NUT briefing for members

STAND UP FOR EDUCATION STAND UP FOR TEACHERS CAMPAIGN

Members are taking action on Thursday, 10 July alongside colleagues from Unison, Unite, PCS, FBU and the GMB.

A document outlining five reasons why we are striking is available on the website.

Answers to lots of frequently asked questions about the action can be found here.

Where they have been advised, the details of marches and rallies can be found on the Union’s website. Associations and divisions that have given information on local events will be contacted by the Union’s mailing house to confirm delivery addresses and the amount of materials required. Resources are limited so we cannot guarantee that requests will be completely met. All deliveries will be posted on Monday for guaranteed delivery by 12 noon Tuesday, 8 July 2014.

Street stalls and Education Question Times are happening across the country with support building from parents and the public. Please do remember to register details of street stalls and email information about Education Question Times to campaigns@nut.org.uk.

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Whistleblowing

The Government recently published its response to the Whistleblowing Framework Call for Evidence, the purported aim of which was to gauge the public’s appetite for greater legal protections for whistleblowers. A summary of the Government’s proposed changes are set out below.

Certain bodies (e.g., local authorities) will be required to publish the number of disclosures made to them each year.
A model whistleblowing policy will be produced.
Organisations that embrace whistleblowing will be identified and celebrated.
Recent changes to whistleblowing legislation has been included in guidance to members and in technical guidance to caseworkers, which is available on Hearth at https://www.teachers.org.uk/taxonomy/term/1813 (as this is a password protected link, please login to Hearth and copy and paste it in to your browser).

Officer Email Tools – Maintenance Announcement

The officer and bulk email functions on Hearth will be undergoing vital maintenance between 06.00 and 06.30 on Monday, 7 July 2014.

During this time, all Hearth email tools will be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and urge you to ensure that all work is saved and completed before the maintenance period. Please report any issues experienced after this work has taken place through the website feedback facility.

ACTION MATTERS

You are encouraged to send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below regarding forthcoming local action.

Action Date Contact

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy/South Tyneside
(Restructuring) 9 July Jill McManus
secretary@south-tyneside.nut.org.uk

St Matthew’s CE Primary School/Leeds
(Escalation) 8 July Patrick Murphy
newrypatrick@ntlworld.com

Winterbourne Boys Academy/Croydon
(Escalation) 9 July
15 July
16 July
17 July Dave Harvey
croydonnut@hotmail.com

Sir Thomas More Catholic Academy/Stoke-on-Trent (Escalation) 8 July
9 July Ivan Hickman
secretary@stoke-on-trent-division.nut.org.uk
INTERNATIONAL

Walk for Cuba and Support the Miami Five, Chess Valley, Buckinghamshire: 13 July 2014

Join Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s second Walk for Cuba and help raise funds for the Miami Five Campaign. Full details and registration form here.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

World Teachers’ Day: 1 October 2014

The NUT, along with Amnesty International, will be hosting this year’s World Teachers’ Day event on 1 October and will focus on keeping teaching and learning environments safe. Confirmed speakers include: Christine Blower; Kate Allen of Amnesty International; and a member of Afghan Connection. Please bring to the attention of members locally.

IN THE NEWS

Christine Blower appeared on Question Time yesterday. The programme is available to view here.

The Union was quoted in the Guardian and Independent on a report suggesting Government should subsidise independent school fees. The General Secretary called the proposal “complete nonsense”.

Yours sincerely

CHRISTINE BLOWER KEVIN COURTNEY
General Secretary Deputy General Secretary
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