Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar

From NEU eBulletin

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar

24-26 July  9.00-17.00
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

How do individuals and groups in a democracy organise to correct injustice? Join Facing History and Ourselves for a two-and-a-half-day seminar that will use the desegregation of Central High School in 1957 as a case study to explore the US Civil Rights Movement, positioning members to help their students understand how change happens in a democratic society. This seminar explores the teaching of US civil rights and race relations in Key Stage 4, highlighting Choices in Little Rock – the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement. Click here for more information, including how to register

Free Iranian Teacher Trade Unionist

Free Iranian Teacher Trade Unionist on Hunger Strike

Amnesty International has launched an online appeal calling on the Iranian authorities to release Esmail Abdi. Abdi is a maths teacher and trade unionist who was arrested in 2015 while trying to attend Education International’s World Congress and, after an unfair trial, sentenced to six years in prison. Since 24 April, Abdi has been on hunger strike in protest of the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on trade unionists and his treatment in prison. Support AI’s appeal here.

Resource to Support Teaching Migration in Schools

The Runnymede Trust has developed a website presenting the often untold stories of the generations of migrants to the UK and celebrating the richness of contributions made, and lives lived, by Britain’s many migrant groups.
It is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain. There are classroom activities, lesson plans and lesson activities.

From NEU Officers’ eBulletin

Care4Calais Report

Message from local member Andy Brown of Care4Calais:

A group of volunteers went from Newham and Redbridge to work at Care4Calais last week. Attached please find a diary of our week, to let you know how things are and to show the wide range of activities in a typical Care4Calais week.

This time, thanks to your support, we were able to take £500 worth of new jackets (reversible fleeces and waterproofs). We also took 400 euros, which was used to supply material in the warehouse and fuel for the vehicles for the whole week. Thanks to all who donated goods or money, bought T shirts and badges etc. A particular shout out this time to local members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who have arranged for a separate £1000 donation to Care4Calais from their ministry fund.

We are sending two cars to Calais with volunteers to work at Care4Calais on Saturday April 28th for the day. One will leave at 5am and the other at 6am, returning by 10pm. We have some spare seats at the moment. If you’d like to come, please email back. Donations also welcome, especially of money. The idea that day is to distribute 750 specially made packs containing clothes, toiletries and food.

Thanks, as always, for your interest and support.


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NEU Press release: PARENTS WIN first step towards Judicial Review

PARENTS WIN first step towards Judicial Review challenging academisation at Avenue School, Newham

Court 27 of the Royal Courts of Justice was packed full this morning with parents and striking staff from Avenue School in Newham to hear the legal case being made by David Wolfe QC on behalf of a parent seeking to challenge the lack of meaningful consultation over the proposed transfer to academy status being considered by the school’s Governing Body.
Parents left smiling and cheering after Judge Wall gave them interim relief to proceed towards the permission stage.

The National Education Union understands that this important first step suggests that:

• The judge recognises the strength of the case being out forward by the parent;
• The Funding Agreement that was apparently due to be signed imminently is now on hold;
• The Governing Body meeting on Thursday March 29th can no longer vote to proceed to academy transfer.

Martin Powell Davies, London Regional Secretary, National Education Union, said:

“Today’s decision is an important step towards making sure that Governors do not impose their academisation plans against the wishes of the local community that they are supposed to represent.

“Parents, staff and the NEU will now be keeping up the pressure on Governors at Avenue School to withdraw its damaging plans and work with us to keep it as a thriving community school, in the best interests of children’s education”

Martin Powell Davies, London Regional Secretary, National Education Union @NUTLondonOffice 07876835179

Coram Voice

Dear everyone at the Newham Teachers Association,

I am writing on behalf of Coram Voice, which is part of the UK’s oldest children’s charity Coram. Coram Voice provides advocacy to children in care and care-leavers and we are constantly finding new ways to amplify the voices of these young people.

One of the exciting ways we are doing this is with Voices 2018, a writing competition open to primary and secondary school aged children in care and young care-leavers, which is open until February 8. With the competition in its third year, we are looking forward to it being the best year yet, with this year’s theme being ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’. Entries (to be submitted online at www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices18) can be anything from poems, short stories, raps and song lyrics, with a 500 word limit, and there are four categories to enter: primary school, lower secondary (11-14), upper secondary (15-18) and care leavers. As many migrant and refugee children are looked after by local authorities, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for Voices. We always try and have as diverse a range of entrants as possible, and factors such as English being an additional language are always taken into consideration and can be mentioned in their application.

We wondered whether you might kindly be able to help us promote the competition to the young people you work with. For example, please let us know if it may be of interest to feature the competition in your newsletter, website or blog? We are more than happy to provide copy if you can please let us know of any deadlines, word count or specific requirements. I’ve attached a copy of our electronic A4 competition poster to share.

We’d also greatly appreciate any help you can give us to get the word out on social media using @CoramVoice and #Voices2018. Please let us know if you would like us to send you some suggested tweets and posts to share, or you can retweet our messages @CoramVoice.

The competition is a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of care-experienced young people and show the world what they can achieve. Any help you can give us in encouraging young people to enter would be hugely appreciated, and if you have any other ideas then please do let us know.

If you have any questions or want to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact me at sasha.khan@coram.org.uk or visit www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices18 for details on how to enter, Ts&Cs and prizes.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,


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22/11/2017 Lobby of Paliament for Palestine

Wednesday 22nd November
12.00 – 18.00

On Wednesday 22 November, people from around the UK will arrange to meet with their MPs in Parliament to ask them to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and the abuse of Palestinian children under military detention.

By doing this together, it shows MPs that there are huge numbers of people across the country who care about Palestine.

We need you to join the lobby! Please send a letter to your MP requesting a meeting (please only do this if you are actually able to travel to London on the 22nd November). We will then register for you to join us in Parliament.

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine.