Suffolk Division NUT
Information for Division Council Meeting on Wednesday September 19th 2012
Venue: Belstead Brook Hotel 18:30 for 19:00
Circulars and Information From HQ
- 12-176-E&E - AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS CENTENARY - RECEPTION TO LAUNCH SCHOOL MATERIALS
- 12-175-S&C - UPDATE ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION:
The action notices for England and Wales were sent out to employers on 13th-14th Sept and included the instructions for the action short of strike action that HQ is calling upon members to take from 26 September. Local authorities will receive the action notices for onward transmission to their schools.
- 12-174-S&C - NATIONAL OFFICER ELECTION:
Nina Franklin, the Ex-President, has been appointed to a paid position in the Union as South West Regional Officer. Julie Lyon-Taylor was duly elected to replace her seat on the Executive.
- 12-173-EC&R - APPRAISAL POLICIES: Joint NASUWT/NUT appraisal checklists for England and Wales were agreed at the end of August (Circular 12-160/S&C refers). The appraisal checklists are available from: www.teachers.org.uk/hearth/appraisal. They bring together the common elements of the NUT/ATL/NAHT and NASUWT policies in a ‘bottom line’ approach, without contradicting the NUT/NAHT/ATL model policy. Reps and members are asked not to agree to any appraisal policy which is incompatible in any way with the NUT/NASUWT appraisal checklists.
- 12-172-O&M - LEARNING WITH THE NUT COURSE GUIDE 2012/13:
your guide to NUT courses for the new school year. Includes CPD and national training opportunities for NUT members, other teachers, NUT representatives and local officers all in one booklet. A copy of the course guide, with an accompanying poster, has been sent to all schools. The course guide is available online at: www.teachers.org.uk/courses, where members can apply directly for course places.
- 12-171-S&C - NUT AND NASUWT ANNOUNCE JOINT INDUSTRIAL ACTION:
NUT and NASUWT announced (10th Sept) joint action short of strike action as part of the campaign to protect pay and working conditions. The action short of strike action starts on 26 September 2012.
- 12-170-E&E - HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY:
the Union, along with the Holocaust Educational Trust, will be holding a Holocaust Memorial event on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, at NUT Headquarters.
12-169-SS&EE - PENSIONS UPDATE: AUTUMN 2012:
The NUT pensions campaign continues as an integral part of the campaign to protect teachers and defend education. Current pensions campaign material, including the NUT’s briefing on the current Government’s Final Proposed Agreement and the NUT Pensions Calculator, can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/pensions. Pensions material linked to our joint campaign with the NASUWT can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/protect-teachers. Other pensions material can be found in the Pensions part of the Advice and Guidance section at: www.teachers.org.uk/taxonomy/term/232.
- 12-168-E&E - WORLD TEACHERS' DAY EVENT:REMINDER
- 12-167-E&E - CAMPAIGN AGAINST CUTS TO THE EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND EQUALITY LEGISLATION:
The Government is consistently undermining equalities structures and has indicated its willingness to consider weakening equality legislation. In May this year the Government announced it is to:
- substantially reduce the Equality and Human Rights Commission's budget and outsource its helpline.
- review the Public Sector Equality Duty
- remove employers’ liability for third party discriminatory harassment;
- and remove the power of employment tribunals to make wide recommendations about employment practice.
- 12-166-SS&EE - AMENDMENT: FUNDING FOR TRADE UNION FACILITIES TIME:
Local authorities will not, in future, be permitted to maintain funding for facilities time without the specific agreement of their Schools Forums. Discussions on the operation of the new system will begin locally at latest during the autumn term and will be underway already in some areas. Divisions should therefore approach authorities as soon as possible to begin discussion on these issues.
- 12-165-SC - PAY AND CONDITIONS BALLOT RESULT: The turnout overall was 27 per cent and the Union balloted 228,831 members in 3 constituencies: England, Wales and Sixth Form Colleges.
||Question 1 (discontinuous strike action)
||Votes For - 83.4 per cent
||Votes Against - 16.6 per cent
||Question 2 (action short of strike action)
||Votes For - 93.1 per cent
||Votes Against - 6.9 per cent
- 12-164-SS&EE - 2012 SCHOOL TEACHERS' PAY AND CONDITIONS DOCUMENT:
The 2012 STPCD came into effect from 1 September 2012 and is available online at: https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00091-2012
- Once again, there are no increases to teachers’ pay for 2012 other than the £250 non-consolidated pay increase in respect of unqualified teachers who earn a full-time equivalent of £21,000 or less.
- Section 2 Annex 2 of the STPCD sets out the new Teachers’ Standards for England, which have replaced the previous Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards and Core Standards, and the new Practising Teacher Standards for Wales. The STPCD also includes guidance at page 4 on the new Teachers’ Standards, which will in particular define the minimum standards expected of trainees and teachers who have been awarded QTS and will be used to assess NQTs at the end of induction.
- The DfE has said that it intends to replace the existing Post Threshold Teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher and Excellent Teacher Standards with a single set of new Master Teacher Standards. The STPCD, however, continues to include those standards which are described as ‘pay standards’ and will continue to be used in taking pay progression decisions for certain groups of teacher
- The implementation of new Standards does not, therefore, create any obstacle to decision-making on teachers’ pay progression. While the STPCD does not include a specific statement to that effect, this should be borne in mind in casework.
- The STPCD continues to provide that applicants must be assessed as meeting the Post Threshold Standards in order to progress to the UPS. Section 3 of the 2012 STPCD now provides that applicants must also be assessed as meeting the Teachers Standards or Practising Teacher Standards as appropriate prior to being assessed against the Post Threshold Standards. Section 3 para 75 makes clear, however, that where applicants in England rely only on evidence from PM reviews covering periods prior to 1 September 2012, that decision should be taken by reference to the Core Standards rather than the Teachers’ Standards.
- The introduction of the new Teacher Standards should not, therefore, lead to any teacher being denied threshold assessment or to any application being rejected on the grounds that previous PM reviews had not considered whether the teacher had met the new Standards.
- The STPCD provisions on progression on the UPS continue to refer solely to the Post Threshold Standards and do not refer in any way to the new Teachers’ Standards or Practising Teacher Standards. There should, therefore, be no changes to pay progression procedures or standards required for progression as a result of the implementation of the new Standards.
- The AST and ET standards remain in place as pay standards to be used in decisions on both assessment and pay progression during 2012-13.
- GTCE: References to the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) including the payment of the GTCE fee have been removed due to its abolition.
- Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status: The STPCD reflects the fact that, from 1 April 2012, teachers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status are treated for pay and employment purposes as qualified teachers. Head teachers have the discretion, however, to decide to assess the performance of QTLS holders by reference to the new Teachers’ Standards or any other set of professional teacher standards or other professional standards relevant to performance.
12-163-O&M - NUT HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISERS' BRIEFING COURSE: 21-23 NOVEMBER 2012
at Stoke Rochford Hall
- 12-162-O&M - DIVISION SECRETARIES' BRIEFING: is on 10th - 12th OCTOBER 2012
- 12-161-0M - 2012/13 AWARDS: NUT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR AND NUT OFFICER OF THE YEAR
- 12-160-SC - JOINT NUT/NASUWT DOCUMENTS ON APPRAISAL/OBSERVATION:
The NUT has agreed a suite of documents with the NASUWT regarding appraisal and observation. These documents cover schools in England and in Wales. They do not cover sixth form colleges. Links to them were emailed to members on 30th August and posted to school representatives.
- 12-159-EE - HELP BURMA’S WORKERS BUILD A UNION MOVEMENT
- 12-158-OM - BUILDING FOR ACTION:
Update on preparations for action on current disputes with the Secretary of State for Education and the Welsh Government.
- 12-157-SC - BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL RALLY – SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2012
- 12-156-ECR - EMPLOYER'S DUTY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION BEFORE TUPE TRANSFER TO ACADEMY:
the NUT successfully pursued an employment tribunal in the South West which secured a six week pay award for 24 teachers in Cornwall after the authority breached its duties under TUPE. The employment tribunal ruled that the authority did not meet its statutory obligations under TUPE. The employer should have, as a matter of law, informed the Union:
- of the likely impact of the transfer on teachers' continuity of service, should any teacher who transferred to the academy return to work for the authority;
- that the TUPE transfer would remove the statutory protection of teachers' statutory terms and conditions which would become contractual upon transfer; and
- that the contractual terms and conditions and other non-contractual terms of transferring teachers would no longer be or would only partly be determined by national or collective agreement.
- 12-155-EE - WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY EVENT
- 12-154-EC&R - ONLINE SURVEY ON EXCESSIVE WORKPLACE TEMPERATURES
- 12-153-ECR - REPORTING AND MONITORING OF ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOLS
- 12-152-ECR - APPRAISAL SURVEY
- 12-151-E&E - APPEAL FOR DONATIONS TOWARDS LEGAL COSTS OF JUDICAL REVIEW BY DOWNHILLS PARENTS
- 12-150-OM - EXECUTIVE REVIEW OF THE AGE CRITERIA FOR THE YOUNG TEACHERS’ SECTION: CONSULTATION
- 12-149-RM - ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 – LIVERPOOL: FRIDAY, 29 MARCH TO TUESDAY, 2 APRIL 2013. Preliminary info.
- 12-148-OM - DIVISION SECRETARIES’ BRIEFING: WEDNESDAY, 10 TO FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2012 AND NEW SECRETARIES’ COURSE: MONDAY, 8 TO WEDNESDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2012
- 12-147-OM - NUT REPRESENTATIVE AND NUT OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS : NEW ARRANGEMENTS
- 12-145-OM - PREPARING FOR ACTION : PROTECTING FACILITIES TIME
- 12-146-SC - NEW NUT SIMPLE MAIL TRANSFER PROTOCOL (SMTP) FOR OFFICERS’ EMAIL:
The NUT has now created its own outgoing SMTP for the officers’ generic email. This will enable officers to send out email from their Smart phones or similar devices without going through their network providers or other email providers’ servers.
- 12-144-ECR - IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION JUDGEMENT ON SICK LEAVE WHICH OCCURS DURING HOLIDAY LEAVE: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to transfer on to sick leave and take corresponding paid annual leave at a later date. The CJEU ruling, which is legally binding throughout the EU, including the UK, came on 21 June in a case against a group of department stores taken by four Spanish trade union organisations. In most cases, teachers returning from sick leave will not be entitled to additional annual leave separate from school closure periods but the provision do apply to members paid on Soulbury and Local Government conditions. Also, teachers who resign following a lengthy period of sick leave or who are dismissed may, depending on the particular circumstances, be entitled to additional payment.
- 12-141-SSEE - FUNDING FOR TRADE UNION FACILITIES TIME
- 12-139-E&E - ADIDAS EXPLOITING WORKERS
- 12-136-EE - NEW GUIDANCE FOR STATUTORY INDUCTION FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS: SEPTEMBER 2012:
Some of the key changes are:
- induction can now be carried out in a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
- short term supply work can now be carried out for up to five years from the point of award of QTS
- teaching schools are now eligible to act as the appropriate body for teacher induction as well as the local authority or the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel; and
- where records of induction have been lost in exceptional circumstances the appropriate body now has the discretion to decide if the teacher can be exempt from induction (paragraphs 3.12/3.13).
- 12-132-ECR - HOW TO UNDERTAKE A STRESS RISK ASSESSMENT – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR SCHOOL MANAGEMENT:
The Union has developed a guide aimed at helping head teachers, or other members of school management to whom the task is delegated, undertake a stress risk assessment. This guide is available on Hearth and teachers.org at: www.teachers.org.uk/node/15295.
- 12-127-SSEE - LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME – PROPOSED AGREEMENT:
A proposed agreement has been announced for the Local Government Pension Scheme to take effect from 1 April 2014. The negotiations have involved the Local Government Association representing employers and GMB, Unite and Unison as the three trade unions recognised in the NJC for Local Government Services. The NUT and around 16 other trade unions with members in the LGPS have not been represented in or consulted about those discussions. The NJC Unions are now consulting their members. The proposals can be found at: www.teachers.org.uk/node/15892, together with an NUT commentary. The NUT Executive will be considering the proposals but is conscious that they mean ‘Pay more, work longer, get less’ because the vast majority of NUT members in the LGPS will be expected to pay higher contributions, as well as getting lower pensions from the new scheme at a higher normal pension age.
- 12-126-ECR - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS STOP EMPLOYMENT WRONGS: TURNING BACK THE CLOCK ON EMPLOYEE RIGHTS:
Government has decided to introduce fees to the employment tribunal system and, in April, the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims was raised from one to two years for those employees whose period of continuous employment began on or after 6 April 2012. There have been many more regressive proposals since then but the Government recently consulted on a proposal to exempt small employers (and consequently their employees) from unfair dismissal provisions.