I've just got home from a Milton Keynes NUT meeting where there was strong support for the proposals to form a new Union with ATL. Among the positives raised were the increased strength a new Union would have, impacting positively on its ability to represent new and existing members, and the benefits of having support staff, as well as teachers and lecturers in the Union.
As one member said, we need a united education workforce if we are to protect our education system against the attacks of this government - uniting in a single union will help us to do this.
Members also discussed government plans to reintroduce selective education to much of the country through the creation of new grammar and secondary modern schools, and the impact this could have in Milton Keynes. They began to develop plans to oppose the reintroduction of selection locally.