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The 126th Edition for all Plymouth Teachers January 2017

The NUT and ATL held special conferences in Happy New
November at which delegates welcomed the Year!
progress made in negotiations to form a new
union. The conferences endorsed the rules of the
new union, to be called the National Education
Union. This decision will now be put to the
members of both unions for approval in ballots to
be held during the spring term—probably in
We have advocated professional unity for many years,
and this is a big step towards realising our goal of a strong unified
profession and a powerful union which would be a significant force for
teachers, education and the trade union movement.
The new union would have almost half a million members. We have an open
invitation to all other teachers' unions to come and talk about setting up the new
union for a more effective and efficient means of representing the profession.
This is a great opportunity to create a union ready to meet the current challenges.
Our two unions are financially secure with growing memberships – the NUT is the
largest teachers’ union in the UK and the ATL has strong numbers of teachers,
lecturers, support staff and other education professionals. Together
we represent the majority of all teachers and provide a formidable
voice for education professionals.
What will it cost to join? At the point when we start operating as a new
union, no ATL or NUT member will pay a higher subs rate than they were
paying before that date. If members vote positively to form the new union, it will be
created on 1st September 2017. Our two organisations will continue to run on as now, but with ever closer
relationships until we completely join together in the early 2020s.
NUT members keen to find out more and to ask questions about the new union are invited to
attend the General Meeting on Thursday 12th January at The Future Inn at 5pm—see page 4 for

The NUT—the largest teachers’ organisation in Europe
independent of government and not affiliated to any political party
Primary Assessment
Justine Greening has announced a number of
changes to the arrangements for SATs in 2017.
The NUT view, and the view of members, is that
these do not go anywhere near far enough to meet
our concerns.
The government is organising some roadshows
this term as part of a consultation on assessment Funding
and we will be organising some activities around Schools are already struggling to settle their
these. budgets as a result of the 8% increased costs
The NUT is calling for the 2017 tests to be imposed by the government. Across the country we
cancelled and for a full review of primary are seeing class sizes going up, support staff being
assessment and accountability. cut, some courses and extra tuition being stopped
We are working with an impressive range of and more.
organisations on a campaign called More Than A Although there was little mention of education in the
Score which is getting a lot of publicity and which autumn budget, the government will soon publish
held a very successful conference in December. proposals on funding, which are likely to see all
Please visit schools facing even more cuts. Please visit
which has some good campaigning to see the NUT
projections on how cuts are affecting individual
videos and resources. Show them to
schools and to e-mail your MP.
colleagues in your school!

Retired Teachers
All Plymouth retired teachers are invited to come along and enjoy the next retired teachers event. Please
get in touch with me for more information. Partners welcome! If you’re experiencing transport problems
then please tell me and we will endeavour to arrange free travel. See you there!
Stephanie Steer (Retired Teacher Rep) 01822 612405
We held a very successful Xmas lunch in December—see a picture on our website!
Future Dates for you Diary - Thursday 2nd Feb 2017—Plymouth Gin Distillery—1130 tour with
lunch at Tanners afterwards. The tour costs £7 and lasts 40 mins. Max 20 per tour so book early!
Confirmations needed by 25th January. Tuesday 4th or 11th April TR2 Backstage tour (2pm) at
Cattedown PL4 OSJ with cream tea afterwards. The tour is £7. Tour and cream tea £10 Monday
3rd July Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Tour 1000 to 1200 (PL1 4HG). Lunch location will be
decided later. Free parking on site. For security reasons confirmation required 10 days before.
Directions and bus details nearer the time. Let me know if you have any further ideas! Contact
details for Steph above.

Elected a new rep? Send an email to Rob
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Then and now…

Millbay Park displays tank no: ‘454’ 100 years
ago—replaced today by a rubbish bin...

Government priorities must change in 2017
As 2017 begins, the NUT continues to press the case that the government has the wrong priorities
for education.
The NUT priority campaigns on funding, workload and primary assessment highlight the areas that the
government needs to address urgently in 2017. These are the concerns of both parents and teachers and
are, in turn, leading to cuts in provision, problems in teacher recruitment and increased stress on children.
If we can work together on these and build support we can make the government change its priorities.
Tackling workload
Following the government's Workload Challenge survey in 2014, three independent groups were
established to report on, and suggest solutions to, unnecessary burdens associated with Marking,
Planning and Data Management.
We are encouraging school groups to discuss the reports to see how they can be used to make some
changes to policies in schools – you can download NUT summaries at
Posters covering the main recommendations, endorsed by the DfE, Ofsted and all associations
representing teachers, are being sent to all schools. Make sure they are displayed for all to see—not just
for NUT members! We included copies of the posters in September’s NUTshells (and see above right)

Moving on?
Are you moving house or changing schools?
Please go to,uk and
click on “Members and Reps” to amend your NUT
membership details
A member writes…
A brief
“I’m drowning in work stuff at synopses of
the moment—a new term only recent
brings dread. I have to blame education news
myself for always accepting
 One of the youngest
ever-greater demands on my
survivors of the RMS
time. There’s an expectation
(non-negotiable!) that teachers Titanic sinking became a
have to run clubs, do lunchtime teacher and taught at
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and hand them in for scrutiny (even  It’s estimated that today’s
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though we know no one reads them!), school leavers will have
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with photos, do double marking with before they retire
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different colours and suffer surprise  If there’s a school direct
observations…” or teach first teacher in
A terrible story—as read- your school—ask them to
ADVICE LINE ers will know, none of the join the NUT—it’s free!
things in his list should be
Your first point of contact suffered as they’re not re-
 ‘Under the radar’ young
carers are denied support
open from 0900 to 1900 quired and are outside
or recognition by
what STP&CD says. Clear
weekdays advice has been given by government
0203 0066 266 OfSTED and the  The move to increase
government. If this is your university tuition fees in school—get in touch England to £9 250 pa has
been launched - without
any announcement from
Plymouth NUT the DfE
General Meeting  Direct lobbying of parents
to contribute to the fund-
Thursday January 12th 2017 ing cuts in schools is be-
Future Inn Tavistock Road coming more common, but
not helpful in poorer areas
Plymouth PL6 5ZD of the country
Will robots be used to
Meeting starts at 5pm for 
mark homework by 2020?
about an hour  Only 6 of 152 local
authorities in England
Join us in the restaurant for a would fill the criteria for
meal at 6-30pm new grammar schools.
They are Solihull, Essex,
Agenda includes discussion North Yorkshire, Dorset,
Northamptonshire and
on the new union, prioritising North Somerset
Conference Motions and the  Have you checked the up-
dated school cuts for your
usual Q&A from the floor school? One Plymouth
Free Parking school is looking at a cut
of over £800 per pupil…
Please don’t forget a tin or  1 351 holiday fines made
last year in Plymouth
two for the Stonehouse Food  See our website for more
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