Teachers as social justice advocates

Report from conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions.

Teachers are in a unique position as social justice advocates, not just educational advocates, writes Chris Smith in The Morning Star.
Educators from across the globe spent three days last week in Brussels debating the UN’s recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions, was the first of its kind in gathering together young teachers (currently defined as below 35) to discuss how the 17 goals that make up the SDGs can be acted upon by educators and also how teachers, unions and wider civil society can use the SDGs to challenge and change their governments.

Chris Smith teaches history and politics in Norwich and is a member of the NUT’s national organising forum for young teachers. You can follow him on Twitter @chriswriteshere.

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Retired Teachers’ Convention 17/10/2017

The annual NUT Retired Teachers’ Convention is happening on Tuesday 17 October. It will be held at NUT HQ in London and gives retired members an opportunity to meet and discuss a range of topics including how to continue to participate in Union campaigns. To book visit the NUT website – https://www.teachers.org.uk/news-events/events/nut-retired-teachers-convention. Local officers have been asked to look favourably upon requests from retired members for funding to attend the Convention.

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Government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful

From: Frances O’Grady
Sent: ‎26/‎07/‎2017 14:50
To: Secretary Newham NUT
Subject: Huge win!

Dear Secretary,

Today the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful, accepting UNISON’s argument that the fees are restricting working people’s access to justice.

What’s more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 — at a cost of about £27m.

It’s a massive win for working people, and we congratulate UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case. Continue reading Government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful

Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi Vigil 27/07/2017

Remember V1 Rocket Attack Forest Gate 27 July 1944

Newham Teachers’ Association draws your attention to:

Photo of V1 rocket coming down on London“Thursday 27th July
Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding an Anti-Fascist/Anti-Nazi vigil to remember those 20 or so local residents killed by a V1 rocket on the 27th of July 1944.
Meet at The Holly Tree Pub 141 Dames Road , E7, corner with Pevensey Road at 6.30 p.m. There will be a short ceremony with flowers laid.” Continue reading Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi Vigil 27/07/2017

Save Sarah Chapman’s Grave – online petition now launched

Newham Teacher’s Association is pleased to inform members that the online petition for the Save Sarah Chapman’s Grave” Campaign is now up and running. Please sign the petition.

Sarah Chapman was a leading member of the 1888 Matchwomen’s Strike Committee (pictured below). Sarah (ringed) is standing to the right of Herbert Burrows and Annie Besant, the Socialist Reformers. Sarah went on to become one of the first working-class women to represent their Union at the TUC.

Sarah Chapman was buried in a pauper’s grave at Manor Park Cemetery. The grave was recently rediscovered by her descendants The cemetery authorities are reusing ground at the cemetery by “mounding-over” and the grave may disappear unless the authorities can be persuaded to protect Sarah’s resting place. Please sign the petition to protect the exact resting place of this important figure in trade union history.

Prize-giving – “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Competition

The NTA “Refugees Are Welcome Here” schools competition prize-giving was hosted by Essex Primary School. Eight of the winners and their families were able to attend to receive their certificates and book tokens presented by John Newman of Newham Bookshop. All schools who entered received thank you certificates and some children also received Highly Commended certificates. Each school who did not have winners was given a book for their school library.
Our President, Peg Probett, would like to thank everyone who took part. The quality and sensitivity demonstrated in the poems and posters was very moving. Perhaps our politicians could learn more humanity from our young people!

Prize-giving - "Refugees Are Welcome Here" 2017 Competition