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Let’s make this the election for education

Key issues:
• Funding
• Selection in schools
• Teacher workload
• Testing and assessment

Recent figures suggest that 40,000 primary children are in classes with more than 36 children and over 16,600 are in classes of over 40.

NTA General Meeting
Tuesday 9th May 2017
4.30pm to 6.00pm
East Ham Town Hall E6 2RP
SPEAKER: Andrew Baisley
Author of www.schoolscuts.org.uk
Please make sure your school is represented

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“Refugees are welcome here” Competition

Timetable for

‘Refugees are Welcome Here’
Newham Schools Competition 2017
• Competition to be run in schools [during Refugee Week or before]
• These entries to be judged in individual schools

Then, asap (Deadline 16h00 03/07/2017):
1st, 2nd & 3rd winners in each category entries to be sent / delivered to
Newham Teachers’ Association,
C/O Newham Town Hall,
Barking Road,
E6 2RP

• Entries to be judged by independent panel
• Schools to be informed by email of results by 9am Friday 7th July
• Winning children, families and teachers invited to prize-giving event
• Prize-giving event to be held week beginning Monday 12th July [final date & venue tbc] . This will begin at 5pm and last approximately an hour.

Full details and all competition papers can be seen on the Refugee Poetry Competition webpage

General Meeting


Important General Meeting

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General Meeting

Tuesday 9th May 2017 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Lister Room – East Ham Town Hall

Please make sure your school is represented.



Andrew Baisley, NUT, author of website www.schoolcuts.org.uk
Andrew Baisley, NUT


Speaker: Andrew Baisley from NUT headquarters – Author School Cuts Website.




Message from Secretary, Newham Teachers’ Association:

“I cannot over emphasise the importance of this meeting as schools are faced vicious cuts to their budgets and on top of that the potential of their budgets being frozen for many years.
These cuts are the worst I have ever known in my role as your Divisional Secretary since 1992.

The agenda paper for the General Meeting is available for download. Please draw it to the attention of your members and place it on your NUT Notice Board. If you do not know the impact of the proposed new funding formula on your school simply put your school’s postcode into the website page as soon as you go to www.schoolcuts.org.uk. If you do know the impact on your school’s budget then you will understand the importance of the meeting.”


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Motions for meeting
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One Housing Group rent increases will force teachers out.

“One Housing has recently told keyworkers in Newham that they will face a 40% increase in their rents. This was not negotiated or consulted. Many now face the prospect of moving home. This includes teachers, teaching assistants, NHS staff and social workers who provide key services to their community. Some residents have families with young children. Stop One Housing from imposing these unfair contracts! Sign our petition today!

Newham Teachers’ Association has donated towards the campaign and urges you to obtain signatures for the petition.

Please post the signed petition to:
Housing Campaign
c/o The President
Newham Teachers’ Association
NTA Office (Newham NUT)
Direct House (Bridge Road Depot)
Abbey Road
E15 3LX

Or email to president@newhamteachers.org.uk

Text above from an officer of London Teachers’ Housing Campaign, & One Housing Tenants Network.

London Recruits – Thanks to NUT For Support

The NUT Annual Conference gave time and support to the new London Recruits Film that is to be released soon. A book signing session sold copies of the London Recruits book and a bucket collection raised £2000+ towards the film production costs.

The London Recruits Film Team offers their thanks:

Ronnie Kasrils is a former South African Freedom Fighter and then Minister. He worked with the London Recruits in the struggle to overthrow apartheid.

Morning Star Newspaper Features London Recruits

The Morning Star newspaper gave a front page billing, with photo, to the London Recruits.

Inside the newspaper, on page 13, Gordon Main wrote a brilliant 3 column, full length article about the London Recruits and the upcoming movie.

Peter Smith, NTA Secretary and former London Recruit, was interviewed and a photograph of him from that era was featured.

The Morning Star has been a staunch supporter of the London Recruits story, the book and the film.

The NUT Annual Conference gave time and support to the story and ran a trailer of the upcoming film.

Gordon Main and Pete Smith photographed with a copy of the Morning Star and with NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney.
Gordon Main (right) and Pete Smith (left) photographed with a copy of the Morning Star and with NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney (centre).


Morning Star article
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Thanks to the Morning Star for the pdf and their support. Thanks to the NUT Annual Conference organisers for their support. Special thanks to Kevin Courtney for his support and encouragement.