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For many years I have been a teacher advisor for Cambridgeshire County Council (our L.E.A) and have been to numerous meetings with councillors and officials. I have found that all of them (including the ruling conservatives) take their responsibilities seriously and try and do their best for the counties’ pupils and students. One example of this in a local Fenland secondary school a few years ago was when it was judged to have a “serious weakness” from Ofsted. This was a community school controlled by the L.E.A. Within a year the head teacher was replaced without any negative publicity to...
22 Jan 2012


Places are still available at the 2012 Young Teachers’ Conference. The annual Young Teachers’ Conference is the key national event for young members. This is the sixth annual Young Teachers’ Conference and all previous conferences have been popular, well attended events.The deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, 26 January 2012. 
22 Jan 2012

NUT briefing on pay negotiations 2011

This briefing gives details of current developments in pay bargaining in 2011 in education and local government in England and Wales, in order to brief NUT Executive members, officers and activists including in their organising and recruitment activities. As we now know, on top of the Government’s two year public sector pay freeze covering 2011 and 2012, public sector pay will be limited to increases of just 1% in 2013 and 2014. EDUCATION NEGOTIATING GROUPS School Teachers Most recent pay agreement: No pay offer for September 2011 or September 2012 as a result of Government’s two-year public sector pay freeze....
2 Jan 2012

NUT Briefing on Pay Issues: the arguments against the public sector pay cap and regional pay.

INTRODUCTION On 29 November 2011 the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Autumn Forecast Statement. In it he talked about the need for “savings from further restraint on public sector pay.” In particular he referred to a cap on public sector pay increases in the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 and to moves towards regional pay. Public sector pay capThe Chancellor said that the country “could not afford“ the 2% public sector pay rise Government departments had assumed for the period after the end of the current pay freeze in August 2013. He said that public sector pay awards would be...
2 Jan 2012

Deaf Awareness & Sign Language workshop

A new initiative to encourage employees to take up deaf awareness & sign language is now available in Cambridge   Signs4Life is offering an introductory workshop in deaf awareness and sign language to help staff to communicate with their deaf and hard of hearing colleagues, service users and clients in  Cambridge on Wednesday 7th December at Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard, Cambridge (CB2 3QD) from 9:30am-12:30pm. This local initiative is to help identify barriers that deaf people face and explore their culture and community but also to encourage inclusion of all people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities in Cambridge. Attendance is strictly by booking only...
12 Nov 2011

Planning for schools development - government climbdown

The NUT is proud to have played its part in forcing a Government climb-down over plans to allow premises including shops, restaurants, drinking establishments, hot food take-aways and funeral parlours, to convert to school use without the need for planning permission. In an attempt to support the development of free schools, the Department for Communities and Local Government consulted late last year on whether certain types of premises, or any kind of premises, should be able to convert to school use without the need to obtain planning permission. The NUT argued forcefully that: ·                allowing unsuitable premises to convert to school use would not...
11 Sep 2011

Schools and 'the riots' - parents and students beware

Advice from Professor Gus John: At a meeting in Manchester on Wednesday 31 August 2011 and the following day at a meeting in Lewisham, I warned parents and students that when schools reopen their children would most likely be targeted either by teachers or by the resident police in those schools to find out where they were and what they were doing during the recent civil unrest, or/and who they knew that took to the streets and became involved.  Parents needed to be prepared for that and guide their children as to how to respond, as I was sure that many...
6 Sep 2011

Workload campaign - classroom observation

The focus for the Union’s workload campaign this term is classroom observation. A poster and postcard will be sent to all schools in the first week of September, highlighting the need to agree school protocols on classroom observations, particularly in light of the Government’s declared intention to remove all statutory limits on observation. Members are urged to seek adoption of the NUT’s model protocol for classroom observation which includes the following features: a limit of three hours’ observation, spread over a maximum of three occasions, for any purpose, including drop-ins and learning walks;observations to be used for multiple purposes;consultation to take place on...
4 Sep 2011

Directed time - guidance for members

All teachers should receive a copy of their directed time budget and a diary of school events by 1st September. We would suggest that reps and teachers ask for the directed time budget and the school diary before the end of the summer term. When you get the documents check the directed time meets the following criteria:What is included in directed time?teaching and other activities including observations, school visits, etc.;PPA and other non-contact time, including leadership and management time;supervisory duties at the beginning and end of the school day;time spent attending meetings, parents evenings, open evenings, pre-school briefings, etc.(staff meeting...
29 Aug 2011

Cuts and redundancies in Cambridgeshire

Factsheet on cuts and redundancies in Cambridgeshire
26 Jan 2011
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