 9 TO WEDNESDAY 11
OCTOBER 2006: Secretary unable to attend as he will be abroad at that time.
Application form included.
- 06-088-E&EO - MY FRIEND
NEEDS A TEACHER - CAMPAIGN 2006
- ¤ 06-087-SALS - SCHOOL TEACHERS PAY AND CONDITIONS:
GTC FEE DATE OF 2006 PAY INCREASE
- 06-086-E&EO - NUT LESBIAN,
GAY, BISEXUAL TRANS EDUCATION CONFERENCE - LGBT MATTERS FOR EVERY TEACHER
- 06-085-E&EO - SCHOOL
- 06-084-E&EO - SUPPORT FOR
IRAQI AND IRAQI KURDISH TRADE UNIONISTS
- 06-083-E&EO - 14-19
EDUCATIONAL SKILLS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
- 06-082-M&C - EDUCATION FOR
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: A GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS: a new Oxfam guide for schools,
Education for Global Citizenship.
- 06-081-SALS - SALARY SACRIFICE
SCHEMES: The Government has announced, in response to NUT representations,
that all teachers will from 1 June 2006 be able to take part in "salary
sacrifice" schemes offered by their employers. These schemes allow
employees to obtain certain kinds of benefit - in particular childcare vouchers
- on a tax-free basis in return for surrendering part of their pay. The
Government has also agreed to amend rules of the Teachers' Pensions Scheme
(TPS) in order to ensure that salary sacrifice arrangements do not affect TPS
members' pension entitlements.
- 06-080-O&A - CONFERENCE 2006
- DELEGATE VOTING ANALYSIS AND CBC ELECTION RESULT
- 06-079-COS - CONTRACTUAL CHANGES
TO INVIGILATION OF EXAMINATIONS: Advice from HQ.
- 06-078-E&EO - AN EDUCATION
SYSTEM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY - WHICH WAY FORWARD? Provides a very strong
background policy support to the NUT's lobbying against the structural parts of
the Education and Inspections Bill. To be discussed at National Education
Conference 1-2 July.
06-077-CCU - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING - TEACHERS PENSION
SCHEME: Hamilton House, 19th May. Secretary attending.
- 06-076-EEO - NUT CONFERENCE ON
UNACCEPTABLE PUPIL BEHAVIOUR - LEARNING TO BEHAVE: Monday, 22 May 2006 -
used to launch campaign on proper funding of behaviour inclusion.
- 06-075-EEO - NUT PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT - LAUNCH OF PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: invites
divisions and associations and Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) to attend
a major CPD conference at Hamilton House on Friday, 9 June 2006. During the
Conference 'Teacher-Led Enquiry', Steve Sinnott, will launch a new professional
development partnership with the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education.
This partnership will lead to professional development opportunities in NUT
local divisions and associations - beginning with a pilot project in four
associations during the autumn term 2006.
- 06-074-SUP - RETIRED TEACHERS'
MEETING - 13 JUNE 2006
06-073-EEO - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2006 - deadline for
applications is 26th May. Fee is £150.
- 06-071-O&A - EXECUTIVE
ELECTIONS: Graham White was unsuccesful in his attempt to be elected as
Executive Member. Congratulations to Glynis Shepherd who was
06-070-CCU - THE THOMAS DEVLIN FUND - APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL
- 06-069-L&PS - NEW PENSION
RIGHTS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES: NUT guidance and briefing.
- 06-068-E&EO - NATIONAL
CURRICULUM YEAR 6, 7 AND 9 TEST ADMINISTRATION 2006: The National
Assessment Agency (NAA) has produced a 'Test Administrators Training
Pack' to support the administration of Year 6, 7 and 9 tests in schools.
The pack replaces the 'Teachers' Guide' published by NAA previously. It has
been sent to all schools and local authorities. In addition, Workforce
Agreement Monitoring Group (WAMG) members have distributed the pack to local
authority remodelling advisors. The pack can be downloaded from the NAA website
Secretary has contacted LA re. provision of training for administrators and
expectation that teachers will be relieved of administrative tasks related to
SATs, etc. MC has replied saying that Suffolk was not intending to distribute
the pack and will expect schools to download it.
- 06-067-E&EO - TOM HURNDALL
EDUCATION FUND supporting the educational rights of disabled children
across Gaza. Seeking donations.
- 06-066-M&C - ESTABLISHING LOCAL YOUNG TEACHERS'
SECTION: Constituent associations are urged to raise the issue of local
young teachers' sections at forthcoming general meetings, with a view to
establishing local young teachers' sections at association level.
- 06-065-E&EO - EDUCATION
- 06-064- SALS - THE BUDGET AND
EDUCATION FUNDING: briefing setting out details of the education funding
measures announced in the Budget under the following headings: - School
Standards Grant (Personalisation); - Schools Capital; - School Science; and -
Other Education Funding.
- 06-051-CCU - LOCAL GOVERNMENT
PENSIONS SCHEME - INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Section B: Regional: Regional Office (Alan
Williams) to report.
- Regional Report received and duplicated.
Section C: Division /
School Reorganisation: Building a World
Class School System for the Twenty-First Century: Stage on consultation
document. Reponses required by Friday 4th August. The "options" given
in the consultation paper are:
Response form is designed to be completed by individuals
(can be completed on-line) and is mainly the "do you agree we need to
change" type question, with a tick box for 2-tier, 3-tier or mixed
economy. Appears very basic and too simplistic, given the existing diversity,
let alone the extra diversity proposed by earlier 14-19 papers. Division will
put in more detailed and comprehensive response. Secretary requests in-put from
Associations covering each of the high school pyramids involved. Penny Cook and
Andrew Guite are involved in the stakeholder and scrutiny groups respectively.
In CYPD Forum LA officers keen to point out that this is still an "in
principle" investigation and information gathering exercise. On the other
hand, in the localities, many heads and others are proceeding as if the
decisions have already been taken. SCC has set up a SOR webpage on www.suffolk.gov.uk which is to provide
up-dates and facility for feedback and views from the public. However, some of
the "public" information requires a password!
|(1) All two tier schools across the
country (adopt the system based on the NC KSs for the whole
||Primary Education age 4-11 (KS 1& 2)
||Secondary Education from 11-16 (KS3 and 4)
||Developm options for students after the age of 17 in
line with the 14-19 strategy
|(2) All three-tier schools across the
county (adopt the first, middle and upper high school system for the whole
||Primary school education 4-8
||Middle (deemed secondary) school education from age 9
||Upper/High school education from age 13
quo: Keep the current mix of 2- and 3-tier schools as they are at present,
building on the achievements and developments of the past 30 years and continue
efforts to improve attainment at KS2
schools: Allow the development of all age schools in some, or possibly all,
areas of the county.
|(5) A different
mixed economy: allow the development of different patterns of provision
across the county, depending on the views of parents and the
Consultation Arrangements: The fortnightly meetings of CYPD and
the "Corporate" forums have now ceased. A whole-day meeting on June
6th will seek to agree future arrangements for a "Partnership Board"
involving all SCC recognised unions, the CYPD forum and local forums to include
the Teachers JNC. The NUT will be pushing for more frequent meetings of the
JNC, and a local forum for Soulbury negotiations. Details over numbers and
constitution may cause some disagreement between the teacher organisations. The
politicians are taking at 3 con, 1 Lab and one LibDem approach to their
representation on the Partnership Board. What should the union approach
TLRs: Secretary to report on latest casework. The STP&C
document says that any decision that affects pay should be handled by through
the pay appeals procedure but so far, none of the schools involved seem to have
an up-to-date Salaries Policy incorporating the steps needed for TLR or UPS
appeals. Division is therefore insisting on either the use of the Grievance
procedure or the DfES Appeals Procedure, both of which have one informal stage
and two formal stages. Some areas of the LA are resisting this. Confusion
reigns over who defends TLR appeals from the school. Is it the headteacher, who
made the recommendation, or the Chair of the Governing Body who accepted the
headteacher's recommendation. The LA want it to be both. The DfES Model Pay
Appeals procedure says that the first formal hearing should be heard by
"the committee which made the decision". In true pay appeals, this
will be the pay or personnel committee. In the case of restructuring
grievances, it is the entire governing body. Strictly speaking therefore, no
panel of governors should hear either the first hearing or the appeal! Another
crazy bit of regulation.
Statutory rights to PPA: There are still cases, notably in the N
Area where the LA has failed to advised heads properly, where members are being
denied their right to have their 10% guaranteed PPA properly guaranteed (i.e.
not encroached upon in any way and appearing on the normal weekly or
fortnightly timetable.) Some heads are asking staff to volunteer to lose their
guaranteed PPA, for example, including in Secondary. In one N Area school we
are approaching a ballot for protest action to secure for next year what has
not been timetabled for this (where the no detriment clauses have been ingored
and the N Area advised the Governing Body on appeal that the no detriment
clauses were not operative until next year!). In a N Area Primary School, the
head removed a member's guaranteed PPA without notice to "pay back"
time for which she was covered two days earlier. The member was covered for
attending a directed meeting with a visiting adviser. Again, the LA has failed
to advise the school accordingly.
- ¤ SCC
Budget Cuts (1) PDCs: It has been decided that all 3 PDCs will close,
although the Ipswich PDC building will continue to be used as an office base
for advisory service / consultatants. The Authority circulated all 357 schools
with a questionnaire asing whether schools would support the continuation of
PDCs by making a larger financial contribution themselves. Only 77 schools
responded: 12 schools indicated that they would be prepared to contribute to
the cost of running the PDCs; 19 indicated an interest in principle, depending
on cost and 46 said an outright "No". The majority of schools did not
even bother to respond, and so we have now lost the PDCs.
- ¤ SCC
Budget Cuts (2) Seagull Theatre: Expressions of interests are still being
investigated, including a known bid from Kirkley High School. CYPD finance is
now awaiting a business plan showing long-term viability from one or both of
the interested bodies. The CYPD is being quiet about who the other group might
be, but we believe it will be a local consortium of arts groups funded
variously by local councils with perhaps some European funding as well.
Deadline for dismissals has therefore been extended pending investigation of
- ¤ SCC
Cabinetagenda and papers for 4/4/6: School Term Dates 2007-8 have
been adopted. Proposals already published on our
website. Suffolk LA has preferred the "Eastern Region
Alternative" where the Easter weekend is included in the Spring Holiday,
Easter falling early on 21-24 March.
Circular to NUT Reps, March 2006: Invigilation. Advice to members concerning
the need to employ invigilators. No teacher can be asked or directed to
invigilate public or external examinations, including SATs at KS2 and 3. Some
schools are attempting to avoid employing the new "cadre" of
employees as invigilators by holding what are essentially mock exxams in
classrooms. We are stating that, where the exam that the teacher is
invigilating is not for the teacher's own subject / own class then this is
still invigilation and one of the forbidden tasks. Where we have challenged
this, the head has given in. However, a lot of staff are still feeling
bludgeoned in to invigilating, and that includes invigilating KS2 and 3 SATs.
There is still a lot of work to do!
- ¤ Meeting
with Ian Brown and Debby McKechnie: 10th April. NUT had asked for a meeting to
discuss problems with the out-dated policy booklet on dealing with
Allegations of Abuse against Teachers. LA aware that it needs to amend its
policy and both the Joint Teacher Unions / NEOST document on allegations and
the new DfES Guidance, Safeguarding
Children in Education, will form the basis of an amended document.
Secretary is now attending meetings of the Safeguarding . The person with
overall oversite of CP issues for the LA is the Head of Safeguarding and
Quality Assurance at Endeavour House, currently Mr Cliff James. Debbie
McKechnie also provides training for Area Offices. The Secretary is seeking
consistency in all three areas, to ensure that trivial or clearly malicious
accusations are filtered out early, that suspensions are kept to a minimum,
that leave of absence ("garden leave") is only by agreement with the
employee, and that all the protections, safeguards and disciplinary
consequences for children making malicious allegations are implemented. The NUT
is also anxious to cross-reference the LA and School Restraint policy,
including incident reporting procedures, with the policy of dealing with
allegations. Where the allegation arises from a restraint incident, the
headteacher should have access to the restraint report before deciding what to
do with an allegation received. This means that restraint reports must be filed
- Section 188 Up-date: Crowfoot - probably solved
by voluntary means but complicated situation; Freeman P, solved by voluntary
means; Gt Heath, resolved without compulsory redundancy; Gt Waldingfield -
resolved without compulsory redundancy; Kingsfleet - Solved by voluntary means;
Lakenheath P - solved by voluntary means; u
Newmarket US - one by voluntary means, second is going to selection, but
there are more volunteers, some resignations and a possible third way in the
offing. Ringshall - resolved by better than expected budget; Southwold - solved
by improved budget (but question over non-renewal of Fixed-Term Contract;
Westley M - no news but Union has objected to any need for compulsory
redundancy. Whitehouse Jnr - resolved.
- u Industrial Injury
cases: the Industrial Injury Panel is to be convened for the first time
since the 2005 agreement with the JNC to deal with 2 NUT cases. One in the N
Area and one in S Area. The procedure which Alan Aldred devised involves the
collation and exchange of evidence by employee and employer. At present, the
Union has forwarded its papers to N Area office but has not received any
"in exchange". Papers for the W Area case have been collated and are
to be delivered this week.
- u Complaints Procedure
within SCC: Following a very badly handled case in the N Area where an
officer investigating the facts of a potential discplinary situation, the
secretary accompanied a member to a meeting with that officer where our member
was fully exonerated, verbally, and the officer gave undertakings about the
outcome of her enquire. However, the written outcome entirely reversed the
verbal findings, quoted evidence that had never been seen or explored in the
meeting, and encouraged the headteacher against who the complaint was now made,
to deal with it through informal disciplinary means. When the NUT objected and
demanded under the Data Protection Act to see the papers, including interview
notes, upon which the recommendations were based, the investigating officer
said that these papers and notes had been destroyed (we queried the judgement
withing 12 hours of receiving it!) The Union put in a formal complaint to the
Acting Director of Education. This was investigated at county level and all the
union's complaints were upheld. The enquiry was set aside as unsafe. The County
Officer investigating the complaint has now recommended that the County set up
a working party to ensure that all parts of the County Council have a robust
and properly preprared complaints system to avoid such fiascos in the future.
The out-going Director accepted this and we are now asking for the
recommendations to be actioned. The working party will be asked to base their
recommendations on the Commission for Local Administration in England's
publication "Running a complaints system, Guidance on good
practice". Secretary has now lodged a second complaint against poor
handling of conditions of service issues in the N Area.
- u The Secretary is to
resurrect the Jobs Warning Page on the internet site, but this time
members will have to apply in writing for information on any school, giving
their membership number, and the reason for requesting the information. Some
information will be posted which is factual and which will be drafted and
forwarded to the school before posting. Warnings will include Section 188
notices issued recently; whether staff have been instructed to invigilate in
2005-6, whether guaranteed PPA has been used for any other purpose, if there
have been TLR appeals at the school, etc. We are aware of staff being recruited
to "schools of concern" or even schools in special measures, who were
not aware of the situation.
- u Facility Time:
this is under review as part of the LA's proposals for restructuring employee
relations. EC to discuss best way forward re. use of facility time, allocation
of facility time to named officers and training programme implications. The CC
has indicated that it is prepared to fund adequate facility time, but this is
now up for negotiation. EC is asked to consider Division's approach.
- u National Minimum
Wage is to rise to £5.35 in October 2006 (affects Division
- Teacher Representative: Andrew Guite has
submitted a printed report on Scrutiny Committee meeting on Recruitment of
- u Treasurer: (1)
Printer: The Division's Brother HL1850 Laser Printer has a broken spindle
which means that nothing can be printed at the moment. The broken part costs
84p. Secretary will keep the Treasurer informed of the cost of fitting that
broken part and effective the repair. Secretary is using his own Epson printer
in the interim. Much slower and not suitable for bulk printing.
- u Treasurer (2) Local
Association Fees 2007: HQ wants Form LS2007 on which to inform them of the
local fee on subscriptions for 2007 to be sent in by Divisions and Associations
by 2nd June. Our Membership meeting does not take place until 6th July. EC to
Section D: Local
- Annual reports received from Sudbury and
Date of next meeting: June