More Than a Score: The Alternative for primary assessment launches next Wednesday 29/03/2017

The More Than a Score campaign will be launching its vision for primary assessment in Westminster on Wednesday (29 March), 6-8pm at Westminster Central Hall.  This is an important moment in the campaign and will aim to show MPs, teachers, school leaders and parents what we stand for, in addition to what we are against. Please encourage members to attend. Free tickets can be booked here.

Demo: Support EU migrants

On Wednesday 29 March Theresa May is set to invoke article 50.

May plans to use the future of EU migrants in the U.K as bargaining chips in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. This leaves families across Britain with an uncertain future.

EU migrants play an important role across the U.K economy. The government must guarantee their right to stay now.

Stand Up To Racism is calling for people to show solidarity with EU nationals this Wednesday.

Get involved in the day of action to defend EU migrants this Wednesday 29 March.

Join the facebook event to keep up with what is happening on the day around the country and post information about your local activity on it here.
5.30pm, Downing Street: Banner drop and speak out with EU migrants outside Number 10 to tell Theresa May that EU migrants are here to stay.

Organise mass leafleting of your local station, tube, town centre or at your workplace or college on Wednesday 29 March. Email for leaflets.
Download a defend EU workers selfie to use at work here.

Contact your MP: Lend support to detained PSC activists

Urgent message from the Palestine Solidarity CampaignPSC logo image

Issa Amro, Hebron peace activist, is recognised by the E.U. and the U.N. as a Human Rights Defender. He is facing now 18 charges in an Isreali Military Court.

Omar Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, was arrested only days before traveling to the U.S. to receive the Gandhi Peace Award.

Please contact your M.P. to raise their cases with the U.K. Government.

Newham Teachers’ Association has been affiliated to the PSC for many years. Continue reading Contact your MP: Lend support to detained PSC activists

SERTUC Regional May Day and Workers’ Memorial Events 2017

Advance notice of events:

* Bedford May Day – Monday 1 May 2017
* Chelmsford Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Chelmsford May Day Celebration – Wednesday 3 May 2017
* Ipswich May Day Festival – Sunday 30 April 2017
* London (Central) March and Rally – Monday 1 May 2017
* Medway Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Norwich May Day Celebration – Sunday 30 April 2017
* Oxford May Day Celebration – Saturday 29 April 2017
* Southampton May Day Celebration – Monday 1 May 2017
* Southend May Day Celebration – Monday 1 May 2017
* Waltham Forest Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Waltham Forest May Day Festival – Saturday 29 April 2017
* Waveney May Day Festival – Sunday 30 April 2017

More information:


(First published 06/03/2017. Updated 24/03/2017)

BFI African Odysseys Committee present the film – Kalushi

The NTA has received the following communication:

From: Peter Smith []
Sent: 15 March 2017 20:49
Subject: FW: Kalushi

Dear Sir

My name is Wale Ojo and I am responsible for the screening of KALUSHI at the British Film institute on the 6th April 2017.  I saw the film at the Film Africa festival in November last year  and was immediately struck by its potency and beauty. I immediately made  plans for the film to be featured at the premier venue for cinema in the country, namely the National Film theatre at the British Film institute. I am on a steering committee at the BFI called the AFRICAN ODYSSEYS and we are responsible for putting on films of educational content for an eager and demanding audience.

Please feel free to spread the word to all you know.  I have included a poster of the film and here is a booking link  “Kalushi” . Please note that booking for seats will be available from March 14th.

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th April for what promises to be a cinematic and landmark event.

Yours sincerely,
Wale Ojo

Peter Smith will attend the screening as one of the London Recruits.

School cuts – briefing from NUT

Message from Kevin Courtney to Robin Wales & Quintin Peppiatt
10 March 2017 16:09

Dear Robin and Quintin,

As you know school funding is in crisis. The Government is pushing through ill-thought out plans to introduce a National Funding Formula for schools without putting in the additional funding that is desperately needed. At the same time schools are having to contend with real terms cuts to per-pupil funding, while local authorities suffer from major cuts to the Education Services Grant and other swingeing cuts to town hall budgets.

Attached to this email is important new information about the financial situation of your schools. This information is available through the COLLECT system from the Department for Education. We have permission to share this information because we are not disclosing any pupil census data.

In addition to the data showing the scale of budget cuts over the course of this Parliament, please also find attached information about the funding floor. This has not been available previously and affects 73 schools in Newham.

The best of luck with your efforts to secure additional funds for schools in Newham. If there is anything the NUT can do to support that work please let me know. I have copied in our local NUT secretary.

Yours sincerely,
Kevin Courtney
NUT General Secretary

Council Leaders Briefing – Kevin Courtney
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Newham Cuts Spreadsheet
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The Floor
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NFF Consultation Advice
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DSB Cuts March 2017 Powerpoint
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Response Submitted to Schools National Funding Formula – Stage 2, by Peter Smith, Secretary Newham Teachers’ Association
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