Summer end of term report : Goodbye Gove but there is still much to be done!
STAND UP FOR EDUCATION STAND UP FOR TEACHERS CAMPAIGN
It would not have escaped your attention that Michael Gove was demoted on Tuesday.
We should be proud of the role that the NUT’s Stand up for Education campaign played in bringing about his departure – the lobbying of MPs, the street stalls to engage with parents, the industrial action taken by members – this all had a demonstrable impact.
Mr Gove may have left but, of course, his policies remain. The General Secretary has written to the new Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, seeking an early meeting. It is hoped that the change in personality coincides with an improvement in Government policy and a new willingness to enter into serious negotiations with trade unions.
The Executive met yesterday and agreed a number of steps to re-launch our successful Stand up for Education campaign in the autumn. There will be a consultation with members about our ongoing strategy and campaign. The Union’s manifesto for the General Election will also be launched. This will form the basis for lobbying activity with prospective parliamentary candidates in the run up to the General Election on 7 May 2015.
ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
De-Delegation: A Joint Union Toolkit for Local/District Union Representatives
The Union continues to meet regularly with our sister unions, the ATL, the NAHT and the NASUWT to press ahead with the campaign to protect trade union facility time in schools. The four unions have revised the De-Delegation Toolkit, which includes guidance on how to handle the next round of Schools Forum meetings and how to persuade all schools to participate in local facilities time arrangements. It also includes a suite of joint union letters some of which will be issued nationally from the unions, others of which may be adapted and issued by local officers as circumstances dictate. The De-Delegation Toolkit can be accessed on Hearth using the following link: http://www.teachers.org.uk/protecting-facility-time (this is a password protected link please login to Hearth and copy and paste it in to your browser).
You are urged to read the Toolkit cover note and to consider how your division might best utilise the materials to secure the best outcome for the NUT within the boundaries of your local authority and, ultimately, for the NUT nationally. We ask that you please continue to keep your regional offices informed of developments and wish you all the best in your endeavours to protect your Union and your members.
HARINGEY NUT DIVISION SECRETARY SUSPENDED
The Haringey Division Secretary, Julie Davies, has been suspended by the council on spurious charges and told she is not allowed to communicate with any teachers from the borough, pending an investigation.
We are concerned that this is a politically motivated and baseless attack on an effective and well-respected Division Secretary.
Please sign this petition and send messages of support to the Deputy Secretary of Haringey NUT, Niall O’Connor at: email@example.com
Steve Sinnott Award for International Solidarity 2015
This newly instituted Award in honour of the late NUT General Secretary Steve Sinnott, seeks to foster and celebrate significant contributions to international solidarity by members. Do you know an NUT member or group of members who should be commended for their international work at association/division/school level? For more information about the Award, or to suggest a nomination, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be presented with the Award at NUT Annual Conference 2015.
Stop Israel’s Apartheid Wall
It has been 10 years since the International Course of Justice (ICJ) ruled the construction of Israel’s Apartheid Wall in the occupied Palestinian West Bank illegal under international law. Sign War on Want’s Petition and call on the British government to hold Israel to account. Please bring this campaign to the attention of members locally.
Unite for Quality Education Campaign – World Teachers’ Day: 5 October 2014
For World Teachers’ Day 5 October, declare your support for the objectives of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign. Click here for information on where to send an email or text message, which will be forwarded to Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, Irene Bokova, Director General of UNESCO and to Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy on Education. Let them know you support the call for Quality Education for All.
IN THE NEWS
The General Secretary was prominent amongst those reacting to the movement of Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan in the reshuffle. The General Secretary appeared live on all the major TV news networks – BBC, ITN, Sky News – and radio, telling viewers that “teachers’ faces will be wreathed in smiles” at the news of Gove’s departure from the education brief. The General Secretary’s remarks were quoted widely in print. An audio recording of her BBC News appearance can be heard here.
ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain took a trip to Stoke Rochford Hall on Wednesday morning in order to carry a live interview with the General Secretary. If you are registered with ITV Player, the interview can be viewed from 6.20am here.
This will be the final e-Bulletin for this term. In the event that we need to communicate urgently with you over the summer break, we will email you all. We wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer from the e-Bulletin Team.