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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday 8th May 2013

Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich   18:30 for 19:00

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Circulars and Information From HQ

  1. 13-074-OM - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING: 9th To 11th OCT and NEW SECRETARIES' COURSE: 7th to 9TH OCT 2013
  2. 13-073-ECR - SUBMISSION TO THE SCHOOL TEACHERS' REVIEW BODY: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: The NUT has been asked whether there is any evidence of schools managing the time of teachers so as to minimise excessive working hours. Contact Graham.
  3. 13-071-SC - WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR
  4. 13-070-SC - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING : 20 MAY 2013 at HAMILTON HOUSE
  5. 13-068-SC - PROTECTING TEACHERS: DEFENDING EDUCATION:CAMPAIGN UPDATE: The joint pay policy checklist was circulated via email to NUT and NASUWT local officers and school representatives on 26 April 2013. Paper copies of the checklist were sent to school representatives and to head teachers and chairs of governors of all schools in England and Wales next week.   It sets out our minimum expectations on the contents of school pay policies.  Where a school policy does not comply with these standards, the NUT and NASUWT will support members in taking sustained strike action in the school.  Reps have received a Reps’ Bulletin, asking them to take immediate steps to win a satisfactory pay policy for their school – including by talking to the NASUWT representative, members and the head teacher.
  6. 13-067-SC - ELECTIONS ON THURSDAY, 2 MAY 2013
  7. 13-069-EE - BANGLADESHI FACTORY COLLAPSE: urges associations and divisions to support the War on Want petition to demand that UK high street brands take responsibility for the Bangladesh factory collapse.  Call on Primark, Matalan and Mango to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement to prevent the future deaths of garment workers. The petition can be found on http://waronwant.org/bangladeshf
  8. 13-066-ECR - CONFERENCE FOR SUPPLY TEACHERS - SATURDAY, 6 JULY 2013: for supply teacher members to be held on Saturday, 6 July 2013, at Hamilton House, from 11.30am to 4pm. Local officers are also invited to attend.  To consider local and national strategies to tackle the issues affecting supply teacher employment, including pay rates from private agencies, use of unqualified staff and lack of pension provision.
  9. 13-065-OM - NUT HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS' BRIEFING COURSE: 20-22 NOVEMBER 2013 at Stoke Rochford Hall, open to all NUT health and safety advisers and to division and association secretaries who undertake advisory work in this area due to the absence of elected advisers.   To brief advisers on recent developments in the law and practice in health and safety and to provide opportunities to share experiences of practical negotiations and casework on health and safety issues.
  10. 13-063-SSEE - SCHOOL FUNDING IN ENGLAND: SUMMER TERM 2013 UPDATE termly update on Hearth also be sent to NUT schools forum representatives. 
  11. 13-062-OM - EVERY SCHOOL NEEDS A LEARNING REPRESENTATIVE!: HQ has appointed a Regional Learning Organiser, Judy Ellerby, who will be working with existing division ULRs to support them in recruiting school-based learning representatives. Recruitment of school-based learning representatives will also be aimed at school representatives’ training days across the regions, specific national training events and with targeted divisions/associations and equalities groups.
  12. 13-061-S&C - INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY OFFICER: the Union is mapping the spread of International Solidarity Officers. If your association or division has an International Solidarity Officer already, please complete details on the attached Form 17 and return it to the International team at Head Office.  If your association or division does not yet have an International Solidarity Officer, you are urged to encourage members to step forward to undertake this role.
  13. 13-064-ECR - JOINT UNION ASBESTOS COMMITTEE (JUAC) WARNING ABOUT ASBESTOS IN WARM AIR CABINET HEATERS: the closure of a school in Wales because of extensive asbestos contamination in such heaters, which led to the release of amosite fibres into classrooms, has drawn attention to the fact that not all employers have managed these heaters in accordance with the 1982 advice which recommended replacement of asbestos materials with asbestos-free substitutes, or, at the very least, the sealing of exposed panels.  Guidance on Hearth.
  14. 13-060-EE - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: 13-14 JULY 2013
  15. 13-059-O&M - YOUNG TEACHERS' CONFERENCE: EXTENDED DEADLINE
  16. 13-056-OM - NATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FOR LOCAL OFFICERS : SUMMER AND AUTUMN TERM 2013
  17. 13-058-ECR - RE-ISSUED - FALSE ALLEGATIONS SURVEY: (see 13- 051) re-issued following a number of reported technical problems with the Survey Monkey software
  18. 13-057-SC - EDUCATION FOR ALL DAY UK
  19. 13-055-SC - PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY: The Union is supporting the People’s Assembly which has been called to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation in a movement for social justice.  The Assembly will meet in London on Saturday, 22 June 2013 at Central Hall, Westminster to provide a national forum for anti-austerity views.  Divisions and associations are encouraged to publicise the People’s Assembly to members locally and to send a representative.
  20. 13-054-SSEE - SCHOOL TEACHERS' PAY :DRAFT 2013 STPCD AND DfE ADVICE: The DfE has published the draft 2013 STPCD and Departmental Advice (the ‘Toolkit)’ on /www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/payandpensions/a00203870/strb-remit-21st-report.  The Union is continuing to work with the NASUWT on a model pay policy and a pay policy checklist.
  21. 13-053-SC - DENMARK: TEACHER LOCKOUT UNDERMINES DANISH MODEL OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: 30,000 Danish teachers took to the streets on 11 April to protest a closure of schools that has stopped over 800,000 pupils attending classes.  Thousands of teachers marched on parliament to demand that schools reopen.  At least 52,000 teachers and an estimated 875,000 students have been kept from attending classes since a lockout was imposed by municipal employers in April.  The Danish Teachers’ Union, DLF, is in dispute with employers over the ending of the collective agreement known as the Danish Model, characterised by negotiations between the employers’ organisations and the unions – without any interference by the government – about pay, working hours and other employment conditions.
  22. 13-052-SSEE - PENSIONS SUMMER TERM 2013 UPDATE: on
  23. 13-051-ECR - FALSE ALLEGATIONS SURVEY: on https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G7GD2YR . Seeks to gauge:
    1. the extent to which teachers are subjected to allegations of abuse;
    2. the source of the allegations;
    3. whether particular groups of teachers are more likely than others to have false allegations made against them;
    4. the extent to which teachers feel supported when false allegations are made; and
    5. the impact of false allegations on teachers’ careers.
  24. 13-050-SC - PROTECTING TEACHERS, DEFENDING EDUCATION - ACTION UPDATE ONE
  25. 13-049-EE - PAKISTAN: ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS
  26. 13-048-ECR - FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS AND COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCY CONSULTATION: The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 came into effect on 6 April 2013, reducing the minimum consultation period for collective redundancies of 100 or more employees from 90 to 45 days. The Order will also amend section 282 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act (the TULRCA) to exclude from collective consultation any employee on a fixed-term contract, except those who the employer intends to dismiss prematurely, i.e., before the expiry of their fixed-term contract. Currently, section 282 excludes from consultation only employees on fixed-term contracts of three months or less.
  27. 13-047-SC - SHREWSBURY 24 CAMPAIGN
  28. 13-046-ECR - WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY - 28 APRIL 2013
  29. 13-044-RM - REGIONAL OFFICER: YORKSHIRE/MIDLANDS (R302)
  30. 13-043-ECR - HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS' BULLETIN NO.94
    • Planning requirements for free schools
    • Mould in schools - new NUT guidance
    • Time off for training – TUC guidance
    • Hazards at work – TUC publication
    • TUC health and safety manifesto
    • Asbestos information
    • Asbestos failures in Thurrock
    • Education select committee – hearing on asbestos in schools
    • News from the HSE board
    • Hazards conference 2013
    • News from the HSE Board
    • Hazards conference 2013
    • New RoSPA resources
    • West Yorkshire council in court over caretaker’s fall
    • Local authority prosecuted after disabled boy nearly drowned
    • Recent NUT health and safety circulars
    • NUT health and safety representatives’ training course
  31. 13-042-EE - SYRIA : STOP THE SUFFERING :
  32. 13-041-OM - MUSIC FOR YOUTH - PRACTICAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS: a series of FREE Teacher Resources, produced by Music for Youth and supported by the Union’s Professional Development programme.  These resources offer creative ideas for use in the classroom or in whole class instrumental teaching, alongside extension activities for use in different settings and links to the curriculum.  The activities produced from original compositions by young musicians can be used as helpful tools to support teaching pupils in composing music.
  33. 13-040-S&C - CAMPAIGN FOR TRADE UNION FREEDOM: LAUNCH 23 MARCH 2013, was formed from the merger of the Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions and the Campaign for the Repeal of the Anti-Union Laws. It is supported by over 25 national unions, including the NUT and over 200 trades councils and individuals.  The CTUF calls for:  ‘Positive legislation in the field of industrial relations is required – laws which will protect trade unions from legal attacks, allow them to operate democratically and protect their members; laws which restore and extend collective bargaining, give each worker the right to strike and be represented by a union, protect workers against exploitation and provide the basis for a fairer and more just society.’
  34. 13-03-RM - REGIONAL SECRETARY: SOUTH EAST REGION
  35. 13-038-OM - AFFINITY PARTNERS AT CONFERENCE: Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers, in conjunction with Aviva, has established a tailored commercial insurance product to meet the specific insurance needs of local offices for local associations and divisions. The insurance covers assets, legal liabilities, revenue protection, employee benefits and includes a 24 hour claims line and a 24 hour legal and tax helpline.
  36. 13-037-S&C - PAY, PENSIONS AND CONDITIONS:JOINT NUT/NASUWT CAMPAIGN: Both the NUT and the NASUWT have given notice to employers in England and Wales that the action short of strike action instructions will be extended to include the adoption of the joint pay policy at school level. This action short of strike action is likely to take effect from the end of April and local officers will be kept fully informed of this stage in the joint dispute. Where agreement cannot be reached with schools to adopt our policy, or another that meets our checklist, then if members support it, the established route of escalation to sustained strike action is available.
  37. 3-036-SC - PAY, PENSIONS AND CONDITIONS - JOINT NUT/NASUWT ACTION STRATEGY: Joint NUT/NASUWT Press Conference:
  38. 13-035-SSEE - SCHOOL TEACHERS' PAY: SEPTEMBER 2013: The objective of NUT and NASUWT policy and action strategies are to secure at school level agreements on the following issues in response to the Gove proposals:
  39. 13-034-OM - NEW TEACHERS' RECRUITMENT MATERIALS 2013
    Report from MG, EOTAS and Soulbury Caseworker:
  40. EOTAS Review : The EOTAS Review findings were released to the Unions but embargoed until the EOTAS Conference on 19th May.  The findings reflected totally the concerns and management failings that we have been pointing out for 18 months, and included the perception of interviewees that there was a feeling that EOTAS management were not capable of bringing about the required changes.  However, in the Conference, the presentation of the findings glossed over all the important detail, and failed to highlight the seriousness of the situation which had been revealed (or from our point of view) confirmed.  At the Review Board meeting on 3rd May, HR and CC agreed that it had been mistake not to go over the detailed findings at the Conference (which were in attendees' packs, but not drawn to their attention).  Others have suggested that it was a deliberate ploy.  What it meant was that a lot more time has been lost because the conference spent time reiterating the problems, but in an open forum where it was much more difficult for people to be frank about the situation. The NUT submitted to the Review Board a list of urgent matters which management need to address immediately.  Working parties are being set up to take the Conference issues forward, but to these have been added the issues we submitted.  As a result, MG has been asked to take part in an extra working party to put the EOTAS Handbook together, which had been started in October at our instigation, but then lapsed.  MG is also meeting the EOTAS Admin to try to sort out the procedure for claiming hours (zero hours staff), travel, and expenses.
  41. Re-Re-structure: As a result of publicity surrounding an incident and BBC reporting, the LA decided to register all EOTAS pupils not on a school roll as being attached to a PRU. Also, the structure is being "temporarily" (?) amended so that the role of Learning Advisers has been taken over by PRU Heads, although one Learning Adviser remains in the Ipswich area.  The PRU Heads are now to be termed "Executive Heads" of the EOTAS centres.  However, this leads to more uncertainty about who the actual line manager is, because EOTAS centre staff have an "executive head" but are not PRU employees.  Working time and conditions are different between a PRU, a Centre, and zero-hours staff.  More chaos beckons.
  42. EOTAS: Belle Vue: Despite our lobbying, all requests for information from the LA as to why Belle Vue has been vacated by EOTAS have been ignored.  The Division has information from Babergh District Council, owners of Belle Vue House, that EOTAS was welcome to stay there this term.  Instead, the LA took its tuition centre out of Belle Vue and put them into smaller premises at No 46 in BSE (reducing travel costs of course), and put the staff and work done at No 46 into Westbrook, much against the staff's views.
  43. EOTAS: 4'rce. There is still no proper written protocol to set out where responsibilities lie between SCC and 4'rce when 4'rce staff are working in SCC run centres, or where SCC staff are working in 4'rce centres.  This continues to cause great stresses and opens staff up to inadequate H&S procedures and protections.
  44. Hospital Teacher, West Suffolk: The promised talks involving the hospital teacher himself have not materialised.
  45. Soulbury: The Review of the Sensory and Communications Service is under way, but the Unions have not yet been consulted.  We have put in some views anyway. As with EOTAS, the Review comes after decisions have actually been made - the proposal is to employ teachers on STP&CDs to take on the role of Advisory Teachers, with less pay. This is already being implemented, and staff were appointed last year on teachers' pay, instead of Soulbury, and more were added in April.  Existing staff are protected.  This is effectively down-grading the work of these advisory teachers, and the expert service to schools.
  46. Following clear mishandling of the same incident as in 41 above, 4 members of staff were suspended, one of whom was an NUT member. The Union immediately pointed out that the suspension was not made in accordance with accepted procedures or the DfE statutory guidelines.  In fact there were no grounds for suspension.  The investigator subsequently agreed and the suspension was quickly lifted, but not until great damage was done. MG has taken the issue up with the LA at a high level, and fed into a Safeguarding Review which has been carried out re. all EOTAS centres.  Reports are awaited from that report, and from a report into the handling of the incident, and the suspensions. The findings are likely to be kept confidential to management, but we will be seeking full disclosure and appropriate action.  The Union will be seeking clearer guidelines and supervision of EOTAS managers, who clearly had not been aware of the appropriate checks and balances that need to be gone through before making a decision to suspend a teacher.  It looks very much as if the decision was made hastily, in anger at a suspicion that someone had alerted the BBC.  Ridiculously, this was termed "a breach of the Data Protection Act".

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