Monthly Archives: March 2017

New National Education Union is formed!

NUT and ATL members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of our two unions. Our new union will be called the National Education Union (NEU).

The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, a powerful voice for the whole education profession, in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. For full details see the press release.

Unity is Strength

It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.

NUT members speak up for one union and encourage colleagues to vote yes.

A joint video message from Kevin and Mary.

Interview with Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted

We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession

NW H&S Adviser Group Meeting & Training

The next NW H&S Adviser Group Meeting & Training will take place on 24 March at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Off Cromwell Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1HQ and is open to all reps, Division Secretaries and members across the region. Divisions are also encouraged to send a delegate to the advisers meeting.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

North West H&S Adviser Group Meeting/Training

Arrival from 12:30pm – Buffet lunch & refreshments
Group Meeting/training – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Valuing Women- Health and Safety issues for Women Teachers

Arrival from 3.30pm – Hot/cold food & refreshments
4:00pm – Main Speaker – Janet Newsham (TUC Hazards)
5.30pm – Finish

Places can be booked via the Eventbrite link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valuing-women-health-issues-for-women-teachers-nut-members-only-tickets-31836634230

Budget response from Kevin Courtney, NUT GS

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

 

“This budget is a complete dereliction of duty to our children and young people. The Chancellor knows full well that schools and sixth form colleges up and down the country are on their knees struggling to make ends meet. School budgets have been cut to the bone, class sizes have increased, subjects have been dropped from the curriculum, materials and resources are scarce yet nothing has been done to address this very serious problem. All this comes at a time of soaring pupil numbers and a developing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

 

“Despite the Conservative Party manifesto pledging a real-terms increase in the schools’ budget during this Parliament, the reality is far from the case. 98% of schools will see a real terms loss in funding per pupil between now and 2020. This takes into account the Government’s proposed ‘fair funding’ formula. In the Prime Minister’s constituency of Maidenhead, for instance, schools are set to lose an average of real terms loss of £377 per pupil, while the schools in Philip Hammond’s constituency of Runnymede and Weybridge will lose an average of £285 per pupil during the same period.

 

“Instead of tackling this crisis of their own making, we now learn that extra funding will pour into the opening of new free schools and grammar schools for which there is absolutely no need. Parents and teachers will be deeply dismayed at this flagrant and irresponsible waste of money. These are simply the wrong priorities.

 

“Any improvement to the current state of technical and vocational is welcome, but teachers will be concerned that introducing ‘T-Levels’ will increase the separation of academic and vocational pathways. As with its policy on grammar schools, the Government is fixated on creating educational divides – to the detriment of young people. The NUT supports a reformed, unified system of 14-19 curriculum and qualifications which helps bring an end to the notion that academic and technical learning pathways are an ‘either/or’ option.

 

“The money proposed for investment in school refurbishment will be welcome providing it is actually new money and will be spent on ensuring that school buildings are fit for purpose and safe from the dangers of asbestos. Nevertheless, with the National Audit Office having recently reported that it would cost some £6.7 billion to repair all school buildings to a satisfactory standard, we require much more substantial investment from the Government.

 

“The Government must focus on the funding crisis in our schools and colleges. The Chancellor had an opportunity to rectify this in his Budget but chose not to. This is an outrageous situation. Parents, teachers and MPs, many within the Conservative Party, will not stand by and allow this to happen.”