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 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 or visit 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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Care4Calais Report

A group from Newham and Redbridge were in Calais on December 9th-10th working from the Care4Calais warehouse.

Thanks first to the many who contributed to the trip from our area. We were able to take over a donation of 1000 euros and all the vehicles were packed high with donations of clothing and other material for the Care4Calais winter appeal. Many donations came from individuals, some of which were very generous. Special thanks too to those who collected among their friends and networks and bought and sold the Paddington Bear T shirts, especially the Society of the Sacred Heart and Tower Hamlets GP network. We are well on our way to another thousand euros for the next visit. Others did collections or sold shirts at work, including at Connaught School, London Transport and Horniman museums, Imperial College and in the Tower Hamlets Drug Intervention team.

The weekend was a major operation. We had over 120 volunteers working from the warehouse, with large groups from Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Islington, Haringey and South London as well as a coachload of students organised by Stand Up to Racism and people from as far away as Wigan, Manchester and Wakefield. On Saturday large distributions of individual food and clothing packs were made at four different sites in Calais. There was also a distribution in Dunkirk and another team did a big clean up of the site there. A group visited the centre for unaccompanied minors in St Omer, where there are currently around 50 child refugees, taking clothing and footwear as well as games and art materials. Thousands of pounds were donated from collections like ours all over the country. On Saturday night, some of the refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan (including a thirteen year old boy) spoke at a meeting with the volunteers, where we saw the excellent new documentary, Calais Children – a Case to Answer.

Sunday morning in Calais saw heavy snow, high winds and an icy sleet that went on all day. Conditions for the hundreds sleeping out in the woods and on waste ground were just appalling. Distributions took place again at four sites, this time of winter coats, boots and bivvy bags. We were frozen to the bone by the end of the day, yet we were going home to warmth and security. For the refugees, a whole winter in these conditions awaits.


LESE Trades Union Councils

There are nearly 60 trades councils in the London, East & South East (LESE) region with new ones being formed; this is just a snapshot of some activities.
The relentless work offered by Trade Union Council members and supporters can never be underestimated.

LESE’s themed Trades Council Conference is held annually and promotes the voice of workers and the value of trade unions.

LESE Workers’ Memorial / May Day Events
* London Workers’ Memorial Day – Saturday 28 April 2018

* London May Day and Rally – Tuesday 1 May 2018

* Ipswich May Day Festival – Sunday 6 May 2018

* Southampton & S.W. Hampshire May Day – Monday 7 May 2018

Burston Strike School Rally (Sunday 2 September 2018)
Annual rally to celebrate the longest strike in history: Schoolchildren ‘went on strike’ in 1914 to support their teachers, sacked by the rural squirearchy for organising agricultural workers.

Season’s greetings from the London Recruits team!

Season’s greetings from the London Recruits team!

2017 has been a great year for London Recruits. We’ve discovered and restored never before seen archival film from private collections worldwide, uncovered historical reports of the London Recruits activities from major UK and South African newspapers, recorded and edited all core interviews with key figures and voices in the story, secured investment and further production funding, raised the profile of the project at several key events throughout the year and welcomed Robyn Slovo to the London Recruits team as Executive Producer. The New Year will see reconstruction scenes shot and then on to post-production.

All of above would have been quite impossible without you – so a big thanks from all of the London Recruits team for getting us this far!

Open Statement to Members of the Newham NUT Section of the National Education Union [NEU]

As you will see the outcome of the NTA 2017 Local Elections means that I have not been re-elected as your Divisional Secretary & Secretary Newham Teachers Panel. Thus, my current office in both posts ceases as of 6th February 2018. I apologise to members that I have not continued to demonstrate the confidence you have previously have shown in me in re-electing me to these posts annually since 1992. It has been a great privilege for me to represent you over those years. My personal material circumstances will change significantly, and I have no choice but to resign the delegate positions [NUT London Regional Council and Delegate to NUT Annual Conference] to which you have re-elected me as I shall now be unable to carry out those responsibilities to effectively represent you.

Thus, my personal involvement in the affairs of the Association will cease as of 6th February 2018. I wish to emphasise that in making this statement I do so with no personal regrets and with the continuing respect for the membership I have had the honour to represent over the past 25 years. I wish the new leadership you have chosen to elect all the best for the future and hope they are able to live up to your expectations as I hope I have previously done.

Peter Smith

NTA Divisional Secretary
[February 1992 to February 2018]

NTA 2017 Provisional Election Result

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The risks of academy conversion – meeting 12/12/2017

Dear Colleague

We are holding an open meeting on the risks of academy conversion and how to fight to oppose conversion. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, discuss your concerns and hear from members already taking action

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Venue: Newham (East Ham) Town Hall, Barking Road, E6 2RP
Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Make sure your school is represented

Care4Calais Winter Coat Campaign

Care4Calais winter coat campaign posterOver 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. There are minors as young as 13, and they have no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.

We are asking each of you to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear.

Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:

“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter. Here’s my #Coat4Calais”

Donate your coat at our nearest donation point, find yours here.

If you can’t give a coat, simply visit here and buy a coat for a refugee for just £25.

Lets keep people warm this winter!