Suffolk Division NUT
Information for Division Meeting on Wednesday 7th May 2014
Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich 18:30 for 19:00
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|PENSIONS, PAY AND CONDITIONS CAMPAIGN: Don’t forget that non-members can join the NUT and take part in the strike right up to and including on the day of the strike itself. They would be legally covered to take part in the strike.|
Stand up for education: The street stalls continue to be a great success
2014 – The Year of the Curriculum: Four units of the NUT’s joint project with the Curriculum Foundation are now available on Hearth and the website. This major project is intended to support teachers in curriculum design. A PowerPoint presentation is available on Hearth for use by NUT officers in meetings or training events. Following the success of the regional CPD events this term, new events for the autumn term are being planned. Please continue to encourage members to use the Year of the Curriculum resources.
SCHOOL FUNDING CONSULTATION: The Government has announced arrangements for school funding for 2015-16, but the National Funding Formula will not be implemented in April 2015 as expected.
SCHOOL PLACES CRISIS CAMPAIGN: A new campaign video
WHY IMMIGRATION IS GOOD FOR ALL OF US: Class (Centre for Labour and Social Studies) have produced an excellent mythbuster on immigration which can be downloaded from their website.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
(2) National Education Conference, Stoke Rochford – 5/6 July 2014: The theme for the conference is Uniting for Quality Education.
(3) New Regional School Learning Representative Courses: Pilot summer term courses are being held in Birmingham and Sunderland.
(4) EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS 2014 – 2016: Ballot papers in districts and equality constituencies where seats are contested* were despatched to members eligible to vote on 19 March.
(1) Organising for International Solidarity: Good Practice Guide. Successfully launched last month at the well-attended Organising for international solidarity course, a new good practice guide for NUT members and associations. Printed copies can be ordered from email@example.com
(2) Global Education 'Reform': Building Resistance and Solidarity – 24 May 2014 Applications are invited to attend this one day conference, in partnership with Teacher Solidarity. The event will bring together academics from five continents with NUT activists to share experiences of global education 'reform', resistance to it and the possibilities for solidarity. The conference is free to NUT members, subject to a £25 refundable deposit, and will be held on 24 May from 9.30 – 16.30 at NUT Headquarters.
|NEW TEACHERS’ RECRUITMENT MATERIALS 2014. Associations were asked to order their NQT packs by 28 April.. Recruitment materials will only be sent to those associations that submit an order form. Any problems questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7380 4822/4780.|
|REINSTATEMENT MEMBERSHIP OFFER: All members who are reinstating their membership will benefit from a concession to pay only 50 per cent of their equivalent annual subscription rather than the full rate. This offer will operate until 1 July 2014, after which the normal pro-rata subscription rate of 50 per cent will apply in the usual way. The offer will be publicised to members and school representatives to encourage members who have lapsed within the past five years to reinstate their membership at a beneficial rate. Members who have been outside membership for five or more years would qualify for the free membership offer.|
|Bangladesh: The Rana Plaza Arrangement: Ten months have now passed since Rana Plaza collapsed and 1,138 people lost their lives and over 2,000 more were injured. The Rana Plaza Arrangement is an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs. Support the campaign at: http://www.ranaplaza-arrangement.org/|
5) GG has informed the Union that there is a new EOTAS policy from the LA, which was to go to Cabinet for Approval "in April/May 2014". They tell us that it will address the issues we have indicated to them where SCC does not meet the DfE statutory guidance. They don't have the confidence to let us see any draft. We find it difficult to see how the current structure, of PRUs + centrally employed ZH staff, can be configured to provide the kind of joined-up services required, especially in the area of medical cases, where there is a huge range of possibilities and demands, but no actual organisation. The latest is that this is not likely to be put to Cabinet until the Autumn.
6) The issue of sick pay and payment for "no shows" for ZH staff remains unresolved. The LA are refusing to entertain further discussions and so we will be forced to take either a test case or pursue via (another!) dispute.
1 - All ZH staff and those who were EOTAS tutors in Suffolk under the old system before Sept 2012, should have received a letter from Cheryl Sharland before Christmas rescinding the sentence in Georgina Green's letter (to ZH staff only) on July 2nd 2013 that took away all continuity of service prior to Sept 2012. The NUT's Dispute was eventually successful. In that letter, they announced that they were going to examine each person's record of 1:1 tutoring and check when the start date should be. We know that records of tuition going back over a decade will be sketchy, and we fear that the LA will want to interpret any lack of work as "a break". They have put in their final agreement with us that "the presumption will be that there is continuity", but we need to check each and every calculation.
Latest: responses received indicated that no follow-up letters have been received. Secretary is chasing.
Even when continuity of service for EOTAS is confirmed, the LA also has to acknowledge any continuous Government Service before ZH staff started with EOTAS or in Suffolk - in which case there are two separate dates to be confirmed. The likelihood of mistakes is high.
2 - EOTAS staff assigned to work at No 46 (K@46) and KAP (was Westbrook) have been transferred to be managed by Kingsfield PRU (Stowmarket) as of 1st April. Zero Hours staff working in the West have not, after all, been transferred to Kingsfield. Some ZH staff are getting work assigned by Kingsfield Leads, others are assigned work by the EOTAS Coordinators. Needless to say, none of this has been properly sorted out through no fault of Kingsfield. This can leave the ZH staff once again without a Headteacher manager which could cause problems re. performance management, personnel decisions and pay determination. These are statutory requirements and we will have to continue to pursue the Authority to ensure that ZH teachers can progress, for example, to and up the Upper Pay Spine - see (3).
3. The LA has not consulted on any changes to the pay policy for 2014-2015. So there should not be any changes. And pay decisions for Sept 2014 are in accordance with the EOTAS policy circulated last May. If you are on M6 you should apply to cross the threshold and be assessed for this. The decision should be announced by October 31st and, if successful, back paid to 1st September, If you have been on UPS1 or UPS2 for more than one year, your Appraisal should currently automatically consider whether you should be paid on UPS2 (or 3 respectively). I.e. no application is required for UPS2 or 3 - it should be awarded (or not!) as part of your normal Performance Management and Appraisal cycle. If you do not get UPS1, or pay progression to 2 or 3 when eligible, you can appeal and you are entitled to Union representation. It is particularly important that ZH staff also seek to have proper PM and to have access to UPS1,2 or 3 when eligible. The lack of Headteacher is not justification for not making the pay assessment - that is their problem. If you have applied for UPS1 or have been on UPS1 or 2 for more than a year, then ZH staff too should have access to the normal pay progression.
4. St Christopher's and Parkside PRUs have put off their conversion to academies again, now to June. This was to allow the new Centre at Priory Heath to be set up first. A first consultation meeting has now taken place and the Union is urging postponement until September.
5. At a meeting at Kingsfield in February, it was stated that it was possible that all ZH staff would be managed centrally and not be transferred to PRU management. So far, the LA has not announced its decision, but as ZH staff have not received letters transferring them to be managed by a PRU, the decision had actually been taken. In true EOTAS fashion, this will emerge well after the event. At the end of March, GG wrote to the Union saying "All ZH staff have been allocated a lead teacher to provide professional guidance and that has been communicated to staff." We don't think it has been communicated. The statement went on "It is neither practical nor desirable to have all ZH staff reporting to someone with Headteacher status". This again makes it clear that the LA has no intention of bringing ZH staff to be managed by the PRUs. We have pointed out that "someone with Headteacher status" is required by regulation. GG clearly does not consider this important. We fear another incident such as occurred in March 2013, with the personal consequences and bad publicity which followed. In the meantime, an advertisement is going out for the appointment of someone to manage all the EOTAS ZH staff in the county, as predicted.
6. ZH tutors in the North appear to be the only ones actually employed under a Headteacher, i.e. of Attic, although this, too, is not in writing anywhere and so could change.
7. If ZH teachers are managed by a Lead Teacher, we are saying that they need to appoint at least one Advisory Headteacher to fulfil the statutory role.
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