NEWS • VIEWS • INFORMATION • ADVICE
Forthcoming conferences and seminars
NASUWT Consultation Conferences 2011/12
The NASUWT continues to be at the forefront of supporting and engaging with teachers from under-represented groups within the membership and the profession throughout the UK to ensure that they have a voice and make a difference within education, the trade union movement and society. At a time of rapid change and threats to public services, the highly popular annual consultation conferences give teachers the opportunity to have their say on the impact of the Coalition Government’s policies and explore the challenges facing them in the workplace. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss key professional issues, as well as hear from highprofile speakers.
Women Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 1 October 2011, Hilton Metropole, Birmingham
Black and Minority Ethnic Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 3 December 2011, Hilton Metropole, Birmingham
Young Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 28 January 2012, Hilton Metropole, Birmingham
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 11 February 2012, Holiday Inn, Birmingham
Disabled Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 16 June 2012, Hilton, Bromsgrove
The 2010 conferences were oversubscribed
BOOK NOW FOR 2011/12 TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
These events are FREE to NASUWT members and include travel, meals and overnight hotel accommodation, if required. There will be a social event during the evening prior to the conferences.
To reserve your place, contact the NASUWT Conferences and Events Team on 0121 453 6150, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or book online at www.nasuwt.org.uk
. Not a member? Join the NASUWT now and attend the conference or seminar FREE. Quick, easy, no hassle. Tel. 0121 457 6211 or join online at www.nasuwt.org.uk
Support public services
The NASUWT is supporting a campaign to promote the value and contribution that public services are making to communities worldwide.
The Quality Public Services – Action Now! campaign emphasises the vital contribution that public services make to job creation, prosperity and welfare.
It has been launched by the Council of Global Unions to press governments the world over to commit to investing in and supporting high quality public services. The campaign has been launched to counter the global attack on public services and the drive towards privatisation, which has been spurred by the global financial crisis.
The campaign aims to gain support for an alternative approach to dealing with the deficit that recognises a need for quality public services and the importance that an investment in public services plays in promoting a fairer society, reducing inequality and supporting the economy.
The Quality Public Services – Action Now! campaign supports the introduction of the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny 0.05% levy on all international financial transactions, and the NASUWT will be writing once again to urge the European Commission and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to adopt this at the earliest opportunity.
The public are being asked to sign up to the campaign charter to show their support for public services and promote the campaign in their own workplaces and communities. Further details of how you can take part can be found at www.qpsactionnow.org
Open all hours
The Coalition Government’s highly controversial free school programme hit a new low when it was announced that they are to be encouraged to open throughout the year and teach on Saturdays.
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has promised that free schools will be given new powers to scrap the traditional school year and hold extra classes outside the normal school day.
The Minister claims that these plans will help raise attainment and prevent children falling behind their peers, but there is no evidence to support the claim.
The open all hours policy rides roughshod over reasonable working conditions for staff and could cause significant problems for parents who have children at different schools.
Free schools will not need to employ teachers with qualified teacher status, a development that the NASUWT continues to campaign against.
An Ipsos MORI poll showed that 96% of the public are also against free schools.
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