Leicester NUT Section of the NEU

6th December 2017

From the Archives: Holidays

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the disparity between The City and County school holiday patterns. A look at the 1967 Annual Report would suggest that these discussions go back at least fifty years.

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6th December 2017, Pete Flack, Assistant Association Secretary

Turkeys

It was the first of December. The Senior Leadership team at Jacob Marley Free School for Incompetent Teachers had issued the official Christmas duties list. The list was emailed to each teacher and teaching assistant marked URGENT. It was also stapled to each classroom door, so no-one could claim not to know.

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1st December 2017, Andy Haynes, Leicester H&S Officer

Health & Safety Matters - Equalities Act, Stress, Fire Sprinklers, Air Pollution

Covered by the Act?

Last month we were privileged to have Colleen Johnson as a guest speaker at our general meeting. You will have seen the article on the meeting in last month's City Teacher. This article expands on the information in that article.

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1st December 2017, Joseph Wyglendacz Primary School Teacher National Education Union Executive & Division Secretary

Is 'fair workload' becoming an oxymoron?

Without a doubt, the major cause of poor retention, low recruitment and illness is excessive workload practices in schools. This does not have to be the case!

I'm going to avoid the horrendous statistics and focus on the positives and the tools we can use to campaign for a fairer workload. Speaking at a recent Fair Workload Conference in Nottingham, Jeremy Hannay gave an inspirational talk titled From Meaningless to Meaningful. He's the head teacher of Three Bridges Primary School in Ealing, which despite being at the top of Ealing's deprivation tables, has also been at the top of their performance and progress tables. They are also in the top 3% of all English Primary Schools for Pupil Progress from KS1 to KS2. You may have heard of him from an article in the Guardian last year, Tips on reducing teacher stress from the 'happiest school on earth'.

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22nd November 2017

Mercury takes up Fullhurst story

Following our concerns about Fullhurst Community College's probationary policy, we thought that you might be interested in this article from The Mercury.

Teachers urged to boycott Braunstone school over controversial new policy

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16th November 2017

NUT Annual Conference 2018

Brighton, Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 April 2018

We are seeking delegates to attend NUT Annual Conference in 2018. The Conference will be held in Brighton from Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 April 2018. The Leicester NUT Section of the NEU is able to send nine delegates who will need to:

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16th November 2017, Jenny Day

Leicester NUT Officer and Committee 2018-2019

I am writing to give notice that nominations are being sought for the Officers and Committee of the Leicester NUT Section of the NEU.

The Vice-President automatically becomes the President and the President automatically becomes the Ex-President. The other officers are filled by the electoral process. The officers are President, Vice-President, Ex-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretaries (two), Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Communications' Officer, Minuting Secretary, Equal Opportunities' Officer, Health and Safety Advisor, Teachers' Support Network Organiser, International Solidarity Officer, and Learning Representative.

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16th November 2017

Building a new life

Melisa Mujkanovic, a teacher at Crown Hill Community College, was featured in July's The Teacher. In it she talks about fleeing from Bosnia and building a new life in Leicester.

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16th November 2017

National Black Teachers' Conference

Leicester NUT Section of the NEU delegates to The National Black Teachers’ Conference : Natasha Boyce, Linda Bradshaw, Camille London-Miyo, Kuldip Hoonjan, Julie Walters-Nisbett, Samina Randall, Janet Williams and Kamaljeet Bhuhi
Leicester NUT Section of the NEU delegates to The National Black Teachers’ Conference : Natasha Boyce, Linda Bradshaw, Camille London-Miyo, Kuldip Hoonjan, Julie Walters-Nisbett, Samina Randall, Janet Williams and Kamaljeet Bhuhi

16th November 2017

Five Reasons Why (I Quit Teaching)

Local playwright Paul Gosling is producing a new comedy play at next year's Leicester Comedy Festival based on some of his experiences as a special needs teacher in Leicester over the last 20 years. Paul formed his own theatre company, Crooked Hand Productions, back in 2012 with another ex-teacher, Carolos Dandolo. The pair met whilst teaching at a local special needs college and they soon started collaborating on school productions before deciding to work together outside of their day jobs. Since then, they have taken their shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and performed at local festivals. Their show at last year's Leicester Comedy Festival, Massive Number 2, was a sell-out.

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10th November 2017

Disability Equality in Teaching Now!

Colleen Johnson
Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson, Midlands Regional representative on the NUT National Disabled Teachers' Forum, led a discussion on The Equality Act at a well attended Association meeting at the beginning of the month.

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10th November 2017

Support Staff in The National Education Union

The ATL had a long standing agreement with the support staff unions on the recruitment of support staff. This agreement has now been revised for the NEU. In order to fully comply with the agreement, when a support staff worker enquires about joining the National Education Union, they should first be asked what type of establishment they work in.

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10th November 2017

The Future of City of Leicester Teachers' Association

City of Leicester Teachers' Association was formed in 1869 and pre-dates the National Union of Teachers by a year, when a number of local teacher associations combined to form the National Union of Elementary Teachers following the 1870 education act. The name National Union of Teachers was adopted in 1889.

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8th October 2017

Leicester Pride 2017

Joseph, Glenys, Jane, Peter, Ian and Clare outside the park.
Joseph, Glenys, Jane, Peter, Ian and Clare outside the park.

Leicester NUT members joined the colourful and vibrant Leicester LGBT Pride parade through the city centre to Victoria Park on 2nd September.

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5th October 2017, Jenny Day, Assistant Secretary and Midlands Regional delegate to TUC

Trades Union Congress, September 2017

Brighton welcomed the first NEU delegation to TUC Congress with a very windy but sunny start on Sunday. How the weather was to change!

NUT and ATL section delegations met separately to consider the recommendations of their Executives regarding attitudes to motions and composites. At what may have been the first meeting of lay officers, executive members and staff, from both NUT and ATL, delegates met to consider the NEU response to motions and composited motions. There were differences on only two motions: Worker Representation and NHS Breast Screening. After a well argued, reasoned debate and discussion, agreement on our voting on these motions was reached. This was to set the tone for meetings of delegates on the conference floor, to decide on emergency motions and late composited motions.

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5th October 2017, Andy Haynes, Leicester H&S Officer

Health & Safety Matters: Mobile Classrooms, Risk Assessments

'Mobile' Classrooms

The recent growth in the school population has meant that many schools have had to find new teaching areas to cope with increased student numbers. One solution to this has been the reintroduction of mobile classrooms - sorry, Temporary Modular Buildings.

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5th October 2017

The National Education Union and School NEU Representatives

One of the benefits that is hoped will come from the merger of the NUT with ATL is an increase in membership, including staff in school who are not teachers. On that basis, it seems important to ensure that there is at least one, but preferably two or three, school based representatives. Ideally, there would be an NUT section rep, an ATL section rep (perhaps a member of support staff) and a Health and Safety rep. All reps are entitled to attend training which will be provided by the NEU. For more information about becoming a rep and the training provided, contact the local office on 2555311 or email the secretary, Joseph Wyglendacz.

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5th October 2017, Peter Flack, Assistant NUT Secretary

Guidance to members on Examinations and Assessments

Scrutiny of teachers' work is constant. Over recent years Leicester NUT has dealt with a number of examples of situations where members were investigated over malpractice in the conduct of examinations or assessments, especially controlled assessments. These were under school disciplinary procedures and could have led to dismissal. We have also been made aware of circumstances where a member of staff was verbally invited by a manager to offer greater levels of help to students/ pupils than the regulations permit.

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5th October 2017

Don't Work at Fullhurst!

Before the summer holiday, Fullhurst Community College 'consulted' unions on the introduction of a probationary period for all teachers that it employs. This means that all new employees are required to complete 6 months (26 weeks) satisfactory probationary service before their appointment is confirmed. There are reduced rights for probationary teachers regarding capability and disciplinary actions. Why would a teacher with a permanent contract at a school give that up for what amounts to a temporary contract at another school? We are unaware of any other school in Leicester having a policy of this nature.

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13th September 2017

Black Teachers' Conference

The NUT Black Teachers' Conference is on 3rd-5th November this year. It is an annual event that allows black and minority ethnic members to discuss and address issues of equality, education, and the workplace. Find details and how to apply.

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5th September 2017

Everybody's Reading 2017

This is the eighth year of the Everybody's Reading festival. When we began in 2010 our aim was to create something unique. We didn't want to set up yet another literary festival that stayed confined to a few venues in the city centre. Instead we wanted to create something more diverse and dynamic: a community reading festival that took place all over the city, in libraries, coffee shops, pubs and neighbourhood centres and offered something for everyone. We wanted reading to be central to the daily life in the city because literacy opens doors. Doors in the imagination; doors to employment. Over the last 8 years we have seen this vision blossom. We established sharing libraries in several pubs and then saw this copied by a host of other shops, cafes and bars. This year most of the Festival events were organised by groups from our local communities who share our passion for reading. Welcome to Everybody's Reading Festival 2017. This is your festival.Peter Flack, Chair of Everybody's Reading

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1st September 2017, Polly Henderson, retired NUT member

Leicestershire NUT's proud record of opposing ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia

Having read Remembering Srebrenica in the July edition of City Teacher, I feel moved to write about my own experiences in Bosnia just two weeks after the invasion of Srebrenica in 1995. The harrowing description of what Anne, Melisa and Kuldip experienced vividly brought back our memories of that time. My husband, Paul, a member of the AUT (Association of University Teachers, which later became part of UCU) at Leicester University and I, from Leicestershire National Union of Teachers, were involved in a trade union convoy taking aid as an expression of solidarity to Tuzla in northern Bosnia.

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1st September 2017

At the start of the school year...

At the start of the school year every teacher should receive 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.

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1st September 2017, Andy Haynes, Leicester H&S Officer

Health & Safety Matters: New Year - Same Old Problems!

The start of a new year is the ideal time to think about Health and Safety in your school and to head off problems before they occur. Key to this must be having a properly elected or appointed union H&S representative who can be trained to look for hazards and know what to do to resolve them. Another reason for having H&S reps is that they have the legal right to insist that a school has an H&S Committee with union representatives on it. This makes raising issues with the school management very much easier.

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1st September 2017

The National Education Union

From 1st September 2017, The National Education Union comes into existence. This new union is formed from The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

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7th July 2017

A town still in denial

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.

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1st July 2017

12th Annual Quiz

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.

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1st July 2017

Probationary policy at Fullhurst Community College

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.

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1st July 2017

Falling For the Job?

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.

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1st July 2017, Dr Nichola Singleton

LGBT+ Conference 2017

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.

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