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Suffolk Division NUT

Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday November 7th 2012

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

Circulars and Information From HQ

  1. 12-203-SSEE - TEACHERS’ PENSION SCHEME:  CONTRIBUTION INCREASE FOR 2013-14: DES consultation on employee contribution increase from April 2013 proposes:

    Salary Band

    Contribution rate in 2013-14

    Increase (against 2012-13)

    Increase (against pre April 2012)

    Up to £14,999

    6.4%

    0.0%

    0.0%

    £15,000 to £25,999

    7.0%

    0.0%

    0.6%

    £26,000 to £31,999

    7.9%

    0.6%

    1.5%

    £32,000 to £39,999

    8.8%

    1.2%

    2.4%

    £40,000 to £44,999

    9.2%

    1.2%

    2.8%

    £45,000 to £74,999

    10.1%

    2.1%

    3.7%

    £75,000 to £99,999

    10.6%

    2.2%

    4.2%

    £100,000 to £150,999

    11.2%

    2.4%

    4.8%

    The contribution tier into which teachers fall will be determined by their full-time equivalent salary. A part-time teacher working 0.5 earning £18,000 would therefore pay an 8.8 per cent contribution rate in a post with a FTE salary of £36,000.  The proposed contributions increase is the second part of a three-year plan to increase Government revenue even before the proposed changes in 2015. A further contributions increase is expected in April 2014, though the Government has not indicated whether its intention is to roll forward the pattern of the proposed 2013 increase in 2014. By 2014, teachers will be paying an average contribution rate of 9.6 per cent – 50 per cent more than before contribution increases began in April 2012.  The NUT opposes this proposed contribution increase and will make this clear in its response to the DfE’s consultation.
  2. 12-202-OM - DATE OF YOUNG TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE 2012: FRIDAY 7 TO SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2013
  3. 12-201-EE - BAHRAIN: ONLINE PROTEST TO RELEASE BAHRAINI TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (BTA) LEADERS:urges associations and divisions to take action in support of jailed BTA leaders, Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman.  On 21 October, an appeal court upheld the guilty verdict against the Bahraini Teachers’ Association (BTA) leaders, Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman, but reduced their prison sentences to five years and six months respectively. Mahdi and Jalila, respectively President and Vice-President of BTA, were arrested in 2011 after supporting calls for reform in Bahrain. Whilst in detention, they were subjected to torture and forced to sign ‘confessions’.  In September 2011, a military court convicted them of attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force and inciting hatred of the regime. The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry last year found that the authorities had grossly exaggerated, if not manufactured, many claims brought against thousands of ordinary people who had been caught up in the February 2011 Arab Spring protests. Mahdi and Jalila’s only ‘crime’ was to have the temerity to promote respect for the values of solidarity, equality and democracy.  Please increase pressure on the Bahraini Government to respect human and trade union rights and to immediately drop all charges against Mahdi and Jalila by signing the Labourstart campaign: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1613&src=lsmm.  This campaign has the full support of Education International.
  4. 12-200-ECR - THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION ABOUT STAFF CAPABILITY TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS: On 1 Sept, the Government introduced an amendment to the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, which will grant the governing body of any maintained school or academy at which a teacher seeks work the right to be told, upon request, whether the teacher has been subject to capability proceedings in the last two years and, if so, to receive written details of: The new legislation will apply only if the teacher currently works in a maintained school and is applying to teach at another maintained school or academy. Furthermore, it will apply not just to capability proceedings going forward but to capability proceedings arising prior to 1 Sept 2012.
  5. 12-199-OM - NATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FOR LOCAL OFFICERS: AUTUMN TERM 2012
  6. 12-198-EE - MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Associations and Divisions to take action in support of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old school girl shot by Taliban gunmen. You can show your support by signing the petition which calls on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every child through building schools, training teachers and funding families whose daughters regularly attend school at: http://www.avaaz.org/en/malalahopenew/?slideshow.
  7. 12-195-S&C - WALK TO LONDON FOR THE TUC DEMONSTRATION: A FUTURE THAT WALKS: an impressive initiative by NUT member, Steffan ap Dafydd, who is setting off from Cardiff on Saturday, 13 October to walk to London in time to join the TUC March and Rally on 20th October.  Steffan will be walking with a number of trade union colleagues, including: Richard Evans (PCS); Cerith Griffiths (FBU); and Liza Van Zyl (UCU).  As well as publicising the TUC message A Future That Works, Steffan is also hoping to raise funds for the Steve Sinnott Foundation. You can make donations to the fund at: www.stevesinnottfoundation.org.uk.
  8. 12-194-ECR - TEACHERS' STANDARDS (ENGLAND) NUT GUIDANCE : a new set of Teachers’ Standards came into force in England in September 2012.  Details on www.teachers.org.uk/appraisal which:
  9. 12-193-E&E - CAMPAIGNING FOR EDUCATION: FRED AND ANNE JARVIS AWARD 2013 REMINDER
  10. 12-192-RM - DECLARATION OF EXECUTIVE BY-ELECTION: DISTRICT 9 (Liverpool, etc)
  11. 12-191-E&E - LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANS TEACHERS' CONFERENCE 2012
  12. 12-190-EE - KICK IT OUT : NUT LAUNCH OF Think Again! – Classroom Activities for Challenging Prejudice and Fostering Community Cohesion IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
  13. 12-189-RM - ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 – LIVERPOOL: FRIDAY, 29 MARCH TO TUESDAY, 2 APRIL 2013: there have been a great number of changes to the way in which Conference Business will be run this year, following the adoption of recommendations in the Memorandum to Conference 2012. As well as affecting the deadlines for motions and amendments there will be implications for the way that motions and amendments are composited. It will be necessary for associations and divisions to arrange meetings in order to review proposed composites. There will also be significant changes to the arrangements for Speakers’ Cards, which delegates will have to familiarise themselves with. A guide to Conference business has been prepared, which provides information on arrangements for Conference, including the preparation of motions and amendments. (Deadline for motions is December 3rd).
  14. 12-188-S&C - INDUSTRIAL ACTION - THREATS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND SALARY DEDUCTION: AMENDED
  15. 12-187-EE - MIAMI FIVE: urging associations and divisions to take action in support of the wives of the Miami Five.
  16. 12-186-EE - YORKSHIRE EDUCATION CONFERENCE – WORKING TOGETHER FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT – SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2012
  17. 12-185-S&C - PROTECTING FACILITIES TIME
  18. 12-183-E&E - THE ANTHONY WALKER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2012: delivered by Benjamin Zephaniah 19th October
  19. 12-182-S&C - MEMBERSHIP UPDATE FORMS: an out-sourced supplier sent out membership update forms (including personal details) to the wrong members. The update forms were sent with The Teacher magazine. An investigation was initiated immediately and is on-going to discover both how the error occurred and which members received the incorrect details. Initial investigations indicate that the error occurred in the mailing for primary members and further details will emerge as the investigation proceeds. The email below was sent on Friday evening to all members in the group, apologising and making clear that the matter was being dealt with.
  20. 12-181-SC - TUC DEMONSTRATION – 20 OCTOBER 2012: A FUTURE THAT WORKS
  21. 12-180-EE - THE BLAIR PEACH AWARD
  22. 12-179-SSEE - SCHOOL FUNDING IN ENGLAND – AUTUMN TERM 2012 UPDATE and associated documents available in the advice and guidance school funding section of Hearth at: http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/16550, covering:
    • Funding reform in England arrangements for 2013-14
    • Funding for facilities time
    • Priority School Building Programme
    • Pupil Premium
    • Academy Funding
    • Post-16 Funding
    • Cuts impact on schools
  23. 12-178-SSEE - FUNDING FOR FACILITIES TIME: NUT ADVICE TO SUPPORT URGENT ACTION BY DIVISIONS: briefings to provide background information / advice to protect funding for facilities time under the revised funding arrangements.at: www.teachers.org.uk/protecting-facility-time
  24. 12-177-SC - LOBBY FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES – 29 OCTOBER 2012: lobby of Parliament will take place on the afternoon of Monday, 29 October and will call for school libraries to be made statutory. In addition, the lobby is going to ask that the wider requirements of delivering a high quality school library, such as a qualified librarian in every school, are also considered by Ministers.  The lobby is supported by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the School Library Association (SLA).  See details on: http://www.librarycampaign.com/parliamentary-lobby-for-school-libraries/ and there is a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tntnmn#!/groups/207318732723647/
    Report from MG, EOTAS and Soulbury Caseworker:
  25. EOTAS: Progress is very slow and the basic inconsistencies in the structure set up in Sept remain: inadequate premises for the nature of the pupils involved, no actual deliberation on suitable placements for children with individual needs and behaviours, inadequat line management for Performance Management (one lead teacher being responsible to manage over 30 teachers on zero hours contracts in addition Centre staff) and no "headteacher" to deal with exclusions, Child Protection, etc.  Still no proper replacement for Belle Vue established, although the KS3 Centre has been transferred to the top floor of Westbrook, but cannot yet be used.  Just before half term, the LA agreed to devise an admissions process, where pupils would be assessed before placing either on 1:1 tuition or in other alternative provision.  The LA also decided to appointed temporary Seconds in Centre, pending a ........., yes, "restructure".  Behind the scenes and without any consultation with the unions, there is a move to make the Tuition Centres into either full-blown PRUs (possibly as Academies) or Annexes/outposts of existing PRUs. However, either would surely mean an enhanced budged and proper buildings and facilties, which still do not exist.  Two of the three Advisers are leaving at Christmas and noone has worked out how PM will work for staff, including Lead Teachers.
  26. Soulbury: the next meeting is on Dec 2nd.  Previously, it has been agreed to standardise the SPA process. Soulbury staff in one team were awarded SPA 3 automatically, instead of going through the two-year assessment procedure, and when the error was discovered, it was taken away. The NUT pointed out that we had correctly advised staff and the line managers involved over the previous two years and that it was not acceptable to deny them their assessment.  An agreement was reached whereby the assessment will now be done over this coming year and, if awarded, paid retrospectively from September 2011.
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