As you are possibly aware, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1st Sixth Form College and Regent College have now merged under the WQE name. This means that some staff are employed under WQE terms and conditions while some 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 includes the procedure to be used in the event of a restructuring of posts within the college, as well as arrangements should redundancies be proposed. You may know that if a teacher in a Leicester School is made redundant, they will receive a redundancy payment based on their actual salary. Also, should they lose a TLR, their salary is protected for three years. The first draft of the proposed policy suggested using statutory rather than actual pay (albeit enhanced by 20%) and safeguarding for only six months rather than three years.
In August 2017 a new head teacher was appointed at Abbey Primary School. By the October half term, Leicester NUT officers had more than six pieces of casework and other staff concerns which were subsequently raised with the LA. Leicester NUT Officers supported members through their concerns, stresses, a disciplinary case, and a collective grievance against the head. After meetings with the head, governors and LA, nothing changed, and so an indicative ballot for action was held in June 2018. The dispute centred around:
Over the last few years, educators working in the field of hospital education have been working hard to form this new national association and host its inaugural conference. Your first question about this might well be 'What is hospital education?' Even if a child is too ill to attend school, or has been in hospital longer than fifteen days, they have a statutory entitlement to education. This right was enshrined in 2000 as part of the Access to Education document, as well as section 19 of the Education Act.