Camden Teachers Association (NUT)
Three camden teachers - Megan, Anna and Tom are cycling to Cardiff for the NUT Conference to raise money for CADFA (Camden Abu-Dis Friendship Association). Please visit their sponsorship page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycling-the-wall
Come along to our next General Meeting to hear from Neera Dhingra (Well-being manager at Parliament Hill School) and join in the discussion about the well-being of children today.
We are trialling a slightly later start time of 5:30pm, although refreshments will be available from 5:00pm.
The full agenda is here.
Last night's AGM involved a report back from the More Than a Score conference, followed by discussion about assessment in schools. You can find out more about the campaign by watching this video.
Below is a copy of a campaign statement in support of the More Than a Score campaign. If your school group haven't signed it yet, ask teachers if they are happy to.
Click here for a copy of the minutes from last night's meeting.
A flier can be found below.
Camden NUT has organised a public meeting for Parents, Governors and Teachers to come and here about the crisis of school funding and how it will affect our schools and pupils. Please advertise it widely. It's not essential, but you can let us know if you intend to come here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-meeting-school-funding-crisis-tickets-31284000287Speakers: Kevin Courtney - NUT General Secretary, Raj Chada - Chair of Governors, John Dowd - Headteacher.
If you are interested in coming to NUT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend 2017, or being involved with our committee, then you need to fill out the attached nomination form and return it to us by December 16th.
Please try to come to this important demo on Thursday 17th November. This come the week before the Chancellor's Autumn statement and we will be trying to send a very strong message about the important priorities in our schools.
Come along and join in the discussion at our next General Meeting. This meeting will take place next Tuesday 18th October at 5pm, in The Alex Jack Room at The Crowndale Centre.
Below is a copy of the agenda. We hope to see you then.
At this time of year, Appraisal and Performance Management meetings are taking place in schools. For current Camden policies and general guidance click on the 'Advice' tab above. If you have any further questions or require further support please get in touch.
Camden NUT meeting dates for the next academic year have now been added to the calendar.
Have a great summer break!
Whenever we take strike action there are many questions from Reps and members and there is an FAQs document on the NUT website which addresses these in detail.
However, we do know that the timing of this particular strike has prompted some specific questions and I want to address this for you here - please take the time to read this and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.
WHAT IF THE STRIKE CLASHES WITH EID?
The NUT was working on information received the Eid would be on 6th or 7th July and aimed to avoid these dates. We do recognise that there is now some uncertainty about the date and that some schools may decide to close for Eid on Tuesday July 5th - if this does happen then no pay should be deducted as it is not a working day.
COULD THE NUT POSTPONE THE STRIKE UNTIL SEPTEMBER?
The ballot was timed so that we could hold a strike this term and we are now constrained by the UK's very restrictive trade union laws, which mean that if we do not take this action we would have to re-ballot in September - note: under the UK's union laws there is no option of simply delaying action to September; action must be started within 28 days of the ballot closing.
SHOULD WE POSTPONE THE STRIKE GIVEN THE POLITICAL TURMOIL?
This has been considered very seriously and we believe the demands our strike is putting forward are now more important than ever.
Schools are facing a very difficult budget because George Osborne has FROZEN the money he gives schools, while INCREASING the money he takes from them.
As a result we are already seeing:
It is also vital for the Government to acknowledge that they bear the responsibility for increasing class sizes and reduced support for vulnerable children. They are not the result of immigration, but due to deliberate decisions by the government, which have created a lack of funding and of school place planning.
We are therefore calling on Nicky Morgan and George Osborne to commit to investing in education, not cutting it. This is in the interest of our country as well as our children's education and our teachers and support staff. The Union has written to Nicky Morgan outlining some steps she could take which would allow us to suspend our action.
WILL NUT MEMBERS SUPPORT THE STRIKE?
Yes, we are now steadily receiving reports that schools will be closed on the day due to our strike action. Since the strike was announced over 3,000 new members have joined the NUT.
WILL PARENTS SUPPORT US?
Yes, a number of campaigns have recently been set up by parents ,who share our concerns about government policy. We are encouraged that these groups are supporting our campaign and strike action and will be speaking at rallies, see here:
The die is now cast and our strike is on, we now have to make it is as big, successful and visible as possible - please do discuss this with colleagues and support your Union in its campaign for teachers, children and schools.
Thanks and best wishes,
MATERIALS FOR THE STRIKE
Flyer for NUT march
Leaflet for parents
Letter to Nicky Morgan requesting talks