NEWSLETTER - MAY 2006
HELP THE UNION FIGHT THE BILL
Trust Schools, like Academies, are a serious threat to state education and to teachers’ pay and conditions of service.
A Trust School is run by a group of external sponsors who can apply to the DfES to change rates of pay and conditions . The Trust will own the school buildings and land – and can, if they so wish, dispose of them . Trust Schools will extend selection and encourage damaging competition between schools .
Trust Schools form a central plank of the Government’s Education Bill, which is why the NUT is campaigning to get it changed .
What You Can Do
At the touch of a button you can send a letter to your MP and state your opposition, using the NUT website . MPs really do take notice of constituents – letters can mean lost votes .
Just go to www.teachers.org.uk; then Education Bill; then Write to your MP .
You will then see a copy of the letter in the centre of the screen . Scroll down this central box until you get to the request to enter your post code, and click Search . Details of your MP will appear . Just fill in your personal details, click Send, and the letter is sent automatically .
Or send your own letter;
Or arrange to see your MP at her/his surgery .
Delegates at the recent NUT Conference voted overwhelmingly to oppose the section of the Bill which sets up Trust schools .
INVIGILATION – YOUR RIGHTS
The exam season is upon us and, in most cases, teachers no longer have to invigilate . The School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document says:
“Invigilating examinations is not a productive use of teachers’ time . From September 2005 teachers will no longer routinely be required to invigilate external examinations (eg . National Curriculum tests, GCSE and AS/A2 examinations) . ”
You may need to conduct practical and oral exams in your subject;
You can be required to invigilate internal exams when they are held in normal lesson times – but not if your school has reorganised the timetable .
Teachers sometimes gain time as a result of pupils doing exams or being on study leave . You can be asked to cover for an absent colleague in this time only if you have not reached your 38 hour annual cover limit .
If you are asked to invigilate an external exam, or to cover beyond the 38 hour limit, please ring the office for advice .
YOUNG TEACHERS CONFERENCE
Bradford NUT is looking for members to attend the Young Teachers’ Conference on the weekend of July 7 th – 9 th .
The Conference will be held at the union’s training centre, Stoke Rochford Hall .
So, if you are under 35 and would like to be a voice for young teachers within the NUT, and would like to sample the delights of Stoke Rochford Hall, why not give us a ring for further details?
All expenses will be paid .
22 Edmund St, BD5 0BH.
Tel:01274 414664 - Fax:01274 414665