Annual Conference is the Annual General Meeting of the Union. Every Easter holiday break, over 1000 delegates from associations all over England and Wales come together to debate motions which seek to direct the work of the Union for the coming year.
Every association can nominate six motions and this is done during the Autumn term. There are more motions submitted than can be debated during the time allocated for Conference so all properly nominated motions are then circulated as a booklet to associations for ‘prioritisation’.
Each association can prioritise six motions. These do not have to be the same as the ones they nominated originally.
Once the prioritisation process is complete, motions that have successfully made it through are recirculated so that associations can make amendments. This is done to refine or amend motions or to ensure they are relevant and current.
About 30 motions make it on to the Conference agenda. Of these, around 17 are usually debated. Motions are divided up into timed sections to ensure good coverage of key phases and issues.
We are always keen to encourage members to attend Conference. Accommodation, meals and travel are paid for and there is an excellent creche.
If you would like to come to NEU conference next year, please contact alex.kenny.exec.org.uk
This Conference was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. There will be a one-day conference in October to address vital business.
We hope Conference 2021 will be able to go ahead but this will depend on the developments in public health.