Leicester NUT Section of the NEU

20th April 2018

Kate needs your help

You may be aware of the situation facing Leicester teacher Kate Geraghty who was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after giving birth to her daughter:

Dying mum seeks treatment to prolong her life to give precious time with baby daughter, Leicester Mercury, 17th April 2018

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11th April 2018, Joseph Wyglendacz

NEU Local Structures

As we see the NUT come to an end, what do the new local structures of the National Education Union (NEU) look like?

Essentially, anyone employed by a specific organisation (be it an LA or academy, etc.) will be members of both a District and a Branch. Some current exceptions could be: self-employed supply teachers, retired members, associate members and some student members (who would be members of a District only).

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11th April 2018

Conference 2018: Burning Books

Jess Green with Kuldip
Jess Green with Kuldip

An undoubted highlight of conference was the performance of Jess Green's Burning Books at The Midlands NUT Regional Reception on the Sunday evening of conference.

A packed Empress Suite in the Grand Hotel was treated to the play introduced by Jess Green herself.

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11th April 2018, Mark Smith, Leicester NUT Section Treasurer

Conference 2018: Targets, Data, Appraisal and Performance Related Pay Do Not A School Make

Mark Smith and Kuldip Hoonjan
Mark Smith and Kuldip Hoonjan

In her inaugural speech to conference, Kiri Tunks, this year's National President said:

As a child, my after-school days were spent at the back of a school hall soaking up the brilliance of a committed teacher who knew the Arts wasn't an add-on but an essential component of everyone's lives. On the wall in her drama office hung the brilliant quote from Lilian Baylis, legendary manager of the Old Vic Theatre, who said,

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11th April 2018, Anne Blair, International Solidarity Officer

Conference 2018: International Solidarity

Rohingya students (now in school in Bradford) talking about their experience in Myanmar and their very positive experience of education in England.  The A level teacher of one of them was a delegate to conference and in the hall.
Rohingya students (now in school in Bradford) talking about their experience in Myanmar and their very positive experience of education in England. The A level teacher of one of them was a delegate to conference and in the hall.

Once again the NUT section of the NEU demonstrated its commitment to International issues, with 11 overseas guests including Wilson Sossion from the Kenya NUT. He spoke of the activities of the private company, Bridge International Academies, which is backed by Pearson and operates in several African countries delivering substandard education at a price. Its activities are being questioned and restricted by several governments and Wilson drew a standing ovation supporting the slogan 'Students not profits' (see picture opposite).

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11th April 2018, Camille London-Miyo, Equalities Officer

Conference 2018: A hint of sadness

Camille London-Miyo
Camille London-Miyo

This was the last year that ATL and NUT sections would hold separate conferences. For me there was a hint of sadness as I saw the range of multicoloured NUT banners around the Brighton conference hall. I have been an NUT member for over twenty years and during that time I have seen many changes, most of them positive. So with this latest change I felt a mix of both trepidation and excitement at the birth of our new National Education Union. Anyone who believes that attending Conference is 'a bit of a jolly', make no mistake - delegates work very hard representing our Association's values and ideas.

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11th April 2018, Camille London-Miyo, Midlands Region Disability National Organising Forum rep.

Disabled teachers

What does a disabled teacher look like?

A disabled person is defined as a person whose impairments are 'physical' or 'mental'. The deciding factor is whether the impairment has 'a substantial adverse impact' on their ability to carry out 'normal' day to day activities and whether it is long lasting (i.e. will last a year or more), although fluctuating conditions are also covered 'if likely to recur'.

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11th April 2018, Leicester NUT Section of the NEU Supply Teachers' Officer, Samina Randall

Conference 2018: What Every Supply Teacher Needs to Know About Agency Worker Regulations

My first time attending the annual NUT Conference and experiencing the voting process was a great induction into how the union functions. There were many great speeches about the struggles teachers are facing in schools. I particularly liked The Data Have Landed by Michael Rosen, who gave an inspirational speech on how teaching has changed and for further change, the fight goes on.

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11th April 2018, Samantha Lane, Joint NUT Rep at WQE1 6th Form College

Conference 2018: To stream or not to stream? That is the question

One aspect of going to conference is the opportunity to discuss and debate issues. One of these was Motion 21 on 'A National Education Service'. The motion calls upon the JEC of the NEU to consult and campaign for a National Education Service ensuring a fully comprehensive system that encourages collaboration and democratic control.

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11th April 2018, Jessica Edmonds, NUT Rep at Slater Primary School

Conference 2018: Attending for the first time

A lot of the conversation I hear about union membership is about insurance: if something goes wrong at school, then the union will be there for you. Accordingly, there is much discussion of how expensive union membership is, especially as you progress through your career. Certainly in my first couple of years' teaching, the union being there for me was important. Firstly, my newly-purchased, branded backpack went missing from my classroom, and my NUT insurance paid out its cost. Then I needed advice about an issue at school, and my local association supported me. Now, when my school is faced with closure, causing uncertainty and stress for children and staff, the NUT are supporting us. All proof that yes, the union is there when you need it.

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11th April 2018

Reporting from 2018 Conference

Your conference delegates were (from left to right) Ian Leaver (Membership Secretary), Camille London-Miyo (The Lancaster School, Equal Opportunities Officer), Samina Randall (Supply Teachers' Organiser), Samantha Lane (WQE1 College), Megan Van Breugel (Glebelands Primary school), Jessica Edmonds (Slater Primary School), Kuldip Hoonjan (Learning Representative), Joseph Wyglendacz (Rolleston Primary School, Secretary and National Executive member), Anne Blair (WQE1 College, International Solidari
Your conference delegates were (from left to right) Ian Leaver (Membership Secretary), Camille London-Miyo (The Lancaster School, Equal Opportunities Officer), Samina Randall (Supply Teachers' Organiser), Samantha Lane (WQE1 College), Megan Van Breugel (Glebelands Primary school), Jessica Edmonds (Slater Primary School), Kuldip Hoonjan (Learning Representative), Joseph Wyglendacz (Rolleston Primary School, Secretary and National Executive member), Anne Blair (WQE1 College, International Solidari

This year's NUT conference was held over the Easter weekend in Brighton. It was, of course, the last ever NUT conference, as from next year annual conference will be a National Education Union conference. Here are reports and recollections from conference, including from first time delegates Jessica and Samina.

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5th March 2018

Annual General Meeting

City of Leicester NUT's annual general meeting took place on 28th February at The Belmont Hotel. Ian Leaver was inaugurated as our President for the remainder of 2018. In his presidential address, Ian spoke about the history of Leicester NUT and the challenges facing the NEU going forward. The picture shows Ian receiving the president's badge of office from outgoing president, Megan Van Brugel.

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1st February 2018

From the Archives: Other Unions

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. Twenty years ago minute books for meetings dating back to 1903 were found in an attic and local officers Andrew Hind and Steve Ruffle put together a booklet using extracts from the minute book. This booklet, A Life of Continuous Strain, can be found on the Leicester NUT website.

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30th January 2018, Julie Walters-Nisbett, Organiser Leicester NUT Black Teachers' Network

Black Teachers Conference Report

We (all nine of us) arrived at the conference on Friday evening on Midlands Railway. It was an excellently organised reception. The new venue, the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, proved very convenient as it was literally next door to our accommodation at The Holiday Inn.

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29th January 2018

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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27th January 2018

Still No Need to Rush to Academisation

Sadly, although the rate of academy conversion still remains low in Leicester, one or two schools have decided to seek a sponsor now, rather than be forced at some later date into having to accept a sponsor against their will. So, 1st January saw Forest Lodge Primary School voluntarily join a Nottingham-based Multi Academy Trust, and Overdale Junior School and Overdale Infant Schools look set to join a Leicestershire-based MAT early in the Summer term. Did they need to opt to become academies? Need school governors be worried about forced academisation? Leicester NUT says no.

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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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