Autumn term 2010 / Teachers in Wales 3
Wanted: a rep in every school
The NUT prides itself on having members in virtually every school in Wales.
And in the majority of those schools, the Union has been fortunate to have a band of dedicated teachers who act as NUT school reps. They carry out vital work, recruiting new members, organising NUT meetings in schools, helping and advising members, promoting NUT policy and providing a vital link between members and NUT divisions and associations and the NUT Cymru office.
The Union has recently identified a large number of new reps – with a staggering 531 recruited so far this year. Because of this success, courses have been arranged to provide training for these new recruits.
David Evans, Wales Secretary, said: “The success we’ve had this year in recruiting new school reps has been fantastic. The dream would be to have an NUT rep in every school throughout Wales and the work we are doing is taking us closer to that goal.
“The school rep is a vitally important figure in providing our services to members. We at NUT Cymru are committed to ensuring that the representatives we have are given every support and are comfortable in their role.”
You can find out more about becoming a school rep, or playing an active part in the NUT in other ways, by visiting www.teachers.org.uk/getinvolved
School rep courses in 2011
• 3 February 2011 – Level 1 Part 1, Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
• 10 February 2011 – Level 1 Part 1, Llety Parc Hotel, Aberystwyth
• 29 June 2011 – Level 1 Part 1, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
• 8 November 2011 – Level 1 Part 2, Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
• 10 November 2011 – Level 1 Part 2, Llety Parc Hotel, Aberystwyth
If you’re interested in becoming a school rep and attending one of these courses, contact Lisa Taverner at NUT Cymru on 029 2049 1818.
And the winner is…
Inspirational teaching staff honoured at the 12th annual Teaching Awards ceremony in Cardiff for their outstanding contribution to classrooms across Wales included several members of the NUT, listed below.
The winner of the Teacher of the Year in a Primary School was Llew Davies from Ysgol Cae Top in Gwynedd, with the runners-up in the same category being Shan Kenchington (Mount Street Infant School, Powys) and Victoria Cowx (St Anne’s RC Primary, Wrexham).
Sian Lewis (Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Conwy) was runner-up in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category, Carys Jones (Ysgol Manod, Gwynedd) was runner-up in the Head Teacher of the Year in a Primary School and Iona Lewis (Abertillery Comprehensive, Blaenau Gwent) was runner up in the Promotion of the Welsh Language in a School category.
In June, St Christopher’s Special School in Wrexham, the largest in Wales, was named Special Needs School of the Year at the TES Awards for its pioneering work supporting pupils.
The school runs a number of inclusion schemes and is a hotbed of entrepreneurism, with its own pupil-run car wash, café and shop. The competition judges said they could sense the ambition the school has for every one of its pupils.
The school’s Head Teacher, NUT member Maxine Pittaway, has won a number of awards in recent years and has received praise from both Estyn and the Assembly Government.
• Read all about St Christopher’s in the NUT’s Teacher to Teacher special schools supplement, available online at www.teachers. org.uk/teachertoteacher
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