URGENT NUT meeting tonight – Wilson Road SE5 8PD – NUT ballot for strike action against the white paper

NUT meeting tonight (WEDS 27th April) from 5:15 (but come when you can – hot food!) the theme is: what can you do in your school to organise for the ballot against The White Paper?

The NUT ballot will open in four weeks and the NUT Conference recommended a strong yes vote on a high turnout – to send a firm message to the government.

To do this we need EVERY member to:

Organise/attend a union meeting in school in the next two weeks. Send someone along to tonight’s branch meeting – where we are hoping that a Junior Doctor will attend.

We also need you to:

Check that your membership data – especially your address is up to date. You may have moved but the union still has your old address you can do this online here:

https://www.teachers.org.uk/members-reps/your-union – members  will need their membership number and will need to set up a Login on first visit – they then can update membership details – changes of address/school e


PLEASE DO THIS this week in good time for the ballot. Please also let us know when members will at your school will be meeting to discuss the ballot – meeting materials are here: https://www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/white-paper



We also decided to do a stall in Dulwich on Saturday the 21st and a joint public meeting with Junior Doctors on the 28th VENUES TBA and will be asking members to help get the message out THAT:

What we are saying about The White Paper:

It’s the wrong priority The Government should be dealing with the real issues facing schools and parents; the growing teacher shortage, the lack of pupil places, the curriculum chaos and the funding crisis.


 It’s ineffective The Government hasn’t produced evidence that academies improve education. Prof Stephen Machin says “I don’t think we have any evidence on that so far. We certainly have no evidence at all for primary schools.”3


 It’s undemocratic The Conservatives didn’t include this proposal in their manifesto last year. The proposal will remove the requirement to have elected parent governors, it denies parents a voice in whether their school becomes an academy or which chain or multi academy trust the school joins.


It’s expensive – See more at: https://www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/white-paper


Reps training will be on the  19th May – we will be writing to Reps and Headteachers


Activists meeting/organising meeting is also being arranged – please let us know if you would like to be involved in organising any of the above and let is know when your school NUT meeting will be if we don’t see you tonight.



Michael Davern

Joint Secretary










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