Welcome back after what we hope has been a restful summer. It is worth ensuring now that certain things are in place for the start of the academic year. Every teacher should have the following documents from their school:
Are you remaining as rep this academic year? If not, please ensure that a new rep is elected so that we can continue to send local information to a person in school.
If you are the school rep, please recruit new members in your school. These could be NQTs, teachers new to the school or those training on the job, ie. SCITT, Teach First. Teachers can join online or by ringing 0207 380 6369.
If you have NUT members who retired at the end of last academic year, please let me know so that I can adjust their membership. If they remain on as retired members, they will still receive The Teacher magazine and Countdown benefits. The annual fee is very small, just over ten pounds a year at the moment.
Finally, thank you for all the help and support that you give. Being NUT rep is not always easy, but it is a vital part of how the union operates. The grassroots membership and school reps are the life blood of the union.
In June, Glebelands Primary School was given a School of Sanctuary Award, the first school in Leicestershire to receive it. Ruth Sinhal writes about Glebelands Primary School's Refugee Week on the Refugee Week website.