City of Leicester Teachers' Association

17th September

Eleven Grammar School Myths

There's a useful article on the Local Schools Network website -
Eleven grammar school myths, and the actual facts, by Henry Stewart.

15th September

TUC Congress 2016, 11th to 14th September

My first time at TUC Congress was an opportunity to meet with trade unionists from across the country. Congress opened on Sunday with debates on the impact of Brexit and an emergency motion calling for zero tolerance for sexual harassment. NUT delegate from the South West Region, Karla Wheeler, described the impact of sexism on pupils and on our own members.

A full day of debates on Monday covered justice, postal services, fire and rescue services, housing, welfare and industrial policy. London NUT delegate Gerald Clarke made a contribution to the debate on affordable housing, highlighting the problems faced by teachers in renting or trying to buy in London. Mandy Hudson, of the NEC, but speaking on behalf of the TUC Disabled Workers' Conference, moved the motion on work capability assessments and links to suicide.

Congress can appear somewhat stage managed and there was very little dissent from the general council position until a motion on climate change. Amongst others things, the motion called for a halt to airport expansion and a rapid transition from fossil fuels. The TUC General Council position was to oppose the motion, but, in the NUT pre-meeting on Sunday, Jess Edwards (NEC) and Dave Harvey (NEC) and I had argued that we should support it and this was the position adopted by the NUT. In the debate the motion was opposed by UNITE and GMB who argued for members' jobs. Speakers from UNISON, FBU and PSC, supporting the motion, pointed out that there's wouldn't be any jobs on a dead planet. The motion was lost. Interestingly, the NASUWT voted against the motion, supporting the general council's position.

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6th September

Leicester Pride 2016

At Leicester Pride, 3rd September 2016
At Leicester Pride, 3rd September 2016

3rd September

Refugees and immigrants - a petition

Here's a petition at change.org we'd encourage people to sign:

Stop conflating "refugee", "illegal immigrant" and "immigrant"

3rd September

Responses from Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith

NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney wrote to the two candidates for the Labour leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith, with a series of questions on behalf of the NUT. Here are their responses:

Jeremy Corbyn
Owen Smith

27th August

Welcome back

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:

Your salary statement
This should state where you are on the main salary scale, where you are on UPS, the value of any TLRs you may hold and your overall salary. If you don't receive incremental progression up the main pay scale or upper pay spine, we strongly urge you to appeal. A local officer or your school NUT rep can support you in this.
A breakdown of your 1265 (directed time) hours
If you are working part time, you should receive a personal pro-rata breakdown.

The school calendar
This should include all meetings, training days, data collection dates, reports, parents' evenings, trips, sports days etc. These should not be altered without consultation and a reasonable period of notice.
Your timetable
Your PPA should be identified clearly (not less than 10% of your timetabled teaching itme). If your PPA is in the afternoon, check that it is an accurate reflection of PPA in your school.

27th August

School NUT Reps

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.

28th August

Glebelands Primary School and Refugee Week

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.

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Meetings and events

Friday 30th September 2016, 6.30pm
NQT and Young Teachers' Social

Wednesday 12th October 2016
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Association Meeting

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016
2016 Black Teachers Conference

Wednesday 16th November 2016
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 30th November 2016
Association Meeting

Friday 9th December 2016
Committee Social

Wednesday 11th January 2017
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 25th January 2017
Association Meeting

Wednesday 8th February 2017
Committee Meeting

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