Support the strikers at TGI Fridays

Dear colleagues

Please can you add your support to this petition and circulate to friends, family and colleagues. As you’ll see TGI workers are on strike today and Unite are keen to get over the 10,000 message mark to show the level of support they have.


Sam Gurney

Regional Secretary

TUC London, East and South East

Tel: 0207 467 1291

From: Turnbull, Dave
Sent: 25 May 2018 08:34
To: London & Eastern Unite Officers & Staff
Subject: TGI Fridays Petition

We have members at 4 TGI Fridays restaurants out on strike today – fighting for Fair Tip and Fair Pay.

It will be a huge boost to them if we can get their online peitition up to 10,000 signatures. If you haven’t signed yet please do so today and share with friends and family.

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Pay survey

London National Education Union (NUT Section) is about to launch a Greater London Pay campaign.

To help ensure this campaign is successful we need your help with these three steps.

1) Take our pay survey.

2) RSVP to join us on 30 June at NEU HQ (nr. Kings X/Euston) to discuss the pay campaign.

3) Share the pay survey and the event flyer for the 30 June.

I look forward to seeing you on 30 June.

Martin Powell-Davies

Regional Secretary- London National Education Union (NUT Section)



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Pay campaign update

Teachers across the capital have faced years of pay cuts and cost of living rises.

We want to hear from you about the impact that years of pay cuts have had on you

Once you have completed this survey, please share with colleagues and teacher friends across London.

We will be will be discussing the results of this survey and the launch of our Greater London Pay Campaign, and we want you to be a part of it.

Join us on Saturday 30 June, 10am-1pm at NEU HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, (nr. Kings X/ Euston), click here for event flyer.

Look forward to seeing you on 30 June

Martin Powell-Davies

Regional Secretary- London National Education Union (NUT Section)

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Refuge week coming soon

Dear colleague

Refugee Week takes place from 18-24 June 2018. In its 20th year, the National Education Union is proud to be the first ever education union to partner. We hope you will get involved and use some of the great resources included on the new NUT Section webpage created for Refugee Week 2018.

As it is the 20th year, we hope you will talk with colleagues about the 20 Simple Acts that schools/colleges can carry out during the week. Please share the link and resource with colleagues in your school/college now to start planning for #Simple Acts in your area.

The National Education Union has been working this year with students who are refugees. We’ve created a teaching pack called Refugee Voices – share these videos with colleagues and take a look at our staff training notes which accompany the clips to get your refugee week activities started.

Share information and photos from events that you are organising with others using #SimpleActs.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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Tories plan new grammar school scam

THE TORIES unveiled plans
to hand selective grammar
schools £50 million last
week—while slashing funding
for state schools.
The news has infuriated
teachers, parents and education
Jess is a teacher and
member of the national executive
committee of the NEU
union (NUT section) for inner
“At a time when the government
is making the worst
cuts to education, they are
finding the money for this?”
she told Socialist Worker.
“All those with an interest
in education must unite
to put up the biggest opposition
possible to this disgusting
new Tory policy.”
Theresa May was forced to
abandon plans for new grammar
schools after the Tories
flopped in last year’s general
They know selective education
is unpopular—so
they are trying to repackage
grammars as good for
disadvantaged children.
But the figures show the
reality. Just 2.6 percent
of grammar school pupils
received free school meals in
March last year, compared to
14.1 percent across all school
Jess said, “The notion that
the expansion of grammar
schools can do anything to
improve the life chances of
working class children is a lie.
“Grammar schools have
always been a stain on our
education system. Selective
schools paint children as successes
or failures at age 11.
“Many who failed the 11+
under the old system still
bear the emotional scars.
“Selection has no part
to play in any decent
education system based on
ideals of social justice.”
Rob, who took his 11+ in
1966, told Socialist Worker,
“I remember the humiliation
of eleven-plus failure.
“And although some of
us overcame it, many of
my mates reacted with contempt
at the thought of academic
study and had a lack of
Grammars aren’t about
improving social mobility—
instead they entrench social
Nicola passed the 11+
under the old system and
went to a grammar school.
“I attended from 1971 to
1978—a time of many high
points in workers’ struggle,”
she told Socialist Worker.
“We were kept completely
“We were taught to disdain
strikes as disruptive,
laugh at peace protesters,
and sneer at men with long
hair and feminists.
“We were told Thatcher
was good because she was
Christian. Anyone with an
Irish accent was suspected
of being a terrorist and homophobia
was the norm.”
There are just 163 grammar
schools in England, giving
each an average of just over
£300,000 of the new Tory
Meanwhile government
funding cuts have snatched
£2.8 billion from school
budgets since 2015.
Schools are likely to suffer
a real terms cut of around
6.5 percent between 2010-11
and 2019-20—the biggest
real terms cut for 30 years.
And the poorest schools are
being hardest hit.
Grammars aren’t about
improving education for
the majority or giving more
opportunities to disadvantaged
Instead they promote the
idea that children should
receive different kinds of
education based on their
Nicola said, “When I went
to grammar school, we lived
in a town with a relatively
large African-Caribbean and
Asian population.
“But the whole time I was
there I remember about six
BME students.
“Grammar schools are
designed for division”

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Anger on show at TUC demo in London

OVER 25,000 trade unionists and
campaigners marched through
London on the TUC union federation’s
“New deal for working
people” demonstration last
It called for a minimum wage
of £10 an hour now, a ban on
zero hours contracts and repeal of
the Trade Union Act which makes
strikes harder. And it demanded a
crackdown on tax dodgers and more
funding for the NHS, education and
other public services.
There were delegations from virtually
every union in Britain, and a
particular welcome for recent strikers
such as rail, university, college
and McDonald’s workers.
Pay was the big issue for nearly
everyone on the march.
At the rally
Manuel Cortes, TSSA transport
union general secretary, said,
“Enough is enough of rotten, rotten
austerity and we’re not going to take
it anymore.
“The Tories have used the recession
as cover to smash the NHS,
attack workers’ conditions and preside
over a fall in wages.”
Huge cheers erupted when Cortes
said, “We should take a leaf out of
Iceland’s book. They put the bankers
where they belong—in jail.”
Ten years on from the financial
crisis, real wages are still worth
£24 a week less than they were in
2008. And they are not expected to
return to pre-crash levels until 2025,
according to the TUC.
At that point, real wages in
Britain will have been in decline for
17 years, and the average worker
will have lost about £18,500.
Kris, a GMB union care worker,
said, “I only get the minimum wage.
We’ve got to get it up to £10 an hour.
“This is how we do that, by
And Jo, an Usdaw union rep at
an Argos in Bolton, said, “We need
a better living wage. People are
“I volunteer at a soup kitchen and
we’ve got people coming who are in
work, not just homeless people.”
People had different ideas about
how to win higher wages.
A couple of sections of the march
occasionally broke out in chants of,
“Oh Jeremy Corbyn”. And there was
a smattering of Labour Party banners
throughout the march.
Sean, a young council worker, said,
“We haven’t had a pay rise for eight
years, but the rich are still allowed to
get away with dodging tax.
“We need a change of government
for a start. A Labour government
led by Jeremy Corbyn
would be a huge step forward.”
Sarah, a health care worker in the
Unison union, wanted a better pay
deal than the one her union leaders
had recommended.
“We’ve had a pay freeze for years,”
she said. “Now they’re going to
put pay up but it’s not in line with
“We need to have more marches
like this. Strikes maybe.”
It was very welcome that Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn joined marchers
on Saturday.
Corbyn promised to “open an
inquiry into Orgreave [a police
assault on miners during their 1984-
85 strike], blacklisting and wherever
workers have faced injustices.
A commitment to housing was a
central part of his speech, reasserting
the promise to build “half a million
council homes”.
He said, “Public ownership is no
longer a dirty word but is something
that is very popular.
workers a say in their future.”

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Demonstration against Pearson and Bridge International

On Friday 4 May 2018, the National Education Union demonstrated outside the Pearson Annual General Meeting (AGM) to protest against the corporation’s investment in so-called Low-Fee Private Schools provider Bridge.

Bridge is one of the largest education for-profit companies in the world, with plans to sell basic education services directly to 10 million fee-paying students throughout Africa and Asia by 2025. Bridge’s business plan is predicated on the employment of unqualified staff delivering a highly scripted, standardised curriculum in substandard facilities. These are cost-cutting techniques aimed at minimising operational costs in order to maximise profit. In both Uganda and Kenya Bridge schools have been ordered to shut because of the company’s neglect and disregard for national legal and educational requirements.

In 2017, Bridge commenced legal proceedings against the Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and its General Secretary, Wilson Sossion, in an attempt to silence an international campaign aimed at exposing their business practices. In 2016, Bridge fabricated allegations against a researcher in Uganda, Curtis Riep, resulting in his arrest.

In addition to Pearson, Bridge is also supported by, among others, the World Bank, UK Government’s CDC, US Government’s OPIC and billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

The National Education Union is protesting against Pearson’s investment in Bridge, condemning the corporation’s support for a company that exploits the aspirations of some of the world’s poorest parents and their children for profit. The National Education Union is asking Pearson shareholders to ensure that the company stops backing Bridge.

Commenting on the demonstration, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Every child has the right to a free, high quality education, with trained teachers and a safe learning environment. Bridge exploits this right for profit, and in the process delivers a sub-standard education that deepens inequality in the communities it ‘serves’. Pearson’s investment in this exploitative business model is wholly indefensible.”

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Both unions have a history of opposing the privatisation of education both nationally and internationally.

The National Education Union was joined at the demonstration by Education International, the global teacher trade union federation representing more than 32 million educators, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).


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NEU comment on Damian Hinds’ speech

Commenting on the Education Secretary’s speech, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Whilst a clarification of the differing roles of Regional Schools Commissioners and Ofsted in school accountability is useful, and schools will welcome this clarity, it isn’t enough. Overlapping and confused accountabilities are one problem – and this goes some way to address this. But even when RSCs and Ofsted have got back in their respective boxes, the high-stakes nature of school accountability, based on measures including progress 8 which discriminate against schools educating disadvantaged pupils, remains.

We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to supporting our newest teachers, through focused training and mentoring. His guarantee of the needed funding to deliver this additional work in schools recognises that recruitment and retention of teachers is a vital investment for this government, particularly in light of the teacher supply crisis. Sabbaticals are a good route for professional development for some, but it mustn’t divert attention away from the need for a career-long programme of training for all.

The National Education Union has told the Government that additional time and funding for development, rather than tinkering with the timing of the teacher qualification, is key to making the profession more attractive and it is right that Ministers have listened. We’ve some way to go, with the outstanding school funding and workload challenges to face, but today’s announcement is a start and a win for professional judgement.”


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Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, comments on plans announced today by Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education.

“Education in our country is facing real problems – mental health issues for our children, a growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis, and huge funding cuts. This Government seems to have no idea how to tackle these problems and is simply recycling its same old failed policies.

“The grammar school corpse has climbed out of its coffin once again despite evidence of the damage that selective education causes. Once prior attainment and pupil background is taken into account, research shows there is no overall attainment impact of grammar schools, either positive or negative. (1) Furthermore, the attainment of grammar school pupils comes at the expense of those who don’t pass their 11-plus, with pupil attainment at secondary moderns in areas with a selective education system lower than that of their counterparts in comprehensive schools. (2)   Selective education systems are also linked with greater inequality in social outcomes later in life. (3)

“In the face of such overwhelming evidence, it therefore beggars belief that the Government has announced it will plough £50 million to expand the number of places at existing selective grammar schools.  Schools up and down the country are desperately short of funds. This is money that would be better invested in ensuring all schools could provide for the basic needs of their pupils without having to ask for money from parents.

“Expanding the number of unaccountable free schools will not solve the school place shortage. Instead, Government must return powers and funding to local authorities to enable them to plan and manage school places in a rational and cost-effective way. Schools must be accountable to communities, this is the only way we can avoid the academic and governance failures and school closures that have characterised the free schools programme to date.

“The retention of the 50% cap on faith admissions to free schools is welcome. While some parents may welcome the expansion of voluntary-aided faith schools, the Government should not confine plans to open new schools to this route. Many communities need new schools to cope with rising demand and taxpayer funded capital funding should be available to meet local need across the board. Local authorities are best placed to consult communities and determine the appropriate provision in their area.

“The experience of universities and independent schools working with the state sector to raise attainment has not been a positive one to date. This is another ideologically-driven initiative that lacks an evidence base to support it. The funding for this new ‘dedicated unit’ to promote such partnerships should be diverted instead to state schools which are crying out for the funding they need to educate their pupils and students.”



Editor’s Notes

1. Rebecca Johnes, Jo Hutchinson and Jon Andrews (September 2016), Grammar Schools And Social Mobility, Education Policy Institute. Summary available here:  Full report available at:

2. Freddie Whittaker (25 July 2016), ‘Fact-check: Do the arguments for new grammar schools stack up?’ Schools Week,

3. OECD (2016), Equations and Inequalities – Making Mathematics Accessible to All, OECD Publishing, Paris. p. 90.

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We want to start building up a list of schools where NEU members express their opposition to Baseline Testing and say that they do not want their school to take part in the 2019 pilot tests.


Please discuss this motion in your school group and inform the local NUT Office if you have passed it


This school group notes the government’s intention to replace KS1 SATs with a new Baseline test within the first few weeks of statutory schooling in Reception.

We note the following:

  • that the sole purpose of Baseline is not to support children in Reception, but to provide data by which schools can be held accountable seven years later at KS2.
  • Baseline tests were abandoned in 2015 as they were found to be unworkable. This followed a campaign of ‘4 too young to test’ and ‘Better without Baseline’.
  • Comments from previous providers, especially Early Excellence, who provided the greater part of Baseline Assessment in 2015, which describe the current proposal as “ideological and inept”.

We believe that the new plan to introduce a baseline, beginning with a voluntary pilot in 2019, is as wrong and flawed as it was in previous attempts.

This time there is no attempt to use an observation-based model and it will be a test overseen by the teacher or support staff.

We believe that this test will disrupt the settling-in process and place a workload burden on these teachers at the start of the year.

We welcome the decision of the NUT Conference to launch a high-profile campaign against Baseline testing and to link this to campaign against SATs.

We believe that if enough schools refuse to take part in the voluntary pilot in 2019 it will force the government to rethink its proposal.

We therefore agree to:

  1. i) ask our headteacher and governors to refuse to take part in the           Baseline pilot in 2019;
  2. ii) support and publicise the More Than A Score campaign.


School Name:  _____________________________________


Date of meeting:  ___________________________________


Number of members present:  ________________________



Once your school group has passed this motion please email .

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