NEU-NUT Section Annual Conference 2018

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.

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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.

Conference 2018

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NUT Conference Press Releases 2018

NUT Conference Press Releases 2018

General Secretary speech

3 April 2018

General Secretary Kevin Courtney's speech to annual conference 2018.

Download full speech here.

Rural Schools

3 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 24, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Rural schools are increasingly under threat. The Government’s real terms cuts to per pupil funding mean that many rural schools are struggling to survive. The resources that these schools need haven’t been properly assessed.

Greater London Pay

3 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 29, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Teachers in many parts of the country are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to buy their own homes, but, as the motion recognises, these problems are greatest in the London area where most teachers cannot now expect to buy a home in the area where they work. 

Resistance in Latin America

3 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 59, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The people and educators of Latin America are currently facing unprecedented challenges. From mass privatisation in Chile to human rights abuses in Mexico and Colombia, as well as international sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, the situation for students and teachers in the region has rarely been more difficult.

The Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award

3 April 2018

The Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award was established to recognise National Union of Teachers members and groups of members who have made outstanding contributions to international solidarity. It seeks to foster and celebrate work done on the global stage at association/division/school level across England and Wales.

Call for Action on Gun Control in United States

2 April 2018

Today at its Annual Conference, the National Education Union – NUT Section joined the call for action on gun control in the United States. This comes in the wake of the school shooting on 14 February in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

Workload

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 35, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Supply Teachers’ Employment

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 34, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Baseline Testing and Bold Beginnings

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 47, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

The Fred & Anne Jarvis Award

2 April 2018

This year’s Fred & Anne Jarvis Award has been given to journalist and independent blogger Warwick Mansell.

Use of Data to Set Target Grades for Students

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 23, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

A Child-Centred Curriculum and Pedagogy

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 22, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Education and Social Justice

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 44, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Secondary Curriculum and Assessment

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 45, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Speak Up for Libraries

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 15, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Excessive CEO Pay in Academies

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 14, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

Pay and Conditions for Teachers in Wales

2 April 2018

The NEU (NUT Section) has raised significant concerns regarding the consultation document issued on 9 March 2018 regarding the proposed mechanism for determining school teachers’ pay in Wales. (1)

It’s heart breaking! Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

2 April 2018

Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

Racism and Migration

1 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 43, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The NEU is deeply concerned about the growth in racism internationally, as witnessed in the elections in the United States, Germany and France, where openly racist organisations gained substantial ground.

Sexism and Harassment in Schools

1 April 2018

The NEU’s report It’s Just Everywhere showed that sexism and sexual harassment is widespread in schools. Over a third (37%) of girls at mixed-sex schools have been sexually harassed while at school. 64% of teachers in mixed-sex secondary schools hear sexist language in schools on at least a weekly basis and over a third (34%) of primary school teachers say they witness gender stereotyping in their schools on at least a weekly basis.

Uniting the Fight for LGBT+ Liberation with the Fight Against Islamophobia

1 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 41, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Working together to tackle Islamophobia in schools and communities and to safeguard existing rights and protections is Union work. Working to reduce intolerance and to advance LGBT+ rights, is also core to the Union’s efforts to make workplaces safer and society fairer.

Tackling Racism

1 April 2018 

The Race Disparity Audit, commissioned by the Government, lays bare the deep seated racial inequalities faced by Black people living in the UK today. The Audit showed that:

Support and Promotion of Disabled Education Staff and Disability Equality

1 April 2018 

Commenting after the debate on Motion 39, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Disabled teachers should have the right to succeed in teaching alongside their peers. It is important we translate rights into reality for the thousands of teachers with mental or physical health conditions. Many teachers become disabled during their careers, and too many are lost to the profession, taking their experience, commitment and passion for their subject with them.

Ofsted comments about the wearing of the hijab in schools

1 April 2018

Commenting after the debate of the priority motion, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The National Education Union (NEU) believes in a system of comprehensive education in which schools are welcoming and inclusive for all students.  Schools play an important role in educating individuals to challenge prejudice and contribute to a future of greater social justice. They are at the forefront of leading by example in the promotion of respect, acceptance, equality and inclusion.

Special Educational Needs funding in crisis

1 April 2018

The National Education Union (NEU) is today publishing data from Government and local authorities showing the impact of the Government’s funding cuts on students with the greatest educational needs. The cuts are hitting support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Children facing some of the greatest challenges are paying the price for the crisis in education funding.

NEU survey shows workload causing 80% of teachers to consider leaving the profession

1 April 2018

Initial findings from the latest NEU workload survey, of 8,173 members, which are being published today (Sunday) at the NEU NUT Section Conference in Brighton, shows the continuing scale of the workload problem facing teachers and the impact this is having on their willingness to stay in the profession.

NUT Representative and Officer of the Year Awards

31 March 2018

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, today presented awards to the Representatives and Officers of the Year for 2017/18. These awards recognise the hard work of reps and officers at every level of the Union.

Fair Pay for Teachers

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 28, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Today’s resolution and debate underlines the seriousness of the teacher recruitment and retention issue facing the Government.

A National Education Service

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 21, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“All children and young people have a right to a high quality education. Education is central to the personal development and health of young people. It encourages them to think and acquire knowledge and enables young people to make sense of and contribute to society.

Crisis in Young People’s Mental Health

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 20, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The NEU considers some of the greatest barriers to good mental health care for children and young people to be inadequate funding, cuts to services, a lack of school capacity, and Government education policies that undermine inclusion. 

The Blair Peach Award

31 March 2018

Lorraine Hunte is the winner of this year’s Blair Peach Award.

The Housing Crisis

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 13, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The exorbitant cost of housing in many parts of the country is making it impossible for people to live near their workplaces or stay close to family. It is forcing many to leave the place they called home.  

School Funding

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 12, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Funding is having a devastating impact on school and pupils. £2.8bn has been lost from budgets since 2015, resulting in 91% of schools facing real-terms budget cuts. This is simply unsustainable. 

Academies, MATs, Re-broker, Rebrand or Renationalise

31 March 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 11, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“Since 2010 the Coalition and Conservative Governments have pursued a reckless and evidence-free policy of academisation of schools. It has resulted in a fragmented school landscape in which over 7,000 taxpayer-funded academies and free schools operate outside the framework of the local authority maintained school system, unaccountable to either parents or local communities. (1)

School Funding Crisis

31 March 2018

The latest NEU survey of 900 members in local authority schools and academies paints a bleak picture about the state of school funding in our schools.

Solidarity with Kenya National Union of Teachers

30 March 2018

Today at its Annual Conference the National Education Union – NUT Section expressed its solidarity with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and its Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

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