These notes are up-dated
regularly and not completed / finalised until the day before
meeting ( September 2005)
Notes for Division Meeting: November
Executive Committee (17:30 - 18:30)
and DIVISION COUNCIL MEETING (19:00 - 21:00)
Thursday, November 3rd 2005Ipswich
Apologies already recorded: For
EC / Both: None For Council: Sharon Cozens
for Executive Committee
=Items for Division Council
National with National Executive Report
¤ Report from Glenys Shepherd.
- NUT News 22 - Pensions
- Executive News
119. October 2005
- NUT Advice on OFSTED Inspection Framework: Advice
on www.teachers..org.uk on: Notice of Inspections, Process of Inspections,
Staffing of Inspections, The Inspection Framework, Self Evaluation; Reporting,
Schools Causing Concern, Subject Inspections, Complaints and an Annex giving
advice in Self-Evaluation Forms (SEF).
- Keep the Noise Down: NUT leaflet on the effect of
noise on teachers (Part of "Stop that Noise", European H&S
- Headway: The October 2005 edition has been sent
to all headteachers, because of its importance re. restructuring.
- Press Release: Commenting on the new Education
White Paper, Steve Sinnott, NUT General Secretary, said: "This is
an extraordinarily wrong-headed White Paper. The Education Secretary's picture
of legions of parents knocking on the door to control schools is not based in
reality. "Parents do not want to control schools. They want to know they
can turn to their head teacher or teacher if they have questions about their
children's education. They want to know their child is happy, safe and
learning. Above all they want a good local school for their children. The
vision of so-called academy style freedoms with a new and confused role for
local authorities is hardly a recipe for stability and confidence amongst both
teachers and parents. Instead of democratic accountability through education
authorities we have a confusing mish mash of trusts and parents' councils all
with a say in the running of our schools. This is a tangled web of
responsibility rather than clear lines. The pity is that hidden amongst
outlandish ideas, the White Paper has some genuinely good proposals. In
particular, the commitment to personalised learning which the Union has been
urging on the Government. That is now to be delivered with ring-fenced funding.
If the Education Secretary is sincere about new freedoms in the National
Curriculum, the profession will be delighted."
- Press Release 2: Commenting on the Prime Minister's
speech on the White Paper, Steve Sinnott, NUT General Secretary,said:
"The Government's proposals will lead to chaos in admissions and
planning gridlock. Its obsession with choice ignores the fact that parents
operate on a far fromlevel playing field. It is pandering to the pushy middle
classes at the expense ofchildren in less advantaged circumstances. Allowing
parents to set up schools regardless of existing capacity in an area
willundermine provision for all. But where are these parents going to come
from? Currently too few are willing to serve as school governors let alone
establish and runnew schools. "What parents want is high quality education
from their local school. The idea that the Government is promoting new freedoms
for schools belies thereality of its proposals. Schools will be replacing local
authority support withincreased central control. In any case, the freedom to
become a foundation schoolhas existed since 1997 and few schools have been
interested in going down thatroad. The idea of employers setting up schools to
meet their own perceived skill shortages contradicts the purpose of education
and creates a service which is aboutfitting each child to meet the needs of
that employer. It won't help young peopleadapt to the changing economic and
commercial base of this country. Mr Blair's proposals seem to be based on his
view of London schools, ignoring theneeds of children and parents in our towns,
rural areas, and other cities. A period of calm would be more welcome in our
schools than yet another period ofchange. Schools have faced initiative after
initiative for almost 20 years and rarely isthere a chance for one initiative
to bed down before another comes along."
- Press Release 3: Commenting on the Sir Alan Steer
Practitioners Group report on pupil behaviour,Steve Sinnott, NUT General
Secretary, said: "This report is very welcome. It has its origins in
the NUT's Pupil Behaviour Charterreleased in September and submitted to the
group in evidence. I am delighted thatthe group has taken up the idea of a
behaviour charter. It has taken a practical approach to improving behaviour
rather than throwing itscollective hands in the air in despair. I particularly
welcome the group and theGovernment's recognition that parents accepting their
responsibilities is crucial togood discipline in our schools. I am especially
delighted that the Government accepts the group's recognition ofthe need for
teachers to have a statutory right to discipline pupils rather thanleaving it
to the vagaries of ancient and modern case law. This is a proposal forwhich the
NUT pressed long and hard. It will aid teachers in tackling persistent lowlevel
disruption which is too often met with "you can't do anything to me,
miss".This will help put a stop to that. It will also help combat false
allegations against teachers who can end up in courtfor responding sensibly in
difficult situations. But this must be coupled with clearnational guidance on
restraining pupils and on how allegations against teachersshould be handled. In
addition, the group accepts that pastoral care is integral to teachers' work.
It hasrightly urged that teachers' responsibilities for pastoral work should
continue toattract additional salary. The Government had the courage to set up
the Steer Group which has made many very welcome proposals. So far, the
Government has responded positively to manyaspects but there is still work to
be done in the Ministerial Group. I hope that issues not taken up by the
Government at this stage will be adoptedwhen the Ministerial Group reports.
These include national guidance on physicalrestraint, a charter on pupil
behaviour and classroom teacher representation onindependent appeals
- Threshold round 6 (2005-6): Practical advice from
the NUT is published on www.teachers.org.uk and DfES advice
together with a model Threshold Assessment Application Form for applicants is
Circulars from HQ, etc:
- 05-159-H&S - WATCH YOUR STEP - HSE SLIPS AND TRIPS
CAMPAIGN: HSE 2-page reminder.
- 05-158-COS - UPDATE ON PFI AND BSF INITIATIVES
- 05-157-O&A - REGIONAL OFFICER - EASTERN: VACANCY
- u 05-147-M&C -
EVALUATION OF THE CAMPAIGN TO RECRUIT NEW TEACHERS 2005: request for feedback
from Local Associations.
05-155-COS - NUT POLICY AND ADVICE ON SETTING OR MARKING WORK FOR
SUPPORT STAFF COVERING CLASSES DURING PPA TIME: From NUT HQ:
|It has been suggested that teachers have a duty by
virtue of their status as teachers "assigned" to a class or group to
set and mark work undertaken by support staff covering their classes during PPA
time. References to such assignment are to be found in paragraph 60.3.3, of
Section 2 of the 2005 Pay and Conditions Document, and in the Section 4
guidance, at paragraphs 42-45. To interpret these provisions as implying a duty
upon teachers to set or mark work for support staff is not correct.
|As paragraph 42, of Section 4 of the 2005 Pay and
Conditions Document makes clear, the duty upon head teachers to assign a
qualified teacher to every group or class is intended to "protect the role
of the qualified teacher and prevent job substitution". Whilst the Union
does not accept that this provision provides real and effective protection of
qualified teacher status, a provision which has this purpose must not now be
interpreted to impose an extra burden on teachers.
- 05-154-M&C - A REMINDER: NUT HEALTH AND SAFETY
ADVISERS' BRIEFING COURSE: 28-30 NOVEMBER 2005
- 05-153-M&C - DATE OF DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING
2006 will be Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 October 2006.
- 05-152-EEO - ACADEMIES TIMELINE
- 05-151-M&C - NUT LEARNING REPRESENTATIVES' FORUM:
SPREADING THE NET - WEDNESDAY, 15 MARCH 2006
- ¤ 05-150-SUP - TEACHERS'/PUBLIC SERVICE PENSIONS - PUBLIC
SERVICES FORUM AGREEMENT
Full agreement is
available on the Suffolk NUT website.
|The central feature of the PSF agreement is that the
pension benefits and entitlements of all existing scheme members will be
protected for life. All existing scheme members will, therefore, continue to
receive their current level of benefits payable in full at age 60 with no
actuarial reduction. The lifetime protection afforded to existing members of
the scheme under this agreement will account for most of the savings arising
from a move to a normal pension age of 65 for new entrants.
| The central agreement however provides for scheme
specific negotiations to make provision for higher collective or individual
contributions to offset the effects of the new normal pension age which is
expected to operate from 1 September 2006. New entrants will retain the right
to retire at age 60.
05-148-CCU - NUT WALTER HINES PAGE SCHOLARSHIP - 2006-2007
- 05-146-M&C - SOULBURY-PAID MEMBERS: RECRUITMENT
- u 05-145-M&C - NEW
- ¤ 05-143-O&A - NATIONAL OFFICERS' ELECTIONS: 2006 - 2008:
|Senior and Junior
|Examiners of Accounts:
- 05-142-H&S - CAR MILEAGE ALLOWANCES 2005/06: Gives
the new JNC rates. Does not apply to Suffolk as they now use the tax exempt
rate which remains unchanged at 40p per mile for cars.
- 05-141-E&EO - REMINDER: NUT PRIDE IN EDUCATION
CONFERENCE - 2005
- 05-140-O&A - ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006 - TORQUAY:
FRIDAY 14 APRIL TO TUESDAY, 18 APRIL 2006: arrangements for motions,
- 05-139-E&EO - REMINDER: NUT CONFERENCE ON 14-19
EDUCATION: TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2005-HAMILTON HOUSE
05-138-E&EO - 'LEARNING TO BEHAVE - A CHARTER FOR SCHOOLS IN
ENGLAND'. A copy has been posted
on the website.
- 05-137-SALS - TEACHING AND LEARNING RESPONSIBILITY
PAYMENTS (TLRs) : UPDATE FOR DIVISIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- 05-136-H&S - LOCAL HEALTH AND SAFETY STRUCTURES:
Advice to Divisions and Associations, forwarded to John Osborne.
- From CASE: Conference Sat 19th November, UL Union
on Only the best for all!. Also copies of Case Notes Issue 11
October 2005, "Doors to increased parental involvement begin to
- From the Anti-SATs Alliance - change of website
to www.rethinked.org.uk . Campaign is to focus pro tem on promoting
alternatives to SATs rather than a simple boycott. Publication "Another
School is Possible" expected soon.
Section B: Regional: Regional Office to
- ¤ Congratulations to Hilary Bucky who has been appointed Regional
Secretary. Region is now looking for a Regional Official to complete permanent
staffing of RO.
- Invitation to the official opening of the E Region
office at Kentford, 13:30 on Tuesday 22nd November.
- Next ERC meeting, Nov 5th. First one at Kentford.
Section C: Division /
- ¤ Re-structuring: Circulars from Division on How do we
respond and on non-statutory nature of RIG were followed by We'll speak
for you and a model letter from HQ to send to governing bodies setting out
the NUT's view on restructuring and seeking no loss of salary. A very wide
range of responses from schools: Secondary restructuring is proving the most
detrimental. Some members are facing a £5,000 drop in salary. Secretary
has pledged support to all individuals facing losses, is urging a full
objection, personal and collective, to such restructuring proposals, and is
encouraging schools to ballot where feeling is strong. So far, just one school
has indicated that they might wish to ballot. We need to be geared up to deal
with any grievances which follow. NASUWT secretary has confirmed that they will
not be taking any action in protest against restructuring which disadvantages
their members. It is down to us, as usual.
- Section 188 notices issued (for Easter +
September 2006) for Freeman Primary and Roman Hill Middle School.
- ¤ Meeting with Rosalind Turner re. new structure for the
Directorate (13/10/5). RT confirmed that the existing Areas will stay, as will
PRUs as an area resource, not taken over by the 13 localities. Services can be
bought in at locality level, rather than school level, by the locality forums.
Much discussion about how commissioning can take place in localities if this
includes up to 28 LMS school budgets and independent Governing Bodies. The
current proposals are available on the Schools Portal. We expressed our concern
at the distance between decision making and the elected councillors. Also
danger of "mainstream" education being sidelined as the whole
structure is being set up to ensure delivery to the much smaller percentage who
will required Psychological and Social Service, etc., support. But it is all
being tied in with "the community", joining up Social Services and
Education for young people. The new divide will be between Young People and
Adults provision, including Libraries.
- ¤ The
whole-day symposium requested by JNC on 14-19 reorganisation in Suffolk
materialised as a half-day seminar "on the work of the 14-19 locality
groups" on November 1st at Belstead House, with Acting Director of
Learning and Judith Mobbs on , November 1st.
| Gave more detailed information about localities. Very
few certainties except that there will be huge changes. 13
"localities" based on Upper/High pyramids have been set up already.
Most are contiguous with 18 community clusters which will plan delivery of the
integrated services to children and young people.
|We are still unclear how individual school budgets and
independent governing bodies will work collaboratively to
"commission" goods and services, including specialist SEN it appears
(although this depends on who you ask). These localities will have to work out
between them, with local training providers, LSC, SCC, colleges and voluntary
sector, how to provide the full range of academic and vocational/applied
syllabuses to all 14-19 pupils. DJET says there will be several models adopted
in Suffolk - because of the differences in nature of existing provision (e.g.
compare Ipswich area to Stradbroke-Hartismere are - widely differing existing
| Localities will have to ensure that they can offer,
either themselves or in federation/collaboration with colleges, etc: young
apprenticeships (from age 14); all 14 "lines" of Specialised Diplomas
(in vocational subjects) as well as the General Diplomas and a full range of AS
and A3 courses for sixthformers. It will also be a statutory requirement to
provide Level 2 English and Maths courses to all post-16 students if they have
not reach that level.
|Where will all the staff come from? Has to be in place
by 2010, but training institutions have not yet begun to prepare new teachers
for these innovations, let alone plan in-service training for existing
teachers. Great problems ahead, not least re. pay and conditions of teachers -
are you a teacher if you are doing that work in a school, but not in a college?
Where does school teaching stop and FE take over? If non-teachers
"train" 14-year olds in the workplace or a college, why should they
be paid less than a teacher doing the same work in a school which has made the
provision? Can schools make provision for engineering, etc., themselves? Who
makes the final decisions? The four "options" for restructuring 14-19
in Suffolk appeared to be:
|- Federation of 11-16/11-19 schools
- 16-19 Centre parented by groups of schools
- hub and spoke arrangements (e.g. schools around central provision)
- single centralised provider (large school or FE provider)
- All age campus.
- Meeting with County Personnel on Redundancy Handling
2005 (2nd November)
|AA reported that the CYP directorate was still to be
involved in the decision whether a school should declare a Section 188 notice
and before CSD took over re. personnel issues. Important to get CYP
financial approval for any proposals. Will be a contact at Area level. We
asked for this to be included in the timeline for schools declaring a
redundancy. We also asked that the LEA includes in info to staff/unions any
communications with the school warning of financial problems.
| We raised the issue of redundancies declared for
Christmas and Easter. All agreed that these should be avoided, and
avoidable given 3-year budgets. There should be no sudden surprises. Authority
should be monitoring closely, too. This posed the danger of excessive (and
inappropriate) use of Fixed-Term contracts. CSD is still advising heads
to make temporary appointments if reductions are likely, but admit that one
year contracts must be included in the "reductions" proposed.
Worrying trend of NQTs being appointed to temporary posts (legitimate or
not) and then finding that they cannot complete their induction year if
appointed late, or need an extension. Schools not always following LEA
guidelines, but the Authority has little power to stop a school making
temporary appointments where this goes against LEA policy. Also a new
phenomenon of proposing phased reductions (e.g. one to go at Easter and
a second in September): very unacceptable if compulsory redundancy involved;
potential unfairness towards volunteers,
|With CSD and the new CC structure, there is a need for
the Authority to improve links between finance (CYP) and personnel
(CSD). E.g. CSD approve appointments, but may not have been alerted by CYP
of financial problems. CSD not getting as much intelligence on financial
situation as before. We said we could help if info in CYP hands is made
available - should be available in any case under FoI Act.. JP proposed joint
training for personnel and finance officers in addition to more training in
financial management of schools for heads and governors.
|Timing - It was agreed that CYP need to be
involved around Christmas re. financial warnings and to give clearance to
Governing Bodies (i.e. that SCC will meet costs) for any declaration of Section
188s in Jan-Feb. We asked that once this meeting takes place, there should be a
set time for the Section 188 letter to go out and a date set for the meeting.
This should be a soon as practicable, giving reasonable notice of the meeting.
|LEA documentation on Redundancy, promised some
time ago, is still not finalised. There is a draft pack for heads on redundancy
in W Area. AA is preparing to put all Personnel Manual documents on the School
Portal. He is saying this should be a reduced version, but we asked that all
the background material needs to there too, in addition to a quick checklist of
what has to be done when.
|NASUWT raised the issue of Instructors'
contracts. AA confirmed that they still contained the clause that said they
should be terminated if a qualified teacher was found to fill the vacancy.
Apparently, this has not been changed by the new staffing regulations (?).
|Gavin Bultitude is the new financial officer for
CYP directorate. Bob Smith is also still looking after the details of education
|It was agreed that the group would meet again in
January when more information re. individual schools' situation would be
emerging. One area of concern was the very small schools. One school is
already operating on 1.9 fte qualified teachers and it is clear some federal
solution needs to be looked at, or the school will face closure. As before,
this should be considered earlier rather than when it is too late and the word
"closure" is out in the community.
- From Schools Forum: (1) Re: School Meals
grants, the first £400k will go direct to Catering and will
accommodate their £300k shortfall. School Forum also agreed to support the
LA's proposal that the second £400k go to Catering as well. There were
voices against and some proposals for the use to which it might be put, some
were valuable. (2) School Forum has set up a sub-group to advise on the
future structure, processes of and membership of the new arrangements. This
will report back early December and be in place for 2006. There is draft good
practice and awaited guidelines which will employed in the discussion.
- Philip Snowden (CSD UK) has organised a seminar on
proposals for new consultation arrangements between SCC and the relevant
Unions. Novotel on November 14th. Proposed to keep something like the JNC,
but to add a "Children and Young People's
- ¤ From
Andrew Guite: TR's report re. the
CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE meeting on
15th September 2005.
- Papers from SCC:
|Children, Schools and Young People's
Services Scrutiny Committee
||Unconfirmed minutes of CSYPSSC meeting on 15th
September, on Looked after Children's Services
||Agenda for 3rd November:
Paper CYP 05/6 Pupil Attainment 2005
- introduction by Rachael Black
- National Assessment Framework - over view and headlines for 2005 attainment
- Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses (Janet Wellings, F, KS1&2); Kevin
Haddock (KS3&4); Judith Mobbs Post 16).
- From Suffolk WAMG: NOTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON
28TH SEPTEMBER 2005. Casework has involved more difficulties with PPA not being
granted, and even one Secondary school still imposing some of the "Forbidden
Tasks" such as chasing up absences.
- From CSD HR Personal Information questionnaire:
giving details of personal information held by the employer and requesting
further information on ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability, etc. Some
concerns, notably from Ipswich Association who took the matter up with
- From Authority: School Organisation Plan
2005-2010, dated August 2005
- From J Crompton: Copies of the forms and guidance to
be adopted for the transfer of pupils between schools at parents' request
(i.e. when there is no new address).
- Cheque for £200 sent to Ruth Campbell for
the Cuban Solidarity Campaign Challenge. Thank you letter received back
- Health & Safety: John Osborne to
Section D: Local
Date of next meeting: January
26th 2006. Venue to be confirmed