I hope you all had a good half-term and a chance for a bit of a break. Some London colleagues were still busy, like those who took part in Trade Unionists 4 Calais or those who joined our LGBT+ delegation to Belfast and Dublin.
One story that broke over the half-term week was the outcry against the latest changes to KS1/2 assessment arrangements. The DfE have responded by putting back the deadline for the submission of teacher assessments but the NUT is still calling for this year’s arrangements to be cancelled. Do pass on views/feedback from NUT members.
· LONDON CUTS AND MAYORAL ELECTION HUSTINGS EVENT ON MARCH 7 AT HAMILTON HOUSE
We held a meeting with representatives of London Councils yesterday to discuss shared concerns over London school budgets. Do contact your Heads, Governors and local councillors to see if you can get their support as well.
Do keep London NUT informed about your local campaign plans via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alongside those, we need to make sure that the Mayoral Hustings on Monday 7 March at Hamilton House is packed out so that every candidate knows they need to make education a priority in London. Leaflets for the Hustings have been mailed centrally to school reps and Divisions from the National Union for you to use locally. Make sure of your place by booking in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-mayoral-election-hustings-tickets-21298277722. We already have over 150 places booked – so don’t leave it too late to book!
· ATL/NUT PAY SEMINAR – Mander Hall Monday 29th February: Timings now confirmed as 9.30 – 4.00
Please make sure your Division is represented at this important event and confirm your attendance by e-mail to email@example.com. The full programme is here: https://app.box.com/s/merap0xyxbxr28k4bx113uw9ye63ga1b . We’ll be looking at the attacks on pay, the results of our pay progression surveys, working on what a good pay policy looks like and, above all, making sure you can leave with plans for joint campaigns on pay and pay progression.
· ELECTIONS TO NUT, SERTUC & TUC BODIES – look out for an email sent to Divisions last week
An email from Regional Office last week asked for nominations to a range of bodies including the Heads and Deputies Advisory Committee, TUC LGBT Conference and a range of different SERTUC Regional Council Sub Groups.
· EVENTS. As well as the key events above, here are some events of particular interest for London:
Thurs 25 Feb, 6-8.30pm, launch event of NUT/ATL Baseline Assessment research Thurs 25 Feb, at the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House London WC2R 0RN. https://app.box.com/s/wgfhgdr5sqxcuniurxdb4u4c09ekmtg7
Sat March 6, Protest against attacks and brutality in the South East of Turkey, assemble from midday outside BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA. https://app.box.com/s/4ngjc4y07wvfo37vxq5m95vbe1s7nz9r
Tues March 8, International Women’s Day events: https://app.box.com/s/mql73og0r0kjms1yntkbpbhvd32koui0
Wed March 9, Spring Term Division Secretaries’ One Day Briefing at NUT HQ – see the national e-bulletin
Sat March 12, Reclaim International Women’s Day: https://app.box.com/s/ufqiqnwbcx33mosllthkw3vzjgnkf7ny
Sun March 13, National Housing Demonstration: https://app.box.com/s/fjp6v3hdytgcypfpkmis5y9mx9sk4u94
Thurs Mar 17, Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow NUT are holding a joint Question Time event for local candidates with Kevin Courtney: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sw-london-education-question-time-tickets-21448637452. Do go if you are nearby and download a flyer from here: https://app.box.com/s/m7d5of5nza6syuzlk864t8jd7p3jo8mo.
· … and finally …. NATIONAL AND LOCAL DISPUTES
As well as the ongoing ballot of members in Sixth Form Colleges, there are strike action ballots currently open in Hartley Primary School in Newham and John Roan School in Greenwich, both in opposition to a change of employer to academy status, and a ballot of members at Hornsey School for Girls in Haringey against redundancies. There are also other disputes developing in London where school groups are asking for escalation under the ongoing Action Short of Strike Action guidelines over unacceptable pay and observation policies.
Look out for news on these disputes – and let the Regional Office know if there are disputes developing in your area.
On behalf of
Martin Powell-Davies, Regional Secretary, London NUT
Regional Secretary, London NUT
NUT London Regional Office
90 Point Pleasant, London SW18 1PP
Office: 020 8477 1234
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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