The NUT section of the National Education Union held its Annual Conference in Brighton on 30 March to 3 April 2018, where delegates discussed the issues that matter most to members.
The ATL section held its conference on 9 to 11 April.
Motions which have been passed at both conferences which relate to all National Education Union members will be referred to the Joint Executive Council of the National Education Union for implementation.
This is the last year of the NUT section and the ATL section conferences. From spring 2019, there will be one National Education Union Annual Conference.
Delegates viewed a short film on the history of the National Union of Teachers on the last day of conference.
The NUT and the struggle for education 1870 -2017 is the story of millions of teachers who have made an invaluable contributi on to improving the life chances of successive generations of children. It tells how a union which shaped education was itself moulded by decisions of government, acts of parliament, daily experience of teaching in the classroom and a relentless struggle for “the elevation of the teacher … and the progress of civilisation. Early on, the NUT established values and a sense of purpose that withstood 147 years of challenge. It is the union which opposed corporal punishment, put the child at the centre of learning, fought for equal pay for women and was an active agent in the great education acts which transformed Britain, some for the better, others not. Equality, internationalism and the idea that education is provided by a democratically accountable public sector, shape its core principles.
Education and the NUT do no run in parallel but intersect in so many ways, whenever a teacher teaches, or members combine to defend their rights. It is the members who make history. This is the members’ story.