Leicester District
National Education Union

9th October 2018

National Education Union National Executive Member Elections

You will shortly be receiving ballot papers for the election of National Executive members. There will be four executive members elected from our region and we urge you to use your vote and to vote for Leicester NUT Assistant Secretary, Jenny Day, Nottingham NUT Secretary, Sheena Wheatley, and Nottinghamshire NUT Secretary, Rob Illingworth.

Vote Jenny Day

Jenny Day

I have been a NUT member since teacher training college, qualifying as a Drama and P.E teacher and adding P.H.S.E., Citizenship and Careers during my career. I taught in Leicester for 32 years in secondary schools in the west of the city.

As school representative, when I recruited new members, negotiated with heads and supported members, I began to be active locally. This activity and attendance at meetings progressed to my being on our local committee and I have been Assistant Secretary for 7 years.

I have experience of diverse types of casework, representation on negotiating and consultative bodies with our local authority, organising strike rallies and marches in Leicester, and have attended conference many times, speaking to motions on Pay and Conditions, Women's Representation in the union and professional unity. I attend our Regional Council, have been its chair, and represented the area as an NUT delegate to TUC in September 2017. I am an active member, with the support of my association, and chair of the Education Solidarity Network (formally LANAC).

With so much that is wrong in the current toxic education system, never has there been a more appropriate time for the NEU to have clear, active policy and strategy for education for everyone in schools. The NEU can and must make a real, sustained and rapid difference in schools, locally and nationally, for education workers and children, up to and including national action. A prescriptive, ever changing, test driven curriculum, over worked and underpaid teachers who are leaving the profession in droves, school funding and galloping privatisation, are issues to be tackled collectively, strategically and publically. 2019 Conference decisions need to reflect the urgent, rapid requirement for a strategy, change and action with full, efficient implementation. We need to work together, strongly unified, and challenge this system head on.

Vote Sheena Wheatley

Sheena Wheatley

I am standing as a candidate in the upcoming National Executive Election for 2019-2021 to represent District 3.

I have been a teacher and NUT activist for 30 years and have been the Divisional Secretary for Nottingham City since 2008. I am an experienced caseworker and campaigner and I have represented Nottingham City at conference a number of times. I have experience as the main negotiator for our Division with the LA and academy chains. I am an active member of the Regional Executive and Regional Council and have been vice chair and chair since 2016. I have lead on the Fair Workload Charter in Nottingham City, working with and supporting colleagues in developing a response to the unsustainable workload and am part of the national union's workload group.

I am committed to equalities for all members and have supported members to participate in the National Organising Fora. It has always been my focus to raise the confidence and participation of members in the union and I have sought to give a voice to the members, so they can take effective action, whilst not being afraid to take a lead. I am in favour of a broad based curriculum and the development of the joy of learning and against a narrow test based approach to learning.

I believe I have the skills and experience to contribute to the development of our new union and I hope you will consider voting for me.