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(Photo of Alan Homes)
The NASUWT has paid tribute to National Executive Member Alan Homes following his untimely death in July following a heart operation.
Mr Homes, who represented members in the Greater London region, joined the National Executive in 1992 and served as Chair of the Union’s Salaries, Pensions and Conditions of Service Committee from 1998.
He joined the NASUWT as a student teacher in 1961 and began teaching in 1964. He became active within the Union, becoming Branch Secretary of his Local Association before moving on to represent members at a national level.
Mr Homes played a leading role in the Union’s negotiations on pay and conditions, helping to secure historic changes that ensured that teachers were valued as skilled professionals with working conditions that freed them up to focus on teaching and learning.
He made an invaluable contribution to the NASUWT and used his background and experience as a teacher to support NASUWT members individually and collectively.
He was a champion of equal opportunities, serving as Vice- Chair of the NASUWT Equalities Committee.
Born and bred in Barnet, Mr Homes was a science teacher at Moat Mount School for 30 years before becoming science adviser for the borough.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, paid tribute to Mr Homes’ unflinching dedication to his work. She said: “Alan was totally dedicated to the Union and worked tirelessly on behalf of members locally and nationally. He was liked and respected by all those he met. Teachers have lost a great supporter and advocate.”
Mr Homes leaves his wife Megan, three daughters and six grandchildren.
Endsleigh, the leading insurance provider, has unveiled a promise to all NASUWT members across the UK that they will beat any existing home insurance renewal quote. Endsleigh, one of the market leaders in providing insurance products for all educational professionals, already offer customised deals for teachers and are now bolstering their home insurance deal by offering the price guarantee until 31 December 2011.
The guarantee adds to an already impressive home insurance policy that includes 24-hour replacement for laptops, TVs and bikes and free home emergency cover when building and contents insurance are purchased together. All NASUWT members will also automatically have any home office equipment and garden contents insured as standard, along with cover for house keys. Endsleigh are the only insurance provider to also offer insurance for MP3 players and all downloaded music as standard.
The price guarantee is available to all NASUWT members via the Endsleigh website at www.endsleigh.co.uk/NASUWToffers or by calling Endsleigh direct on 0800 028 3571.
Other offers also available to NASUWT members include 12 months for the price of 11 on car insurance and 20% off tenants’ insurance.