THE CAREER TEACHERS ORGANISATION Autumn 2005 Newsletter
To All Islington Teachers,
Welcome back after the Summer and I hope that you had an enjoyable break.
We had a bit of a journalistic scoop over the Summer. For some time, we have been concerned that some groups of teachers have a higher likelihood of being failed their threshold application than others. While most teachers will pass through successfully (nearly 95%) some groups are three or four times as likely to be failed. The information was published in the Guardian on 3/8/05 and can be accessed online.
We are going to change the style of the meetings in Islington. Rather than follow a traditional agenda, there will be a presentation on one major issue, possibly with a visiting speaker, hopefully on a topical, relevant subject. We will still keep some time for formal agenda items, so we remain part of the democratic life of the union, but we will change the emphasis somewhat. the first topic will be to inform members what (should) happen if an allegation is made against you by a student.
One aim of such a meeting, apart from raising awareness amongst teachers, is, if members are sufficiently concerned, to find issues to take to our national conference to try and make local issues national policy. It sounds unlikely written down, but it is the way the system works, so this coming meeting is the opportunity to suggest conference motions.
One item that has led to occasional casework is where people are not aware whether they have had unsuccessful performance management and have not received their annual pay increment (biannual for UPS). It sounds unlikely, but particularly where teachers have changed schools it does happen. We would encourage all staff to ask for their salary assessment in writing. Legally you should receive it as a matter of course every September.
Autumn General Meeting
"What happens if a child makes
an allegation against you ?"
Date: Thursday 20th October 2005
Venue: Greater London Regional Centre
65 St Johns Street, Farringdon
Your new Islington Officers are:
Peter Simkins Acting President
Greg Robbins Secretary
Richard Cloudesley School, Golden Lane
020 7251 1161 email@example.com
Jason Stephenson Treasurer
Sue Bush Lifelong Learning
St Andrews CE School
Justin Stephenson Health and Safety
This is something that all schools must do this term. There is no option, whether changes were last made this Summer or last century.
It is our only opportunity to be involved in changing the ethos of the education sector.
All staff must be consulted, including their trade unions. The review includes all staff, not just teachers. A select panel of staff to consult with is not sufficient
Stages of the Process:
To support members a course run during the Summer term is being re-run locally. The course is half a day and members should be able to have time out of school to do this. If there is a question mark over whether you can come, contact Greg Robbins, your local secretary.
London Regional Centre
65 St Johns Street, Farringdon
Wednesday 12th October
There will 2 sessions during the day :
AM 10.30 to 12.30
PM 1.30 to 3.30
With lunch provided at the end or at the beginning of each session.
Within Islington, we are arranging a series of meetings in schools. Each secondary school ill have (at least) one meeting. The primary schools have been arranged into eight groups. This is so we can arrange meetings to cover a number of schools.
There will also be one meeting for special schools and PRUs.
If you or your school rep have not already been contacted to arrange these meetings, contact Greg Robbins who will tell you who is organising your group (primary) or when the meeting will be (secondary & special).
The primary schools are shown on the map as follows:
ST JOSEPHS RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Hargrave Park School
ST JOHNS UPPER HOLLOWAY CE
YERBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL
CHRIST THE KING PRIMARY
ST MARKS CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
POOLES PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
MONTEM JUNIOR SCHOOL
GRAFTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
AMBLER PRIMARY SCHOOL
St John's (Highbury Vale) CE
ST JOAN OF ARC RC SCHOOL
NEWINGTON GREEN PRIMARY SCH
ST JUDES C OF E SCHOOL
DRAYTON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
ST MARY MAGDALENE CE SCHOOL
Tufnell Park School
Robert Blair School
Sacred Heart RC School
LAYCOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL
CANONBURY JUNIOR SCHOOL
WILLIAM TYNDALE PRIM SCHOOL
ROTHERFIELD PRIMARY. SCHOOL
St Mary's Islington
New North Community School
|NASUWT LIFELONG LEARNING
In the last Islington Association newsletter some of the free learning opportunities that are available in London were highlighted. Since then two Islington members have signed up to be Learning Reps and hopefully will receive their training this term. Why not ask at your school who the NASUWT Learning Rep is and if you don't have one why not volunteer.
In this shorter newsletter article there are some reminders of the free learning opportunities that are offered by Gresham College in central London. Also there are the dates of training courses that will be held at the new London Regional Centre in Farringdon over the next term. If you are a Rep but haven't received any training then why not come along. Alternatively if you are interested in any of these courses contact your Local Secretary or the Regional Centre.
Lectures at Gresham College
Gresham College is an independent institution offering free public lectures in the City of London. The College is situated at Barnard's Inn Hall close to Chancery Lane Tube station.
Evening Lectures in September and October:
Mon 19 Sept at 6pm Danish Fairy Tales? From Andersen and the Copenhagen consensus to a theory of commerce Prof. Michael Mainelli.
Tues 20 Sept at 6pm Alternative electoral systems Prof. Vernon Bogdanor.
Wed 28 Sept at 6pm Leadership and change: Prime Ministers in the post-war world Churchill Prof. Vernon Bogdanor.
Wed 5 Oct at 6pm Who invented Algebra? Prof. Robin Wilson.
Thurs 6 Oct at 6pm How vital is motivation in our lives? Prof. Raj Persaud.
Mon 10 Oct at 6pm India: The Jewel in the Crown Prof. Kathleen Burk
Tues 25 Oct at 6pm - Modernising Parliament: Reforming the House of Commons Prof. Vernon Bogdanor.
Wed 26 Oct at 6pm Who invented the equals sign? Prof. Robin Wilson.
Thurs 27 Oct at 6pm Leadership and change: Atlee Dr Paul Addison, repsonse from Prof. Peter Hennessy.
For more details have a look at www.gresham.ac.uk.
NASUWT Greater London Regional Centre offers a number of courses each term run at the new Regional Centre in Farringdon. These courses can range from training for NASUWT Reps to courses that contribute to your professional development. Contact the Regional Centre for more details.
The following courses are on offer this term:
Working Together Stage 1. Fri 7 and Mon 10 Oct. A two day course that is the first step on the ladder to becoming a more effective NASUWT School Rep.
Health & Safety Reps Stage 1. Mon 19 Sept and Mon 5 Dec. A two day course that is essential for those are or about to become NASUWT Health and Safety Rep.
Learning Reps Stage 1. Mon 17 and Tues 18 Oct. A two day course to equip Learning Reps with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to carry out their role.
Principles of Coaching within the workforce. Mon 3 and Tues 4 Oct. A new NASUWT course covering the principles of coaching and would suit any members who wish to develop a range of skills.
Overcoming difficulties as an Overseas Trained Teacher. Wed 5 Oct. Another new NASUWT aimed at Overseas Trained Teachers who are teaching or want to teach in the UK.
Power and Partnership (School Governors). Mon 21 and Tues 22 Nov. The course is open to any NASUWT member who is a governor of a school and gives the opportunity to learn how the law applies to school governing bodies and how to operate
NASUWT is committed to its members' lifelong learning and the appointment of a Learning Rep in every school where there is an NASUWT member.
A Learning Rep can help to organise all sorts of courses and activities to contribute to NASUWT members' personal and professional development.
If you would like to find out more about getting involved and becoming a Union Leaning Rep contact Stuart Darke, the Learning Organiser for Greater London, on 07752 668423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ST ANDREWS (BARNSBURY) CE
VITTORIA PRIMARY SCHOOL
BLESSED SACRAMENT PRIM SCH
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCH
HANOVER PRIMARY SCHOOL
CLERKENWELL PAROCHIAL CE
Hugh Myddleton School
MORELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
PRIOR WESTON PRIMARY SCH
SS PETER AND PAUL RC PRIMARY SCH
St Lukas CE
RICHARD CLOUDESLEY SPECIAL SCHOOL
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