City of Leicester Teachers' Association

5th October

Don't Work at Fullhurst!

Before the summer holiday, Fullhurst Community College 'consulted' unions on the introduction of a probationary period for all teachers that it employs. This means that all new employees are required to complete 6 months (26 weeks) satisfactory probationary service before their appointment is confirmed. There are reduced rights for probationary teachers regarding capability and disciplinary actions. Why would a teacher with a permanent contract at a school give that up for what amounts to a temporary contract at another school? We are unaware of any other school in Leicester having a policy of this nature.

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5th October

Guidance to members on Examinations and Assessments

Scrutiny of teachers' work is constant. Over recent years Leicester NUT has dealt with a number of examples of situations where members were investigated over malpractice in the conduct of examinations or assessments, especially controlled assessments. These were under school disciplinary procedures and could have led to dismissal. We have also been made aware of circumstances where a member of staff was verbally invited by a manager to offer greater levels of help to students/ pupils than the regulations permit.

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5th October

The National Education Union and School NEU Representatives

One of the benefits that is hoped will come from the merger of the NUT with ATL is an increase in membership, including staff in school who are not teachers. On that basis, it seems important to ensure that there is at least one, but preferably two or three, school based representatives. Ideally, there would be an NUT section rep, an ATL section rep (perhaps a member of support staff) and a Health and Safety rep. All reps are entitled to attend training which will be provided by the NEU. For more information about becoming a rep and the training provided, contact the local office on 2555311 or email the secretary, Joseph Wyglendacz.

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5th October

Health & Safety Matters: Mobile Classrooms, Risk Assessments

'Mobile' Classrooms

The recent growth in the school population has meant that many schools have had to find new teaching areas to cope with increased student numbers. One solution to this has been the reintroduction of mobile classrooms - sorry, Temporary Modular Buildings.

While it is undoubtedly true that modern mobiles are much better constructed than their predecessors, there are inherent problems in their use, eg:

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5th October

Trades Union Congress, September 2017

Brighton welcomed the first NEU delegation to TUC Congress with a very windy but sunny start on Sunday. How the weather was to change!

NUT and ATL section delegations met separately to consider the recommendations of their Executives regarding attitudes to motions and composites. At what may have been the first meeting of lay officers, executive members and staff, from both NUT and ATL, delegates met to consider the NEU response to motions and composited motions. There were differences on only two motions: Worker Representation and NHS Breast Screening. After a well argued, reasoned debate and discussion, agreement on our voting on these motions was reached. This was to set the tone for meetings of delegates on the conference floor, to decide on emergency motions and late composited motions.

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5th September

Everybody's Reading 2017

This is the eighth year of the Everybody's Reading festival. When we began in 2010 our aim was to create something unique. We didn't want to set up yet another literary festival that stayed confined to a few venues in the city centre. Instead we wanted to create something more diverse and dynamic: a community reading festival that took place all over the city, in libraries, coffee shops, pubs and neighbourhood centres and offered something for everyone. We wanted reading to be central to the daily life in the city because literacy opens doors. Doors in the imagination; doors to employment. Over the last 8 years we have seen this vision blossom. We established sharing libraries in several pubs and then saw this copied by a host of other shops, cafes and bars. This year most of the Festival events were organised by groups from our local communities who share our passion for reading. Welcome to Everybody's Reading Festival 2017. This is your festival.
Peter Flack, Chair of Everybody's Reading

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8th October

Leicester Pride 2017

Joseph, Glenys, Jane, Peter, Ian and Clare outside the park.
Joseph, Glenys, Jane, Peter, Ian and Clare outside the park.
Filbert Fox joining us on New Walk.
Filbert Fox joining us on New Walk.

Leicester NUT members joined the colourful and vibrant Leicester LGBT Pride parade through the city centre to Victoria Park on 2nd September.

1st September

The National Education Union

From 1st September 2017, The National Education Union comes into existence. This new union is formed from The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Until January 2019, local branches of the NUT and ATL will continue to operate as before and so existing NUT members will continue to be supported by local NUT officers. New members, including all education workers, will join the NEU, but will also be supported by local NUT or ATL officers. If you need support, in the first instance contact the NUT adviceline on 0203 006 6266.

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