National Executive Report Nov 2019

NASUWT National Executive Report

November 2019

Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan National Executive Members for Inner London NASUWT

Dog saying to cat "It's mostly the noise I don't like in fireworks displays. But with good earmuffs I'll be all right"


Dear NASUWT Inner London Secretaries and Activists

Welcome to our November National Executive Report. It’s the season of Festivals of Light and we wish you all belated Happy Diwali and Bonfire Night - hopefully there were no firework related mishaps!

Best wishes

Kathy Duggan and Chris Holland

General Secretary’s Report

Run up to the General Election. We must all use our vote - goes without saying. Across the country the polls show that teachers vote across all political parties.

We all need to be on guard that our rights as employees are not eroded no matter what the outcomes for Brexit or the election are. Eduction is a hot topic in the campaigning - schools and teachers being offered a lot of inducements to win votes - buyer beware!

Your National Executive Members asked questions about fire alarms and lock down procedures in schools, making performance management better and supply teachers right to opt in to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

It beholden on National Executive Members to uphold Executive’s unanimous decision to nominate Deputy General Secretary Dr. Patrick Roach to serve as our new General Secretary. Local Associations in our District 23 have nominated Patrick where meetings have been quorate. Nominations close on 9th. December. Patrick is the most qualified candidate and will deserve our wholehearted support.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the upcoming Greater London Regional Conference 30th. November at the Amba Hotel, Charing Cross. Dr. Patrick Roach is our keynote speaker and there are many interesting workshops. We will also be welcoming David Kitchen our National President to chair the event. Thank you to those who have registered to attend there may be some places left so please contact the Regional Office on 020 7490 6130 if you want to come.

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan D23 NEMs.

National Executive Report July 2019

A beach on a sunny day with a clear, blue sea

NASUWT Executive Members Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland


Dear Inner London NASUWT

Welcome to July’s National Executive Report. We would like to wish you all a lovely, restful and invigorating summer holiday.


A few updates and reminders:-

Your NEMs asked questions about National Conference venues - we would like to see more in the south of the country.

Chris Holland examines the financial aspects of the Treasurer’s Report and will always pull officers up on the detail and occasionally will point out errors.


Local Secretaries - please set the dates for your local meetings and the regional office have those dates for the autumn mailing which must go out four weeks after the beginning of term. Remember that you can call a Special General Meeting out of synch if you need to do so.


Make very sure that your local association consider conference motions and if one or more is agreed get them in by the deadline. NASUWT thrives on a dynamic and interesting National Conference. 2020’s Conference is in Birmingham, easy to travel to and greet hotels - get your Conference Reps organised in good time.


Most local authorities still have NQT welcome days. Find out when yours is. Order your recruitment packs to be delivered to the venues and go yourself - RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT - we are the only bespoke teachers union and we offer the best service to teachers.


DON’T give in to being used for endless cover during gained time - the exams are over this doesn’t mean your conditions of service have been suspended!


I’m sure all your pupil reports are now written and handed in - try not to get pulled in to endless rewriting to suit the sensitivities  your particular Head teachers.


Lastly - personal gripe - don’t hurt yourselves entering the staff race on sports day. You’ve been warned! Two people - one in a cap, one lying on a bed. Cap: "What happened to you at school sports day?" Bed: "I slipped a discus."


 Best wishes

Chris Holland & Kathy Duggan


National Executive Report June 2019

Eid al-fitr mubarak

National Executive Report June 2019

Kathy Duggan, Chris Holland NASUWT Inner London National Executive

Dear Activists and Members

Welcome to this Report from today’s National Executive meeting in Rednal. We would like to wish everyone a joyful Eid and hope that all of us have the chance to get out and enjoy the summer weather - not stay indoors marking books!

ABUSE: Verbal and physical abuse. Aggressive, offensive, intimidatory or disrespectful behaviour WILL NOT BE TOLERATEDNASUWT, on your Inner London National Executive Members’ insistence, have now issued posters to aid members with saftey at work. School Reps have been sent these by e mail and further copies are available from the Regional Centre. Please make sure these posters are displayed prominently in your schools.

I have been successful is getting procedures for lockdown and violent incidents firmly in the sights of Lewisham Local Authority.

Please insist that proper risk assessments are being carried out for all school activities and events that could pose a risk to members.

Your National Executive Members asked questions this morning on:-

National Conference Venues post 2020

The STRB recommendations for 2019/20 - Government dragging their feet again you may not get your September pay award until October.

Government have put off the revaluation of teachers’ pension and benefits.

Please RSVP to the invitation to attend the twilight training session on The Rules of the Union and full involvement in Conference and elections to union posts etc 1st. July at the Regional Centre.

Local Association Meetings - Chris Holland and I try to attend as many as we can but please check you are not calling meetings that clash with other local association meetings in D23 or National Executive meetings. The Regional Centre has the dates.

We must improve our involvement at National Conference. Please consider ideas for National Conference Motions now! Put Conference Motions on your association’s meeting agendas.

Important Date - 21st. June Regional Committee. Secretaries don’t forget to come it begins at 11am at the Regional Centre - or send an alternative officer from your association. This particular meeting includes a crucial briefing on changes to the rules of engagement for Regional Committees.

Best wishes

Chris Holland and Kathy Duggan National Executive Inner London

NASUWT National Executive Report May 2019

NASUWT National Executive Report

May 2019

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland National Executive Members for Inner London.

Inner London was well represented at National Conference in Belfast. Lewisham’s Cynthia Harding seconded our composited motion on Teachers’ Mental Health. The motion was passed unanimously and was one of the most popular motions on the agenda.Lewisham’s Cynthia Harding seconded our composited motion on Teachers’ Mental Health

Omolo Johnson from Southwark spoke extremely well on being a supply teacher and Ryan Foster from Lambeth wowed the floor of conference in his shorts - speaking very eloquently on CPD! Thank you to all the members who came to Belfast and we look forward to seeing even more of you in Birmingham next year.

We have been somewhat successful in pressing for our advice on serious and violent incidents involving teachers at work to be reissued by the national union. It is on its way.

We have lots of new members from Primary Schools. You are Very welcome to the best teachers’ trade union!





 We have lots of new members from Primary Schools. You are Very welcome to the best teachers’ trade union!

Recruit is our buzz word - don’t forget to claim your Love to Shop voucher!


Enjoy half term

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland

NEM Report March 2019

NASUWT National Executive ReportPoster saying 'Equal Rights for others does not mean less rights for you. It's not pie'

March 2019

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland National Executive Members for Inner London.

We continue to press for further instructions from NASUWT to protect our members against major incidents including knife attacks.

We also need to ensure, through negotiations with employers, that major incident and violent attack procedures, including lockdown, are in place in all our schools and colleges.

Have you and your members checked your pay packet? Did you receive the pay rise back dated to September 2018?

M1 - M6 3 1/2%; UPS’s 2%; Leadership 1 1/2%.

Inner London were well represented this week at Women’s Trade Union Congress Conference in London. The delegates celebrated Women’s International Day today and heard rousing speeches from Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary and  the Shadow Secretary for Women and Equalities. Equal pay for women and period poverty are major themes for women and will be the subject of debates and fringe meetings at National Conference in Belfast in April.

We have received shocking reports from schools in the independent sector where members are being forced to leave the Teachers Pension Scheme and sign up to private alternative schemes. These schemes don’t offer equal benefits to our members. Members are facing dismissal when they resist the change to their terms and conditions of employment.

National Conference begins on 19th. April in Belfast. I will report from Conference and hope to see all Inner London delegates during the weekend. If you are going to Conference either on your own or with a delegate or three! Don’t forget to be in the room when the Motion on Teachers Mental Health is debated - it’s being seconded by Lewisham Local President, Cynthia Harding - please support.

Best wishes for the next few weeks of term and the Easter Holidays.

Kathy Duggan & Chris Holland