In March 2018, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st Sixth Form College and Regent College merged under the WQE name. This means that some staff are now employed under WQE terms and conditions while others are employed under old Regent College conditions. Clearly, policies need harmonising and the NEU's aim is to ensure that staff's terms and conditions are harmonised up rather than down.
In September, management at WQE produced the first draft of a Reorganisation Policy. This included the procedure to be used in the event of a restructuring of posts within the college, as well as arrangements should redundancies be proposed. The first draft of the proposed policy suggested using statutory rather than actual pay (albeit enhanced by 20%) and salary safeguarding for only six months rather than three years.
The first ever City of Leicester NEU District's annual general meeting took place on 16th January. Camille London-Miyo was inaugurated as our President from January 2019 to Summer 2020.
You can see a list of our officers and committee members here. Following the AGM there were reports back from the Annual Black Teachers' Conference and from the four Leicester delegates to the NEU delegation to Cuba.
Without fail, every single school that has converted into an academy has told the staff that they have nothing to fear, that nothing will change for them, and that their terms and conditions will remain the same. Almost without fail, this has turned out to be untrue. Take for example Rushey Mead Educational Trust (RMET), formed when Rushey Mead Secondary School became an academy in 2015. The Local Authority (LA) Policy has the following section in it regarding providing support for a teacher experiencing difficulties: