Monday 28th February
5:30pm va Zoom
Our meeting next Monday will feature a discussion about appraisal, lesson observations and other forms of scrutiny.
Mary Bousted will join us and we will hear from one local school which has developed some very good practice in this area.
Please share the advert below and the registration link with colleagues in your school.
At the meeting we will also update you on the NEU pay survey and campaign and discuss amendments to NEU Conference motions. Click on the link below to see the motions which have been prioritised for debate at the Conference. Amendments to these motions can now be submitted by districts.
We still have two places left on our delegation to NEU Conference – if you are interested please contact Alex.email@example.com as soon as possible for more details.
This year the theme for LGBT+ History Month is Politics in Art.
Please see the LGBT+ History month website for information, guidance and ideas for educators to use in schools.
Tower Hamlets and the City NEU is building an archive of resources to help educators teach about LGBT+ equality in schools and colleges. If you have a resource or a recommendation, please email Alex.Kenny@NEU.org.uk.
You can see our curriculum resources page here.
We would love to add the resources and ideas you used this year to this page.
For more guidance on LGBT+ issues in schools and for staff members please see our LGBT+ Equality page.
Kacey de Groot is the Executive member elected by NEU LGBT+ members.
To contact Kacey, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more NEU guidance, information and resources click here
27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. These resources are to support teachers and learners in finding out more about why this day is so important.
Please watch the short videos below from author Michael Rosen, recorded especially for the NEU, which remind us of the importance of commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.
Michael has also prepared these teaching resources for you to use in class. See below for more resources from the NEU.
This webcast has been organised in conjunction with the Holocaust Education Trust.
The webcast is live and will take place from 10-11am on Wednesday, 26 January. Join us to hear Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke’s incredible testimony.
f you have any questions, please email email@example.com
NEU HMD resources
For more on tackling racism and antisemitism on our local website
We are collating links to resources or developed by our members. If you have a good resource that you would be happy to share with others, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Monday 17th January
5:30pm via Zoom
The NEU survey on teacher pay begins on Friday 14th January. The survey is a very important part of the Union’s campaign to influence the outcome of the STRB process between now and the summer term.
We want to work with Reps to ensure that members know what we are doing and why we are doing it, and that we get the best response to the survey.
There are a number of things we need you to do:
1. REGISTER for our meeting on Monday 17th January
2. CIRCULATE the attached newsletter to colleagues in your school
3. ORGANISE a meeting for members in your school (we can get local committee members to attend)
4. CHECK the NEU membership list for you school (let us know of any changes)
5. ENCOURAGE NEU members to check their member details at https://my.neu.org.uk/login and to vote in the survey
The Prime Minister has made no mention of schools in his ‘Plan B’ statement last week, despite the fact that many schools are struggling with rising numbers of staff and pupil absence.
In the light of this the NEU has called for further mitigations in schools, which you can read here.
NEU Reps are advised to meet with headteachers to discuss what further measures can be taken in the next week to minimise the risk to staff and pupils.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns or need advice.
Christmas treats: we will reimburse up to £40 if Reps want to buy some treats for the staffroom or an NEU meeting before the end of term.
NEU Conference: please do consider putting your name forward as a delegate to the NEU Conference at Easter. The nomination form is here
All member pay briefing: the NEU will be conducting an important survey of members about action on pay in January.
We are holding an important briefing for all members on Monday 17th January and would like Reps to organise school group meetings in the same week.
Membership checks: Reps can check the membership for your school online – click on this link and use your myNEU login details.
We have emailed members today, asking them to check their details and make any necessary changes, please encourage colleagues to do this.
Film screening and Q&A: bookings are going very well for our screening and Q&A with Aminul Hoque – places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
That’s it for now, thanks for all your hard work this term.
Have a wonderful holiday.
Next week the government will publish its “remit” to the School Teacher Review Body (STRB) outlining its proposals for teacher pay from September 2022.
The NEU will be watching this announcement very closely and will be preparing to mobilise members to respond if this falls short of our expectations.
Below is a newsletter for NEU members outlining the current situation with some key points – please download this and circulate to members in your school by hard copy or email.
Here are some key points:
And some key dates:
Please alert members in your school to this information.
We want to hear about the experiences of members who have recently been inspected by Ofsted, or are currently undergoing or preparing for an Ofsted inspection. We will use all member feedback to inform a new campaign we will be launching in the new year.
Please encourage your members to contact Jill.Stokoe@neu.org.uk to share their experiences and professional opinions on Ofsted.
We will keep you updated on our plans for this developing campaign area.
We want to encourage school groups to meet and discuss the Union’s Value Education, Value Educators resources, using the tackling workload booklet below to identify issues of concern.
We covered this in our Reps training on Monday and will be organising further training in January for Reps who were unable to attend.
One area we want to take a close look at is marking, so we would like to hear from you if your school has revised its marking policy in a way that has reduced workload for staff.
The government has issued revised guidance to schools as a precaution against the new variant of Covid.
The chief recommendation is that adults in all settings should wear masks in communal areas and this should apply to students in secondary schools. Schools are also being advised to consider events such as assemblies and parents meetings.
We encourage Reps to meet with your head to discuss the new guidelines and any measures that need to be put in place. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue further advice as we receive it from NEU HQ.
As the end of term approaches we are offering to reimburse Reps up to £40 if you want to organise an end of term get together for NEU members or to buy some treats for the staffroom.
If you wish to do this just send us a scan of your receipt and send me your bank details.
We are delighted to be hosting a special screening and Q&A with Aminul Hoque of his powerful film “British Bangladeshis”.
His film tell the story of the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, their struggles and heritage, through the experience of different generations of his family. It is a very powerful film that is both intimate and universal.
Aminul is a lecturer in the Educational Studies Department at Goldsmiths College. He was born in Bangladesh, his family came to the UK when he was just three years old and settled in Bethnal Green.
Aminul’s film tells the story of the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, their struggle and heritage, through the experience of different generations of his family.
It is a powerful film that is intimate and universal at the same time, and will be of interest to education staff in Tower Hamlets.
Subject to Covid restrictions, the screening is on Monday 31st January at 5:00pm in Stepney Green School.
We are seeking nominations from colleagues who would like to represent our District at the NEU Conference in 2022.
The Conference will be held in Bournemouth from Sunday April 10th – Thursday April 14th.
It is a very important event and a great way to find out more about the Union and help shape policy.We encourage new people to attend and want to ensure that our delegation reflects the diversity of our membership.
If you are interested please complete the attached form with the names of a proposer and seconder and send it to me.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any information, advice or support.
A number of Reps have asked us about conducting a stress survey for colleagues in their school, some have already done so and in some cases heads have agreed to run the survey as a whole school enterprise.
The anonymous survey is run by NEU HQ who will send us a link for your school and collate the results for us.
If you think this would be a useful aid to discussions in your school please let me know and we can set one up for you.
Here is a copy of the survey questions for your information.
We are seeking nominations for delegates to represent our District at NEU Conference in April 2022. On Monday Rosie Bond talked about her experience as a first-time delegate this year and encouraged colleagues to think about putting their name forward. The Conference is in Bournemouth from April 10th – 14th.
Here is a nomination form and we hope you will consider putting your name forward.
Following recent protests outside some schools about the RSE curriculum our Committee has drafted this statement which we would like school groups to discuss in advance of our next meeting in January.
If you hear of any protests planned at your school please let us know so that we can discuss the situation and what support we can give.
We are running a programme of reps training this year with a series of half day events. We are starting this week with training for primary reps. We will follow this up with training for secondary reps shortly.
If you are the rep in your school, you are entitled to attend training. Please contact us for more details.
On Monday our guest speaker was Feyzi Ismail, joint UCU Rep at Goldsmiths University, where they have started fifteen days of strike action against cuts to courses and fifty redundancies. The NEU is supporting our UCU colleagues and Lewisham and Greenwich NEU branches are organising visits to picket lines.
Our District Committee met on Monday to look at the responses to our Reps survey and establish an action plan for developing our work. We will share a summary of the survey and our priorities in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime here is a quick round up of some of our plans for the next few weeks.
Our recent Reps survey highlighted that workload and pay are key concerns for members in schools and we will continue to focus on these in the coming months.
I hope that you have been able to look at the Union’s Value Education, Value Educators (VEVE) materials and have made arrangements to discuss them with members in your school.
The materials include a Powerpoint to use in meetings and a model letter you can adapt and send to your head if you feel it is necessary.
The Union’s materials sit alongside the government’s well-being charter, through which it is asking schools to look at ways of supporting staff and reducing workload.
We hope that we will be able to work with headteachers to tackle workload concerns and improve staff well-being, and we are hearing positive reports from our Reps where this is happening.
This will be the major focus of our meeting next week, where the discussion will be led by NEU Reps, so I hope you will be able to register and come along – we would love to hear what is happening in your school.
I have attached a flyer for the meeting along with some papers to accompany some of the agenda items.
We have also received this motion for discussion at the General Members Meeting.
Tackling workload is our priority and I hope you have had a chance to look at the materials launched recently by the NEU.
At our next meeting on Monday 22nd November we will hear examples of how NEU Reps have been using these to make changes in their school.
It will be a good discussion so please try to come along and tell us what has been working in your school or where you need some assistance.
Following our survey of Reps we are offering a half-day training session for primary Reps on
Monday 29th November
at the PDC in Bethnal Green Road.
This will focus on your role as NEU Rep, representing members and negotiating with your headteacher.
Reps are entitled to release for training and we can provide a letter for you to give to your head requesting release for this.
Book a place on the training here and let me know if you need a letter for your head.
We are also going to organise a mince-pie drop-in and social event before the end of term – the date and venue to be confirmed. It will be a chance to meet together informally after a year on Zoom, pick up some NEU merchandise and have a quick chat about our plans for 2022.
Please let me know if you are interested in coming along.
We have emailed to reps a set of six motions which the District Committee is recommending that we submit to the NEU Conference at Easter. These will be discussed and voted on at our meeting on 22nd November – please try to have a look at them before the meeting.
You can download the motions here
We will soon be seeking nominations for delegates from this District to attend the Conference in Bournemouth and Rosie Bond will tell you about this at the meeting.
That’s all for now, please do not hesitate to get in contact if you need any information, advice or support.
Thank you to all those Reps who completed our survey before the break. We are compiling the results and will share some of the headlines with you in due course – the survey is still open if you can find the time to complete it.
Following our recent briefings on pay we have had a lot of contact from members seeking advice about pay progression and extra duties – we are responding as quickly as we can and have supported a number of members in preparing for pay appeals.
Information, including our Pay Powerpoint can be found on our local NEU website.
As we outlined at our last meeting, our priority for the rest of this term is to support Reps and members in schools in addressing workload concerns. This is being done through the Union’s Value Education, Value Educators initiative and the booklet, Reducing Accountability Workload, see below:
Section 3 of the booklet goes through an audit of some key areas in which we think workload can be addressed in schools. We are asking Reps to call meetings with members to agree areas for discussion with your headteacher.
We will be contacting Reps over the next couple of weeks to talk further about this and are happy to come into meetings with members.
We will follow up on this work at our next general meeting on Monday November 22nd, where we would like to hear reports from schools.
Thanks for all your help and support this first half term.
It is time for our annual Reps survey. Please complete if you haven’t aready done so.
Our Committee will be looking at the results after half-term and it is really useful to hear from you what we are doing well and what we could be doing better.
At our last meeting, we heard a report on the launch of the NEU Value Education, Value Educators initiative. The focus we will be giving to tackling workload in schools.
We want to use this to increase the visibility of the Union in schools and make sure we are working with you to take positive steps to address members’ concerns.
New materials will be launched at a national Zoom call for NEU Reps on Monday 1st November – which will feature one of our Tower Hamlets Reps – you can register here and I hope you will be able to attend.
Please encourage colleagues to email their MP pressing the case for teachers and support staff to get a fair pay rise next year.
We will follow up our meeting on pay with some further advice for members on pay progression and other issues that came up in the meeting last week. The Powerpoint we used at the meeting is below.
At our meeting on Monday we agreed to endorse the attached Memorandum, which we think provides a useful framework for building positive relations between school leaders and trade unions.
We are taking this back to headteachers for final agreement and welcome any comments you may have – please discuss this with colleagues in your school and your headteacher.
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