Elections For Executive Members – 1 January 2019 – 31 August 2021

NEU HQ has reminded members of Election Circular – 18-003/BSD, published earlier this year.

For action – 18-003/BSD – Elections For Executive Members – 1 January 2019 – 31 August 2021

Electoral Districts, Plus 3 Equality Seats – Black Members, Disabled Members, LGBT Members and 3 Sector Seats – Independent Schools, Post 16 Establishments & Support Staff Executive Members

Election Circular – 18-003/BSD
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School Cuts Campaign – Petition

Message from Kevin Courtney to all members:

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Over the weekend, the School Cuts campaign launched a petition to support calls for local authorities and schools to have sufficient funds and resources to guarantee all pupils with SEND have access to education.

So far we have received 8,576 signatures and counting.

This petition was launched off the back of 39 local councils – supported by the NEU and School Cuts coalition partners – wrote to Damian Hinds to demand more money to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The publication of the letter received a great deal of attention from local and national media and also parents and other groups campaigning on this important issue.

Please do all you can to share this and encourage as many people as possible to sign it.

Thank you for all your help

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney signature.

EPI Report: “local authorities should be able to take over schools which are in struggling academy trusts”

Press release from NEU:

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EPI on School Performance in Academy Chains and Local Authorities

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the latest report by the Education Policy Institute.
“Without doubt the most significant aspect of this report is its recommendation that local authorities should be able to take over schools which are in struggling academy trusts. This is simple common sense and would be welcomed by many communities who have seen their local schools taken over by unaccountable and negligent academy chains. Indeed it’s a demand that has already been made, many times. Notably in the case of the collapse of the Wakefield City Academies Trust where parents were forced to watch in dismay as their schools were then transferred to another set of unaccountable academy trusts without proper consultation or consideration for the needs and priorities of the community.

“This report is also the final nail in the coffin of the idea that coercing schools into academy status has been worth it, either financially or in terms of improving outcomes. It is worth remembering the huge sums that have been spent on the programme – £745 million on converting maintained schools to academies since 2010-11 according to the NAO. This is not to mention the vastly inflated salaries of academy CEOs and the numerous financial scandals the programme has engendered.

“It’s now time for a proper debate on what we want from our schools system. The academies programme has not delivered on its promised outcomes. But it has also produced a fractured and incoherent schools system in which the voices of parents, pupils and staff are diminished.”