At the start of the school year every teacher should receive the following documents from their school:
Your salary statement — this should state where you are on the main salary this should state where you are on the main salaryscale, where you are on UPS, the value of any TLRs you may hold and your overall salary. If you don't receive incremental progression up the main pay scale or upper pay spine, we strongly urge you to appeal. A local officer or your school NEU rep can support you in this.
The NEU's formal ballot of teacher and support staff members in the sixth form colleges sector opened on 10th June. The ballot is for discontinuous strike action during the autumn and spring terms, as part of a dispute with the Secretary of State on pay, conditions and employment. It is being held in parallel to the union's campaign on sixth form college funding. The ballot will close in September.
Sixth Form College Members - Sixth Form College Members - Vote Yes in the ballot!
Date: 15th to 17th November 2019
Venue: Mercure Manchester Hotel
This year, one of the largest conferences celebrating Black educational staff will be in Manchester, where the legacy of Black Trade Unionism is rich, varied and long.
This conference offers the unique opportunity to engage and network with other Black members. There will be a series of workshops, stalls, and plenaries which will focus on topics pertaining to Black liberation and self-organisation. The Black Educators' Conference is empowered to submit one motion, selected by majority vote, to NEU Annual Conference. Districts, branches and individual NEU members attending as delegates, and the National Executive can submit motions to the Black Teachers' Conference.
It seems quite common now for support staff to be asked to cover lessons. However, academy funding agreements stipulate that qualified teachers should be employed, and the 2003/2009 Workload Agreements stipulate that support staff should
rarely cover. ALL schools MUST have a cover policy in place (WAMG note 22). The National Joint Council (NJC) national profiles recommend that, in a four-tier career structure, cover supervision is a level 3 activity. Specified work, however, is a level 4 (HLTA) activity. There is significant evidence that in primary and special needs schools cover supervision quickly becomes specified work. It is appropriate, therefore, that support staff deployed to provide cover which involves specified work should be trained to HLTA/ level 4 and their pay and grading should reflect this.
Belonging to the NEU is not just a way to get involved in campaigning and affecting change in education. Neither is it just an insurance policy when things go wrong. The union is run by members, for members.
You can take part in local meetings and/or conferences, attend a wide range of training, and give or receive support at work. You'll receive a copy of the national magazine, Educate, and the local newsletter, City Educationalist, so you can keep in touch with local and national news and events. If you provide your email address, you'll get updates on training and campaigns. There are a host of other benefits too!