Pay Appeals Advice : Documents and Guidance !

A reminder to all reps and members !

All the documentation you need can be found elsewhere on this website: “www.surreyneu.org.uk” under “MEDIA”:-

Toolkit 1: NUT Model letters for use in Pay Appeals

Toolkit 2: NUT Guidance on Pay Progression

Toolkit 3: NUT Guidance on Pay Appeals

Toolkit 4: NUT Checklist for Pay Meetings

All materials can be downloaded for your use

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In the news

In a week which saw Nicky Morgan’s speech to Conservative Party Conference and her meeting with teaching unions, it was timely that the NUT issued the results of a survey of 16,000+ members on workload.  The results were startling and inspired a great deal of social media comment on Tuesday night.  The press also covered the story, including the BBC and TES.

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Consultative Ballot : STOP PRESS !

CONSULTATIVE BALLOT

You should have received your ballot paper – please ask school representatives to hold meetings in their school and encourage a YES vote.  The hotline for members to call if they have not received a paper is now operating and will do so until 17 October – 020 7380 6300.

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Supply Teachers

SUPPLY TEACHERS

The Executive noted an update on supply teacher employment issues including a report on the well-attended Conference held on 28 June and the re-launch of the Union’s Supply Charter.  Plans for the lobby of Parliament on 28 October were proceeding well and the event would be publicised in the Teacher and on the website and hearth.

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Workload Survey

WORKLOAD SURVEY

The Deputy General Secretary reported on the excellent coverage of the workload survey, to which we received 16,000 responses, 2,500 of which were from members willing to be quoted publicly with their observations on their unmanageable workload pressures. A ‘twitter storm’ was generated the previous day, 30 September, with 680,000 users of social media seeing at least one tweet about the NUT survey.  This exercise and the publicity it engendered undoubtedly influenced the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference, where she referenced teacher workload although made no suggestions as to how the Government intended to address it.  The Union was fully engaged with Government’s review of accountability measures with a ‘myths and facts’ document planned from OSTED.  It was agreed that the publication of this document should coincide with a re-launch of the ASOS and a positive set of demands from the Union on ways in which member workload can be alleviated.

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Shocking News about Teacher Workload !

The NUT workload survey conducted between 25-28 September received 16,379 responses. It makes for shocking and sobering reading and demonstrates without question the scale of the teacher workload crisis.

Key findings:

  • 90% of teachers said they had considered giving up teaching during the last two years because of workload.
  • 87% said they know one or more colleagues who had given up during the last two years because of workload.
  • 96.5% said their workload had negative consequences for their family or personal life.

The comments made by teachers make for very upsetting reading. Many more are contained in the survey report.

  • ‘I have three young boys who I barely spend time with anymore. Just writing that sentence upset me deeply.’ – primary teacher, Bury
  • ‘I am fed up of seeing my colleagues near to breaking point, and there isn’t a week goes by where I don’t see someone crying. This has to stop.’ – primary teacher, Trafford
  • ‘I love teaching, but hate the system I teach in. I’m a good and well respected teacher, but I can’t keep living like this. The moment I find the right opportunity, I will leave this uncaring, fear driven, life-drain that masquerades as a “profession”.’ – secondary teacher, Suffolk

Commenting on the results of the survey, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

‘This makes for utterly depressing reading and is a clear justification of the NUT’s continuing campaign on teacher workload.

‘Anyone concerned about the education of our children will be alarmed at the low levels of morale and exhaustion within the profession. Nicky Morgan needs to address this in her speech today and in her talks with teacher unions tomorrow (Wednesday).

‘Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world but if politicians continue their current approach we will see many more teachers leaving and those who remain will be worn into the ground. Teacher supply expert John Howson has said that it is unlikely that any of the key subjects measured by UCAS will meet their teacher training number targets for this year. (1) This is quite clearly unsustainable and in the long run will be disastrous for children and young people.

‘Much of the workload is completely unnecessary and is a result of accountability measures. It is driven from the top by the way politicians and Ofsted run down teachers. Hours spent providing evidence that they are doing their job takes away from the time teachers have for creating exciting and memorable lessons.  Unsustainable demands on for example ‘deep marking’ are not leading to better feedback for students, just to exhausted teachers.

‘If we want to maintain a world class education system, of which politicians often speak, we have to start by making teaching an attractive profession as laid out in the NUT Manifesto for Education. (2)

‘With a General Election around the corner politicians can no longer keep ignoring the crisis happening in our schools. It is now time for politicians to act. They need to take urgent steps to reform accountability so that it is based on trust, and to take immediate action to reduce working hours.

‘Failure to do this could lead to more strike action.’

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Nicky Morgan’s Speech to Conservative Party Conference

In a week which saw Nicky Morgan’s speech to Conservative Party Conference and her meeting with teaching unions, it was timely that the NUT issued the results of a survey of 16,000+ members on workload.  The results were startling and inspired a great deal of social media comment on Tuesday night.  The press also covered the story, including the BBC and TES.

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Hove Park School-Successful Campaign Defeats Academy Status

The governors of Hove Park School, in Brighton and Hove, voted unanimously to reject academy status following a well-organised and hard-fought campaign by the school community.  The NUT group at the school, led by two very determined representatives, Liz Ritson and Nansi Mellor, took strike action and co-ordinated activities with UNISON colleagues.  We have sent a message of support to the NUT Group – please do send your own messages to Paul Shellard, Secretary of Brighton and Hove NUT (nutpaul@gmail.com).

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Stand Up for Education Stand Up for Teachers Campaign

The consultative ballot of members opens today with the second class despatch of voting papers and will close at midday on 22 October 2014.  Members can vote by post, telephone or via the internet.  Although the 2011 ballot on pensions and the 2012 ballot on pay and working conditions are still active – and will remain so until any element of the disputes over which we balloted change – a strong vote in favour of the action and the continuing campaign will strengthen our hand in negotiations with Government.  We are balloting all members within the strike cohort.  A ballot hotline (020 7380 6300) will operate from 1 October to 17 October for members to request duplicate or additional ballot papers and a NUT News will be sent to schools next week urging a “YES” vote and publicising the ballot hotline.

Please think about organising a street stall in your local area to hand out copies of the election manifesto.  These can be held at any convenient time but you might want to aim for Saturday, 11 October, as this timing would help build for the TUC demonstration in London the following weekend.

It would be helpful to send copies of the manifesto to chairs of governors in your area.  To this end, a model letter is available here for you to use.

Please send photos of your activities distributing the manifesto to photos@nut.org.uk for use on social media and the NUT website.

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