Teachers in Wales /Autumn term 2010 4
NUT - the union for Welsh speaking teachers
When NUT Cymru was approached by the editor of Y Llef – Bangor Students’ Union’s new Welsh newspaper – for help in getting the publication up and running, we jumped at the chance.
The NUT has become the paper’s main sponsor and as a result the Union receives a promotional page in each edition and our logo was printed on to T-shirts given to all students during Freshers’ Week.
Stuart Williams, NUT Cymru’s Organising and Communications Officer, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to advertise the Union and our commitment to the Welsh language – and to show everybody that the NUT provides for Welsh-speaking teachers.
“We hope all Welsh-speaking teacher training students at Bangor University will transfer to full membership on completion of their various courses.”
Young teachers talk shop
Young teachers from all over South Wales attended the fourth South Wales Young Teachers’ Conference, held at the Village Hotel, Swansea, on 8-9 October.
Top of the agenda was a discussion on the potential perils of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. This is an area causing concern for many young teachers. The session raised some issues that were new to delegates, and was a resounding success.
The conference also discussed the General Teaching Council for Wales’s new code of conduct, and how to get young teachers active in their divisions to make their voices heard on NUT policies and campaigns.
A North Wales Young Teachers’ Conference will be held at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno, on 28-29 January. To book a place or for details, contact Lisa Taverner at NUT Cymru on 029 2049 1818.
Amnesty speaks to primary children
Human rights charity Amnesty International offers many downloadable lessons in both English and Welsh. A new resource, Learning about human rights in the primary school, will help bring the concept to life for children in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Amnesty has also produced materials for Key Stage 4 on the death penalty. Download A Matter of Life and Death and the primary resource from the Amnesty website, www.amnesty.org.uk/education
The charity would like to set up a focus group in Wales made up of teachers from both English and Welsh medium primary and secondary schools. If you would like to become involved, please contact Lisa Jones, AIUK Wales, at lisa.jo
We’re here to help…
As the largest teachers’ union, we are able to offer members an unrivalled service. Our professional team is there to provide expertise to our network of school and college representatives and local association and division secretaries. If you have a problem at work or want to know more about NUT member services, contact:
• your school or college representative
• your association or division secretary
• the NUT Cymru office.
NUT Cymru, Ty Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ
Tel: 029 2049 1818
Fax: 029 2049 2491
Wales secretary: David Evans
Wales officers: Gareth Lloyd, Debbie Scott
Wales organiser & communications: Stuart Williams
Wales solicitor: Sarah Morgan
Executive members: Angela Davies, Beth Davies, Neil Foden
NUT Head Office National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
Tel: 020 7388 6191
Fax: 020 7387 8458
NUT website: www.teachers.org.uk
President: Gill Goodswen
General secretary: Christine Blower
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