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Save West Gate School!

19th November

On Thursday 25th November there is a rally to demand that Leicester City Council save West Gate School from academisation. Join us at 4.30pm outside City Hall!

National NEU Elections

5th November

The election for the Deputy General Secretary closed at midday on 29 October 2021 and Niamh Sweeney was duly elected.

Nominations are now open for two Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Membership & Equalities Officer. The NEU website has the timetable.

You can download candidates' letters seeking nominations from districts on our Documents page.

Hands off West Gate!

30th October

Following an Ofsted inspection in 2018, West Gate School was given an academy order. Since then, the proposed sponsor has withdrawn, and an Ofsted inspection before the summer holidays graded the school as good. This means that the staff, leadership team, governing body and local authority have turned the school around in 3 years, in the middle of a global pandemic. It's an insult to the hard work of all those people that the DfE are still pressing ahead with a forced academisation and are proposing a new sponsor based in Yorkshire with a single failing secondary school. It is unclear how academising the school would benefit it or its pupils. The Chair of Governors has written to the Regional Schools' Commissioner to request the revocation of the academy order. The NEU has written to the new Secretary of State for Education requesting the same. We will work with members, other unions, the head and the governing body to oppose the forced academisation of West Gate.

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Leicester Pride 2021

30th October

After missing a year due to the pandemic, Pride was back and as fabulous as ever!
City of Leicester NEU joined the march from Curve to Victoria Park with banners and
flags, and some of us stayed to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy Pride.

October's City Educationalist

30th October

You can download October's newsletter here.

Stephen Lawrence Network Meeting

30th October

On a rainy Leicester half term our Leicester Black Teachers Network (COVID secure) met at The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre to discuss:

• The use of Stephen Lawrence Ambassadors in Secondary Schools as led by Natasha Boyce at the Life Academy Trust.
• How The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre can support teachers led by Sherilyn Pereira at The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre.
• How we continue to use the NEU Antiracist Charter in schools, and do we encourage schools to adopt a Black Curriculum led by Camille London- Miyo OBE - Leicester City NEU Equalities Officer.

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New local NEU offices

30th October

You might have noticed that the local NEU office has moved. Our new address is 7-9 Every Street, Leicester LE1 6BF. At present, there's no phone line, so please continue to contact officers by email.

On 3rd September we held a combined office welcome party and thanks to our reps, who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic. Drinks flowed, the jazz band played, and bellies were full of delicious food from Mitthaas (Narborough Road) and Divine Cuisine (Birmingham). Here are a few photos from the night.

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Youth Fight For Jobs Rally

30th October

This demonstration in Leicester on 9th October was part of a national relaunch of the campaign. Youth Fights for Jobs seeks to push the government into actively focusing on sustainable, valued employment which isn't low paid, zero hours, temporary or limited in scope. Although small, it was uplifting to see young activists organising and communicating with the Saturday afternoon shoppers. This is a campaign the NEU needs to support and promote.

What was I doing there as an official oldie? I spoke and sent solidarity on behalf of the NEU and LDTUC.

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Meetings and events

Wednesday 1st December 2021
District Meeting

Friday 10th December 2021
Committee Social

Wednesday 12th January 2022
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 26th January 2022
District Meeting

Wednesday 9th February 2022
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 9th March 2022
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 16th March 2022
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 30th March 2022
District Meeting

Wednesday 27th April 2022
Committee Meeting

Wednesday 11th May 2022
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