The final session and before any unfinished motions conference voted to increase participation and female participation in particular. From next year a new speaker card system will be introduced to bring an end to queuing on a Saturday morning to get to speak at conference. This system was seen as unfair particularly to women.
Workload – passed almost unanimously. Now let’s fight harder through industrial action and action short of action to reduce workload. A boycott of Ofsted inspections would be a good start.
The Government/The economy – conference was reminded that the government’s programme of cuts was an ideological choice of this government set on privatising the public sector and breaking the unions.
Sixth form colleges – motion passed to look at National Action
Primary Academies – Michael Davern (Joint Secretary) spoke on this.and conference was reminded that Gove’s plan was for all schools to become academies and that we should be fighting this in all schools – the motion was passed.
women’s place is in the union – a conference for women activists was approved and initiatives to encourage greater female participation were encouraged – Motion passed.
A lay led union – reduction in facility time would be strongly challenged whilst at the same time support would be provided for members with secretaries without facility time – passed
Inclusion – the union continued to encourage inclusion and would resist the increased segregation that is planned by the govt with an Special Schools being run for profit.
General Secretary’s speech
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