The annual Conference of the National Union of Teachers has always been a very lively affair. Unlike the conferences of the main political parties, it does not consist of a stage-managed PR exercise but a genuinely democratic decision making process. The reason it is lively is that delegates hold a wide range of different opinions and the debate is always of a very high quality. Voting can be quite a dramatic business and you always leave the conference emotionally exhausted, but having felt that you contributed properly to the formation of Union policy. This year’s Conference, in Liverpool, felt quite...
25 Apr 2010
5 members of Cambridge Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism attended this conference in TUC headquarters on Saturday February 13th. Speakers included Christine Blower of the NUT, Dawn Butler MP, Ken Livingston, journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, one-time professional footballer and current TV pundit Leroy Rosenior, Jerry Dammers of The Specials, Margaret Hodge MP and many more, along with a packed and very mixed audience, a good proportion of which was young.The presence of Margaret Hodge, whose comments in papers like The Daily Mail often appear as pandering to the arguments of the BNP, showed one of the two major...
7 Mar 2010
This document provides guidance and information on how OFSTED inspectors are expected to use the September 2009 Inspection Framework and Evaluation Schedule.Interpretation of OFSTED Inspection Framework
16 Dec 2009
February is LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month enables schools, libraries, councils, theatres, museums, art galleries, music venues and others to explore and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of LGBT people to world history and culture. LGBT History Month February 2010 will be pre-launched by Schools Out! at the British Museum on 19 November 2009. Resources for schools, a list of local events and further information can be obtained by visiting http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk. Divisions and associations are urged to publicise LGBT History Month as widely as possible to all members and to encourage schools to participate. Divisions and associations are...
3 Sep 2009
The Union has produced a briefing advising members and branch officers about teacher cover. Please go to the Campaigns section of this website.
4 Jun 2009
Association Secretary Jon Duveen reports on the Association's activity during 2008. Click here to read the full report: Annual Report 2008.
5 Apr 2009
The TUC and its affiliated unions have asked the Labour Research Department (LRD) to carry out a survey on climate change and the workplace. We hope to find examples of union workplace action on global warming and to identify the problems faced by union reps and activists in this area. The survey will contribute to union campaigning and publications on the environment. The survey is on LRD’s website: http://www.lrd.org.uk/surveys/climate/ Please spend a few minutes completing the questionnaire as soon as possible.
22 Feb 2009
UCL academy protesters appeal judgement Anti Academy protesters are appealing a High Court ruling that the Government is not breaking European Union laws in the way it appoints Academy sponsors. It is understood that the Camden case made some academy sponsors cautious about progressing with plans for new schools. TES article here School could get new principal before its future is decided While the public consultation on the plans to close Elgar Technology College and replace it with a new independent academy is still ongoing, an advert in yesterday’s Times Educational Supplement shows the role of principal at the “Proposed...
22 Feb 2009
We held a successful and well-attended meeting on the 21st January. Philippe Harari took over from Tom Woodcock as President for 2009. In his address (delivered 2 days after another, slightly more high profile, inauguration) he described the challenges facing teachers and his confidence that the best way to meet them and to defend state education was through a strong and united Union. This meant reaching out to School Reps. and to members in schools and trying to build up the number of activists in the Association. For a full list of the members of the Cambridgeshire Association members, go...
3 Feb 2009
A free conference supported by the Peterborough Local Authority. The speakers are John Illingworth (former head teacher and Past-President of the NUT; author of ‘Crazy About Work - An investigation and commentary on work-related factors influencing teacher mental health’) and Martin Reed (NUT Senior Vice-President and member of the National Executive). Click here for more details.
7 Dec 2008