Of particular interest to those members who listened to Anne Blair, Melisa Mujkanovic and Kuldip Hoonjan giving an account of their trip to Bosnia in June, here's an article by Peter Oborne and Alastair Sloan in Middle East Eye.
As we watch events unfold after the unpredicted general election result, we can be proud of the NUT campaign, which is widely regarded as being the best campaign run by any trade union. There is no doubt that education, and in particular funding cuts, was a major issue for voters in the election, with many candidates having to respond to questions from parents, teachers and governors.
8,372 people were slaughtered in the three days following the invasion of Srebrenica on 11th July 1995. Genocide is still being denied.
During the half-term break we were privileged to join a NUT delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, organised by the charity Remembering Srebrenica. There were ten of us altogether from various parts of the country and we were accompanied by Rose Burke, who works for the charity at their office in Birmingham.
I wish I had attended such an event as the LGBT+ Conference years ago as the whole experience was empowering and it has given me a something new to focus on as I approach the final stages of my teaching career.
Looking back to my teenage years in the 1980s, I had no information or support around issues of sexuality or gender identity, and certainly no role models who were other than heterosexual. I saw the LGBT+ conference as an opportunity to find out what I could do to ensure that appropriate support is available to young people.
The most recent LCC accident reports include an incident in which a teacher broke an ankle after slipping off a child's stool while standing on it to put up display work. Painful enough, but you might think it's not that serious. However, after a similar incident in a Sheffield school, a teacher died when complications set in after breaking a leg. Apart from putting up display work not being part of a teacher's job anyway, it's important to make sure that if you do stand on something to reach things, you use equipment suitable for the job. If the equipment isn't available, leave it until it is.
Fullhurst Community College is introducing a probationary period for all teachers that it employs. This means that all new employees are required to complete 6 months (26 weeks) of satisfactory probationary service before their appointment is confirmed. There are reduced rights for probationary teachers regarding capability and disciplinary actions.
The NUT's response was a rejection of what we believe is a hostile and provocative action by the college:
Over fifty members competed for the hideous trophy at last week's Leicester NUT annual quiz. I hope a good time was had by all; certainly the supply teachers team seemed to be enjoying themselves. The quiz was won by the team from Soar Valley College who proudly hold aloft their glittering prize.