Notes for Division Meeting: November
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
November 11th 2004 Belstead Brook
Apologies already recorded: For
EC / Both: Kath More For Council: None
for Executive Committee
¤ =Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- Secretary wrote to Glenys on 11th October
requesting more detailed reports on the major national issues and
- Executive News No. 109
- Executive News No 110
- OFSTED report on inclusion NUT
reaction Commenting on todays OFSTED report on inclusion of children
with special needs in mainstream schools, Steve Sinnott said:
OFSTEDs report shows the enormous efforts schools have made to
include children with special educational needs and their willingness to be
seen as inclusive. But ... schools cannot be expected to include children
with severe behavioural difficulties if teachers have tried and not been able
to overcome the problems. Teachers have to have regard for the education of
all other children in the school. Their education must not be disrupted by the
behaviour of children with special needs. David Bell should have said that
special school and unit provision should be available in all local
authorities. He should also have warned that SEN support services, so vital
for inclusion, are under threat from Government pressure on authorities to
delegate more and more of their budgets to individual schools. We are still not
there yet in achieving access to all school buildings for children with
disabilities. Only a minority of schools have lifts allowing access to all
floors for children with mobility difficulties. The Government should reinstate
additional and specific fundings for making school buildings more
accessible. See also Secretary's
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- 04-198-M&C - DIVISION SECRETARIES'
BRIEFING 2005 - Wed 12th to Friday 14th October 2005
- u 04-197-M&C
- EVALUATION OF THE CAMPAIGN TO RECRUIT NEW TEACHERS 2004: For
Associations to complete - did all Assocs return the pro forma and distribute
re. teachers new to Suffolk and on school-based training routes?
- 04-194-EEO - PREVENTING DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE - RESOURCES IN SCHOOLS
- 04-193-CCU - PCS CAMPAIGN IN DEFENSE OF
- u 04-192-EEO -
NUT CONFERENCE ON ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING: TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2005,
Hamilton House. Few details as yet. £30/60 tariff.
- u 04-191-O&A
- 2005 GRANT REGULATIONS. For Local Associations - may wish to make
comments to Glenys.
- 04-190-EEO - NUT SEMINAR FOR EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGISTS - 7 FEBRUARY 2005: Has been circulated to members in service,
plus local rep of AEP.
- 04-189-M&C - SOULBURY-PAID MEMBERS:
- 04-188-EEO - NUT CPD PROGRAMME 2004/05 -
PROMOTING THE PROGRAMME
- u 04-187-SUP -
REVIEW OF THE TEACHERS' PENSION SCHEME Including
Joint Union Advice on responding to the DfES
Consultation on Pensions. This has been distributed to all schools,
apparently. Check re. follow-up. Will people do it?
04-186-SUP - PUBLIC SERVICE PENSIONS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT ON 16
NOVEMBER 2004: FURTHER INFORMATION. Packs are to be available next week to
be distributed via the Secretary. u EC to sort
- 04-185-CCU - NUT WALTER HINES PAGE
- 04-184-CCU - SOLIDARITY WITH BESLAN
TEACHERS: Education International has launched an appeal for contributions
to the EI Solidarity Fund to assist the families of teachers who died in the
tragedy at School No.1 in Beslan, North Ossetia, on 3 September 2004.
See LA Reports.
- ¤ 04-183 -
NUT SUPPLEMENTARY SUBMISSION TO THE SCHOOL TEACHERS' REVIEW BODY, EVIDENCE
FROM THE REWARDS AND INCENTIVES GROUP, NUT SALARY CLAIM AND POWERPOINT
- u 04-182-COS -
BURGUNDY BOOK NEGOTIATIONS: Employers apparently wrote to LEAs (8/04)
suggesting a variation on the national BB conditions of service that (a) the
teachers' sick pay scheme to be replaced by the sick pay scheme which applies
to local government staff under the Green Book. (This means that teachers would
have their entitlement on the first day of sickness absence reduced by the
aggregate of any periods of sickness absence which they have taken in the
previous 12 months and would be expressed in terms of calendar months rather
than the current formula using working days); and (b) the last 8 weeks of
statutory maternity pay to be enhanced by extending the existing entitlement to
12 weeks' half occupational pay by a further 8 weeks. Secretary has written to
Suffolk LEA seeking assurances that they will implement (b) but not (a). AA
replied to say that Suffolk LEA had received no such communication from the
- 04-181-EEO - OFSTED INSPECTIONS SUMMER
2004 - UPDATE: Copy of OFSTED's own briefing to inspectors.
- u 04-180-O&A
- ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2005-TYNESIDE: FRIDAY 25th MARCH TO TUESDAY 29th
MARCH 2005. EC to check on bookings, etc.
- 04-178-COS - PUBLIC SERVICE PENSIONS LOBBY
OF PARLIAMENT-16 NOVEMBER 2004
- 04-177-EEO - JOINT NUT AND SHOW RACISM THE
RED CARD CONFERENCE ON REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKING CHILDREN has been
cancelled due to lack of participants.
- 04-176-H&S - MINIBUS SAFETY:
summarises Union guidance on minibus safety.
- 04-175-SUPN - RETIRED TEACHERS'
MEETING-17th NOVEMBER 2004
- 04-174-M&C - REMINDER-NATIONAL TRAINING
FOR LOCAL OFFICERS: SEPTEMBER 2004-JULY 2005
- u 04-173-H&S
- FACILITIES TIME FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS. At present H&S
Training and time off for County Safety Committee, etc. has been met from the
facilities fund. This can no longer cope with 5-day courses at Stoke Rochford,
for example, and was never intended to cover time for school inspections, etc.
EC to consider approaches to LEA, with or without joint representations via
- 04-172-EEO - NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
2004 - EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD: 40-page report of the 2004 conference.
Dates of next years' conference will be 2-3 July at Stoke Rochford Hall.
- 04-171-CCU - CONSULTATION ON EQUALITY
PRIORITY RESOLUTION: Few replies received by HQ. More wanted (from
associations) and will be received up to November 12th.
- 04-170-CCU - THIRD EUROPEAN SOCIAL
REFORM, Alexandra Palace Friday, 15 to Sunday 17 October incl.(i.e. no
Suffolk NUT meeting before this event). Ipswich Association was supporting -
See Conference, etc. Reports..
|Themes=war and peace; democracy and fundamental rights;
social justice and solidarity; corporate globalisation and global justice;
against racism, discrimination and the far right; environmental crisis and a
sustainable planet. The cost of attendance for the three day event is £30
(waged) or £20 (unwaged and students). Info from
Five seminars specifically about education are being held, as follows.
- Friday, 15 October 7 pm to 9 pm: "Crisis in higher and further
education? Access, fees, privatisation and democracy".
- Saturday, 16 October 9 am to 11 am: "Globalisation, education and the
- Saturday, 16 October 11.30 am to 1.30 pm: "Education is not for sale:
education as a public service not a business".
- Saturday, 16 October 2 pm to 4 pm: "Another education is possible:
opposition and resistance to neo-liberalism".
- Sunday, 17 October 9 am to 12 pm: "Challenging racism in
Speakers from NUT, and from all over Europe.
- 04-169-CCU - BEATING THE PANDEMIC: A
WORKPLACE RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF HIV AND AIDS: a half-day
Conference on Saturday, 4 December 2004 at TUC Congress House, London, to
develop the workplace response to HIV/AIDS, both in the UK and overseas.
04-167-SALS - NUT SUBMISSION TO THE SCHOOL TEACHERS' REVIEW BODY
u Some debate possible?
04-166-SALS - PROGRESSION ON THE UPPER PAY SCALE: SEPTEMBER
2004u EC to check that information has got to
- 04-165-CCU - CUTS IN CIVIL SERVICE JOBS,
PENSIONS AND SERVICES/NUT PENSIONS CAMPAIGN
- 04-164-SALS - LEA AND SCHOOL FUNDING
2005/06 This NUT circular provides information on the funding of LEAs and
schools in England for 2005/06 and NUT advice on minimum funding guarantee
arrangements for all schools and the position of schools facing falling
- 04-163-SUPN - REVIEW OF THE TEACHERS'
PENSIONS SCHEME The recognised teachers' organisations represented on the
Teachers' Panel of the Teachers' Superannuation Working Party will be meeting
on Monday, 4 October to consider jointly agreed guidance to be issued to
members to assist them in responding to the DfES. Details of the consultation
together with the consultation document are available on the DfES website at
www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations. Information and the background leading up to the
consultation exercise is available through the DfES TeacherNet website
www.teachernet.gov.uk/pensions. The consultation exercise is due to run through
to Friday, 10 December 2004 and if you receive enquiries from members we would
ask you to urge them not to respond to the DfES until they have had the
opportunity to see the jointly agreed guidance that will be issued to
- 04-161-M&C - NUT LEARNING
REPRESENTATIVES' FORUM: BUILDING THE NETWORK - MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2004,
- 04-159-EEO - THE NUT'S POSITION STATEMENT
ON '14-19 REFORMS'
- 04-158-L&PS - NEW STATUTORY INFORMATION
AND CONSULTATION ARRANGEMENTS A new statutory right for employees to have
access to workplace information and consultation procedures is due to come into
force next year. No change in LEA schools / Suffolk.
- 04-154-COS - UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN
- 04-151-H&S - HEALTH AND SAFETY
ADVISERS' BULLETIN NO.73
| * Manual Handling Guidance Update
" Select Committee Report on HSC/HSE
" HSC Annual Report
" Heavy School Bags
" Violence at Work
" School Security
" School Nurse Plan Welcomed
Asthma Information " New Asbestos Laws Being Ignored
" Sickness and Absence
Secondary Teacher 'Burnout' "
| * Working Time Directive
* Report Praises Safety Committee
" Brown Book
" Work-Related Stress
" 'Hazards' Magazine
" RoSPA Raises Awareness of Teacher Risk Assessments
" Child Sized Chairs
" NUT Briefing on Role of H&S Adviser
" Camera Mobile Phones
" NUT H&S Advisers' Briefing
" NUT H&S Reps' Training
- 04-150-COS - STANDARD SCHOOL YEAR. The
press reported an 'agreement' between NASUWT and LGA on the standard school
year. The Union wrote to the LGA expressing our concerns. The LGA confirmed
that the statement was issued from their side as a clarification of some issues
that had become the subject of misinterpretation among some members of the
NASUWT and have apologised for not consulting the Union. The LGA further
confirmed that the statement essentially restates the principles agreed with
the members of the Standing Committee in autumn 2003, with the addition of one
other about protecting teacher holiday periods from unreasonable scheduling of
- 04-150-COS - STANDARD SCHOOL YEAR (
- u 04-148-COS -
CAR MILEAGE ALLOWANCES 2004/05 The rates from
1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 as agreed by the NJC for Local Government
Services are as follows, based on a price of 76.18p per litre (346.3p per
gallon) for unleaded petrol (so where do they get their petrol from ??).
The tax-exempt rates remain the same (i.e. 40p per mile for
| Essential Users
|Car Engine Size (cc)
|Lump sum per annum
|Per mile: first 8,500 miles
| Per mile: after 8,500 miles
|Car Engine Size (cc)
| Per mile: first 8,500 miles
|Per mile: after 8,500 miles
- ¤ 04-144-EEO - THE GOVERNMENT'S STRATEGY FOR SEN: NUT advice to
Divisions is to ensure that LEAs:
This advice being forwarded to Vanessa
Harvey-Samuel and Gary Nethercott.
| a) when reviewing their special education provision
have in place consultation arrangements which involve teacher, parent and
b) have a timetable for consultation which has, at minimum, a two term
c) retain sufficient funding to meet the needs of all children and young people
with SEN through adequately funded SEN and behaviour support services;
d) not delegate further SEN resources to schools without thorough consultation
e) guarantee access to a wide range of provision to meet a wide range of need,
including high cost provision such as EBD schools and services for low
incidence special educational needs;
f) ensure that LEAs provide information on high quality professional
development for teachers, which includes the NUT's Continuing Professional
Development courses, on the practical needs of pupils with SEN and disabled
g) ensure that all teachers have practical access to information on the
statutory framework that protects the entitlement of pupils with SEN;
h) monitor the use by schools of funding for continuing professional
development on SEN;
i) implement strategic long term financial planning to enable:
> i. planning for new schools to include specialist units or other provision
in their building programmes, staffing projections and curriculum planning;
> ii. the organisation of flexible arrangements for pupils to attend both
specialist and mainstream provision; and
? iii. the provision of resources for joint planning between specialist and
j) ensure that there is a strategy in place which ensures that there is a wide
range of provision available to pupils with special needs and disabilities and
which has the aim of ensuring stability in provision for at least ten years;
k) in consultation with teacher organisations, provide guidance to schools on
the minimum weekly leadership and management time needed for SENCOs to carry
out their responsibilities;
l) ensure that strategic planning to implement changes outlined in the SEN
strategy dovetails with the LEAs response to the Every Child Matters agenda and
local re-organisation of the delivery of children's services
- 04-143-EEO - DfES' GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL
EDUCATION AUTHORITIES ON THE MANAGEMENT OF SEN EXPENDITURE
- 04-142-CCU - CHILDREN'S FOOD BILL: list
of MPs who had signed the EDM.
Section B: Regional:
- Penny attended the ERC meeting at RO on 16th
Section C: Division / Executive Committee:
- u AGM Date:
Secretary has a problem with March 10th. Would it be possible to move the AGM a
week earlier, to March 3rd. (March 17th is not possible for Secretary, and
March 23rd is the last day of term and the day before Good Friday / Easter
- ¤ Up-dated
advice for Reps,
SENCOs and class teachers on the SEN Audit 2004 (supplements the
original advice re. audit and workload from February
- ¤ Autumn Newsletter posted
on internet 1/11/4 and circulated to members via Association Secretaries
- ¤ Management
Allowances - briefing from Bury NUT (Helen Andrews). Re-printed with
permission from Bury NUT and FAXed to school Reps in Middle / High and larger
primaries beginning of November.
- u Workforce Remodelling
Group met 13/10/04. - NUT raised concern over re-modelling of Management
allowances, financing for PPA (none), disappearance of the 3 day cover rule
(asked LEA to give local advice to schools to retain it as "custom and
practice", need for PPA for peris (e.g. county music school). Also
teachers should not cover for "lessons" "taught" by TAs not
present to teach. (Yes it is happening). - LEA is undertaking PPA Training. As
there is no money for PPA, it means getting schools to share sharp practice,
e.g. "enrichment" afternoons, where classes are divided up for
activities (music, sport, etc) "taught" by non-teaching staff, to
release staff for PPA. Next meeting 20th January.
- Peasenhall: SCC EC resolved to close the school
w.e.f. August 2004 but, curiously, decided not to start the statutory closure
procedures until after Christmas when the final decision would be taken. This
is, they say, to allow time for more attempts at federation, although we do not
see much activity from the LEA on that front.
- u Travel Expenses and
Advisory, etc., staff: The much awaited meeting of the Suffolk Soulbury
panel took place on 1st November. DT and AA reported back verbally to us re.
the Tony Uden report which recommends status quo re. Soulbury staff and
Essential User clauses, pending consideration of the report by Chief
Executive and the County Council. Essential User status would be retained, but
the criteria for deciding whether a post (new or existing) would be re-worded,
in consultation with the Unions concerned. Managers and all staff would be
instructed to seek all reasonable measures to save business miles overall.
It is clear that the Council will not be able to force through the
proposals. The current contractual situation re. EU militates against
making savings on journeys, because if an officer did fewer miles than before,
there was a risk of not being considered an essential user. If EU status can be
awarded on criteria other than total mileage, then there is no disincentive to
staff choosing to use public transport and/or hire car when the circumstances
make this sensible, and cheaper. We expect the LEA to take this into
consideration in future policy. The NUT undertook to work with the LEA to
support genuine savings in business miles, without the employees themselves
subsidising transport costs from their own pocket. We do not have a date
for the next meeting, but we will meet with the LEA again once the Tony Uden
report has been released, and the political decisions confirmed. We anticipate
this will happen before Christmas. Although the current report and decisions
relate only to Soulbury members as far as Education is concerned, the original
intention was to extend the April 2004 proposals to advisory teachers, music
peripatetic teachers, etc. The Teachers' JNC in October accepted an NUT
proposal that no implementation for those on teachers' pay and conditions would
be made until after the resolution of the Soulbury staff's situation.
Clearly, a status quo decision on essential usage for Soulbury will mean
that there should be no attempt to change the situation for any advisory
teacher either, except perhaps to bring Advisory Teacher contracts into
line with any new criteria for Essential User allowance.
- u Section 188
notices: A meeting was held on 19th October to consider redundancy handling
in 2004. The NUT wrote in with a number of concerns, particularly re. Riverside
Middle and Benhall Primary. The LEA is preparing a new Redundancy Pack for
schools which should be ready for the next round, which begins around
Christmas. There remain concerns over practices in the N Area, where the unions
have been informed of 3 situations, but before any Section 188 notice has been
issued. The NUT is providing Reps with the LEA's timetable for redundancy
handling, which they have not themselves been adhering to in all circumstances.
Current known notices for Easter 2005 are Eye Primary, Blundeston and Barnby
& North Cove.
- ¤ Union Inspection
Notice: Secretary asked John Osborne to sign a Union Inspection Notice re.
a Special School in the Western Area, having responded to members' concerns,
examined a whole term's incident forms and made requests and suggestions to the
headteacher, none of which had been taken up. A UIN gives notice of a perceived
breach of H&S legislation and gives a time period (in this case to November
19th) to put matters right by seeking to eliminate the notified hazards.
- Wortham Primary School - OFSTED complaint.
Wortham lodged a complaint against its inspection team and report. This was
supported by John Bangs who kept in touch with OFSTED on the matter. On 26th
October OFSTED informed the Union that the complain was upheld on two counts.
Secretary in touch with John Bangs. Serious weaknesses classification remains,
- A Meeting was held on 9th Nov under the auspices of the
JNC of County Secretaries, Acting Director of Learning and Chief Executive,
Michael More on the decision of SCC to create a post of Director for
Children and Young People. Theirs is a vision of a multi-disciplinary
department at County level, to be reflected in various forms of local
arrangements ("trusts"?) which would have particularly sharp
consequences for Area Education Offices. Areas already under the stewardship of
the County Council (schools, adult education, parts of the youth service, and
social services) would be lead by a single director, mainly embracing ages 0
(or pre-natal) to 19 (or thereabouts) but close working arrangements would have
to be made with other agencies, such as the LSC and, notably separate from the
Co Council, the Health Service trusts. Much optimistic talk of enabling better
delivery of services where needed, and raising educational standards for the
most disadvantaged by social policy support and intervention in the early
years. It would be delivered in "localities" by a variety of
structures, where the school would become the focus of extended services to the
community. The concept has been generally well received in schools and
elsewhere at managerial levels. We put the proviso that it would all depend on
how change was brought about and, of course, resourced. In the absence of very
large investment of extra resourcing, it could all just be an expensive
re-painting of an empty shell. Will it actually get us more Educational
Psychologists or ensure that they were available when required.
- A Letter to East Anglian
Times was published on 28th October, re.
inclusion and the removal
of ASCs., occasions by an article in the EADT featuring the Westgate
Partial Hearing Unit. This in itself tied in with OFSTED's report commented on
above on SEN integration.
- ¤ Nominations for
Division Officer Posts received by 1st October 2004:
The current Vice President, Peter Dunnett, will become the
President at the AGM. It will be the turn of Ipswich Association to nominate
the next Vice President.
|Equal Opportunities Officer
- ¤ Teacher
Representatives: Report on
Learning For Life Overview
and Scrutiny Committee Thursday 23rd September 2004
- ¤ Courses and
Conferences: Margaret Bulaitis (Ipswich Association) to report on the
European Social Forum event.
- Student Recruitment:Up-date.
Section E: Local Associations
- Bury St Edmunds Association
has contributed £200 to the fund set up for the families of teachers
killed in Beslan.
Date of next meeting: January
27th 2005 Venue to be announced
Notes for Previous Meeting: