Bringing Palestine to Parliament – Lobby Day

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Dear Friend,

We need your help in bringing Palestine to Parliament! Our 2018 Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday 28th November, and you can support it in a number of ways:

1) Request a meeting with your MP and join us in Parliament. (only do this if you can definitely be in London on the 28th November).

2) If you can’t attend the Lobby Day, then please still write to your MP and ask them to meet with the PSC team for a briefing.
Support the Lobby Day

Join the hundreds of PSC supporters who will be arriving in Westminister to deliver a clear message on Palestine. All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. This is a great opportunity to get together with those who share your passion for Palestine and to make a real difference!

This year’s Lobby Day will focus on two of PSC’s core campaigns; the treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners

and the demand for the UK to Stop Arming Israel.

The Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday 28th November from 12.00-18.00, with all participants also invited to attend a special rally meeting in the evening from 18.00 – 20.00. At this rally we will hear from experts and politicians on how to secure justice for Palestine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard in Parliament!
Register now: Lobby Day 2018

Reminder: Newham Save Our NHS AGM 19/02/2018

Yet again the future if the NHS is under threat. Newham’s local campaign needs your thoughts and ideas for shaping our campaigning.

Come along and here a full update from Dr Jackie Applebee a local GP and well known NHS activist.

Monday 19th February 2018

7pm to 8.45pm

St John’s Church, Stratford

Please try and spare the time to support our NHS and our local campaign

With regards

Dr Ron Singer


Agenda Continue reading Reminder: Newham Save Our NHS AGM 19/02/2018

President’s address NTA AGM 07/02/2017

Firstly I would like to express thanks to Amy for her term as president and the introduction of a code of conduct for officers and committee members. I propose that this is continued throughout my term of office.

I approach this year with anticipation, interest and trepidation.

Anticipation: We have new officers who have promised much in their election statements. I will be interested to see this in practice and hope that it will mean an improvement in attendance at both Officers and Committee meetings. It will make a change for especially Committee meetings to be quorate and I would expect the courtesy of members of these to send apologies if they are unable to attend.

I also hope that the NTA Schools Refugee Competition will be taken up by more schools this year and actively promoted by all officers and committee members.
[details available on our website]:

Interest: The planned merger of the NUT with ATL to form a new Teaching Union, dependant on the ballot result, is to be welcomed. Merging can only bring increased strength, although it is unlikely that NASUWT will join us. It means a period of change and reconstituting as a new union, this will inevitably have repercussions on local divisions and the NTA will have to adapt accordingly to new rules and constitution.

Trepidation: Following the surprise results of the Brexit vote and the election of Trump both of which have led to an increase in racist incidents are of particular concern. Trump’s administration is all about division and blame with his tweet first and occasionally think later attitude. He seems bent on marginalising more people by his bullying attitude. It seems unlikely that the flow of refugees will cease resulting in many more drowning thanks to unscrupulous traffickers using unfit boats and fake life-vests. I cannot begin to comprehend how harrowing it is to see bodies washed up along otherwise beautiful coastlines or to understand the trauma experienced by the refugees who do survive.

The major concern for schools is the inexorable increase in academisation and the proposed funding cuts under the new formula. This will result in huge job losses initially for support staff who do such a vital job in helping to support some of our most vulnerable children. Class sizes will rise inevitably and workload increase even further. It all appears to be a cynical attempt to reduce the aspirations and life chances of poorer children and keep tertiary education for the rich. Even the proposed increase in apprenticeships is to be funded by those establishments with 250+ employees. Again, sound bites without government financial backing. I read last week that even school governors in West Sussex were “going on strike” and refusing to sanction budget cuts in their schools as a protest against F40.

We really need parents on our side in this fight against the government so the more they can be fully informed the better. I urge all members to go to to see the implication of the proposed cuts on their schools.

I appreciate that in the general scheme of things it is not always easy for members to attend union meetings but you can stay up to date by accessing our website.

Peg Probett
NTA President 2017

NTA Elections: Ballot papers coming soon

ballot-paper-for-website_001-250pixThe ballot papers for the NTA 2016 NTA Elections will start to arrive at members’ home addresses from Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

If you have not received your ballot paper five days after the open of voting, you should contact ERS, simply stating your name, to request a duplicate paper to be sent out. To do this, you should either email them at: or call 020 8889 9203

There are two documents which inform you of the candidates’ electoral stance. You will need to download both to see their views.
Document 1

Document 2



WahlrechtNewham Association Rule 5 states:
Management: The management of the association shall be vested in the Officers and Committee.


Please make sure you use your vote to decide who manages the affairs of your Association.

(Original posting on website 02/11/2016. Posting on website updated 11/11/2016.)

Reminder: 12/05/2016 Important meeting for all members

Update: This meeting is still on. The government climb down does not mean we can relax.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST)

The White Paper. A threat to us all.
The White Paper. A threat to us all.

East Ham Town Hall
328 Barking Road
E6 2RP London
United Kingdom

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Attend Event

This is an important meeting for all members in Newham.

The governent’s white paper proposals have the wrong priorities, are undemocratic, lacking in evidence and a threat to all school staff in every type of school.

Come along and hear from the London Regional Secretary, Martin Powell-Davies, and others to understand why you need to support the upcoming ballot for action against the government’s damaging proposals.

Refreshments will be provided – please register your interest,
Attend Event ), come along, bring other members and even recruit new members. We need to send a clear, strong and unified message that teachers, school staff including Headteachers and many parents, governors and councillors oppose the plans.

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We hope you can make it.

Amy Sharp

Next week! 12/05/2016. Important meeting for all members.

Update: This meeting is still on. The government climb down does not mean we can relax.

East Ham Town Hall. 17h00 to 18h30.

Find out what the Government’s proposals mean for you and why we need you and every member to understand and support the upcoming ballot.

Let us know you are coming – Refreshments provided: 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Many People Hands Holding Red Word Stronger Together Blue Sky.
Stronger together.