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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday May 9th 2012

Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel

Latest News and Developments:

  1. Suffolk LA has agreed to put all EOTAS tutors either on a contract to a Tuition Centre or on a zero hours contract for demand-led tuition.
  2. A new consultation on the future of St Louis Middle School will take place in the Summer Term
  3. Government has turned down the application of Stowmarket, Bacton and Needham Market Middle Schools to become academies.

Circulars and Information From HQ

  1. EXECUTIVE NEWS April Special
  2. EXECUTIVE NEWS No.179 FEBRUARY 2012
  3. Privatisation Update No.24 - May 2012 is now available on Hearth at http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/15658 - contains latest news and information on academies, free schools and privatisation issues from the NUT's Privatisation in Education Unit.
  4. Circular on Pensions and other campaigns:  Pensions: Conference decided that our pensions campaign must continue. You will see the first cash cut in take home pay in generations as pension contributions start to rise this month. Contributions will go up this April, again in April 2013 and yet again in April 2014. Meanwhile, the pay freeze continues and later in the summer it is likely that the Government will indicate that retirement ages will go up even faster than currently predicted - meaning that young teachers may face the prospect of having to work until 69 or even 70.  We will be seeking to work with all other teaching unions, representing the vast majority of teachers, who have not signed up to the Government’s proposals. Working together we would be able to mount action to really challenge Government. Keep up-to-date with all the latest campaign developments at www.teachers.org.uk/pensions.   Performance management/appraisal & workload campaigns:
    Materials on our performance management/appraisal campaign have been sent to workplaces in England this week. More information can be found at www.teachers.org.uk/appraisals-capability. For the latest information on our workload campaign go to www.teachers.org.uk/workload.  Proposals for local and performance-related pay:  The Government is proposing local pay and bringing forward new proposals for performance-related pay. We will take a motion to TUC Congress in autumn 2012 on this issue and prepare a campaign in the event that Government tries to press ahead with these measures.
  5. ICT SKILLS FOR TEACHERS COURSES -SUMMER TERM 2012: full details are available at http://www.teachers.org.uk/ict-skills
  6. 12-096-EE - REQUEST FOR AFFILIATION TO WOMEN’S LIBRARY- THREAT OF CLOSURE
  7. 12-095-E&E - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: 14-15 JULY 2012
  8. 12-094-SSEE - SCHOOL FUNDING IN ENGLAND – SUMMER TERM 2012 UPDATE: Available on www.teachers.org.uk :
    • school funding reform announcement and consultation
    • pupil premium funding
    • capital allowances
    • school balances
    • academy funding
    • early years funding
    • post-16 funding
    • cuts
  9. 12-093-S&C - BRIEFING FOR DIVISION SECRETARIES - 29 MAY 2012
  10. 12-092-RM - VACANCIES NATIONAL DISCIPLINARY PANEL AND NATIONAL APPEALS COMMITTEE: 2011-2015
  11. 12-091-SC - NUT POCKET DIARY
  12. 12-090-EE - WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR
  13. 12-089-EE - STAND 4 CHANGE: Teacher organisations and schools are being asked to join the Stand 4 Change Day against bullying, on 4 May 2012. On this day, all school communities around the world are invited to stand together for five minutes around noon (local time) to commit to create a safe learning environment for all students and education personnel.
  14. 12-088-OM - QUALIFIED TEACHER LEARNING AND SKILLS: From 1 April 2012, members of the Institute for Learning (IfL) with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status are recognised as qualified to teach in schools. Holders of QTLS who are IfL members have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and may be appointed to permanent positions as qualified teachers, without any further induction requirements. Schools and local authorities will remain responsible for decisions on employing QTLS holders and IfL will maintain the national register of QTLS holders, including those teaching in schools. So far, almost 7,000 teachers and trainers in further education and skills have attained QTLS status. To be recognised as a qualified school teacher, a QTLS holder must maintain their IfL membership. Such teachers can be members of the NUT, of course.
  15. 12-087-ECR - CHANGES TO QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS AND INDUCTION AFFECTING FURTHER EDUCATION AND SOME OVERSEAS TRAINED TEACHERS IN ENGLAND: From 1 April 2012,
      teachers from further education with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be recognised as qualified teachers in schools without the need to apply to the Teaching Agency for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will not be required to complete a statutory induction period
      qualified teachers from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be able to apply for QTS without first undertaking the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP) or some other route to QTS and will be exempt from the requirements of statutory induction, provided they can show that they:
    have successfully completed a programme of professional training for teachers recognised as such by a competent authority in the relevant country
    have satisfied any additional requirements (including any period of professional experience comparable to statutory induction) which are necessary for a person in the relevant country to be eligible for employment as a qualified teacher on a permanent basis;

    are not restricted from teaching either by the Secretary of State or their home regulator; and

    did not fail, prior to 1 April 2012, to obtain UK QTS following assessment.
      OTTs from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland (other than those from the countries listed above) will continue to be able to work in maintained schools in England without UK QTS for up to four years, provided they are on a course which will lead to QTS.
  16. 12-086-SC - ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 2012
  17. 12-085-SS&EE - SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM IN ENGLAND: the DfE’s latest consultation document on reform of the school funding system in England sets out decisions taken by Ministers on key issues such as facilities time but also includes some further proposals for consultation.
  18. 12-084-SSEE - PENSIONS UPDATE – SUMMER TERM 2012
  19. 12-083-EE - MEMBERS IN PUPIL REFERRAL UNITS – NUT POLICY STATEMENT AND INVITATION TO A ROUNDTABLE THIS TERM (26 JUNE 2012)
  20. 12-082-SC - NUT POLITICAL FUND – GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR LOCAL ELECTION ACTIVITIES
  21. 12-081-RM - CONFERENCE 2012 – DELEGATE VOTING ANALYSIS AND CBC ELECTION RESULT
  22. 12-080-SC - SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDANCE FOR DIVISIONS AND LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS: advice to NUT Officers and representatives on avoiding reputational damage to the Union and individuals when using Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  23. 12-076-OM - NEW TEACHERS’ RECRUITMENT MATERIALS 2012
  24. 12-074-RM - EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS: 2012-2014
  25. 12-073-OM - SERVICES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND DIVISIONS
  26. 12-072-ECR - WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY - 28 APRIL 2012: Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Official HSE figures show 171 people were killed in the workplace last year in UK but does not include more than 8,000 people who died of occupational cancers and around 4,000 who died of lung disease.  In addition, 800 people are killed on the roads while working. 7-8,000 deaths from heart or circulatory problems caused by work takes the figure to over 20,000.  Last year 1.9 million people were suffering from an illness that was caused or made worse by their work. But over the last 10 years there has been a 50% fall in the number of workplace safety inspections and prosecutions where employers are found to have been failing on safety at work have dropped by the same amount. Government is cutting funding for the HSE by 35% over the next 3 years.  The TUC is calling on health and safety reps, trades councils and safety campaigners to make 28 April a day of action to defend health and safety from the attacks on regulation, enforcement, cuts and refusal to tackle the massive toll that health and safety breaches take on workers.
  27. 2-071-EE - DISABLED TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE 2012: ‘THE NUT ACHIEVING EQUALITY FOR DISABLED TEACHERS'
  28. 12-070-ECR - CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION: the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2012, and the draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012 both change the law on unfair dismissal to the employer's advantage:  (1) The draft Order increases the qualifying period for legal protection against unfair dismissal from one to two years and also increases from one to two years the qualifying period for entitlement to a written statement of the reasons for dismissal.  (2) The Regulations make a number of amendments to the rules governing employment tribunals, including a new power for tribunals to order a losing party to reimburse the expenses of witnesses called by the successful party.  Both the Regulations and the Order are intended to come into force on 6 April 2012.
  29. 12-066-RM - ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TORQUAY 2012: conference documents.
  30. 12-068 & 069-S&C - NATIONAL PENSION CAMPAIGN: LONDON ACTION ON 28 MARCH 2012
  31. 12-067-EE - COLOMBIA: SUPPORT JUSTICE FOR THE WORKERS OF
  32. 12-065-RM - REGIONAL OFFICERS: TWO FULL-TIME VACANCIES - including Easter Region, Kentford.
  33. 12-062-S&C - NATIONAL PENSION CAMPAIGN CONTINUES WITH LONDON STRIKE ACTION ON MARCH 28 2012

    Regional Office Report

  1. Regional Office has a new postal address (but is still in the same place!): NUT Regional Office, Elm House, 45a Anvil Way, Kennett, Suffolk CB8 8GY.