Friday 22 July 2016

New Leadership and Unity on the Horizon

A lot has happened over the past month - indeed so much that I don't seem to have had time to report on any of it! So I figured I would sit down now and catch up (although I'll leave out the KS2 production, pupil handover meetings and preparation for my Y5 class next year!):

  • Firstly, Kevin Courtney was elected General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. I was proud to support Kevin's campaign and to be a signatory to the letter of endorsement from current and past Executive members and National Officers. Kevin is not only a fantastic campaigner and leader but has a strategic vision for the union, and a vision for education which will be invaluable in guiding us over the next few years.
  • Secondly, our strike action on 5th July was a massive success, forcing the issue of school funding into the political mainstream and deepening both the engagement of our activists and our developing links with parents who are as horrified by what is being done to their children's education as we are. I will post a report of the strike day in Oxfordshire (which I attended) and put a hyperlink here.
  • Thirdly, Our Executive met on 20th and 21st July and took a number of important decisions which I shall report on separately, including plans for a campaign to ensure that the madness of primary assessment this year is never repeated (hyperlink to go here), developing the next steps for our campaign of action over school funding, including further action in the autumn term (hyperlink here), and a significant vote on progress towards professional unity (hyperlink here).

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