Islington District - National Education Union

Women's Aid 

Thank you for your generous donation of £500.00.

By supporting our work, you are enabling incredible changes to happen for women and children who have been living in fear in their own home.

We would not be able to provide our life changing services without your help. Services like Women's Aid Live Chat, which supports thousands of women.

"I chose Live Chat as I struggle to vocalise what I need to say about this. I justify him. I cry. I can't handle hearing myself say the words out loud yet. This way I got help without dissolving completely. It has given me a new approach and lots of support so I can keep planning my future."

We want to build a world where women are empowered to live a life free of fear of violence or abuse. Together we can make this happen.

On behalf of everyone here at Women's Aid, thank you once again for your incredible contribution.

Kind regards,

Faye Connelly
Fundraising Manager

Save the Children Afghanistan Appeal

Dear Tony


On behalf of Save the Children, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for your generous donation of £500 towards our Emergency Fund in response to the NEU’s Afghanistan Appeal. I’m delighted to confirm that the NEU has collectively contributed £26,365 to our Emergency Fund, which allows us to help children in Afghanistan and other disasters around the world to stay safe, healthy, and learning.


As you will be aware, 2021 was a desperate year for Afghanistan’s children and now widespread hunger and freezing winter weather are making things even worse. Since the beginning of 2021, together with organisations like the NEU, we ​have supported over 720,000 children with our programmes in Afghanistan and we are continuing to scale up our response, to help thousands more children survive the toughest time in their lives.


It’s true – the crisis in Afghanistan is complicated; brought on by drought, conflict, economic collapse, Covid-19, and a health service on its knees. But what matters right now is that we’re pulling together to help Afghanistan’s children to make it through this.


Working with communities and local partners, our dedicated teams in Afghanistan have been working tirelessly to help children continue learning, reaching ​18,231 children since our ​education programming was able to resume in September 2021. They’ve been holding classes for those who can’t go to school – whether that’s because of fear or harassment, cultural barriers or simply living too far away – as well as providing safe spaces for children to play, learn and recover from distressing experiences.

In this video, Kristiana Marton, Humanitarian Manager, gives a brief update on the educational situation in Afghanistan and the life-saving benefits of education interventions.


Please do pass on our thanks to your fellow members for their role in helping children in Afghanistan to continue learning through some of their toughest days and start to rebuild their lives.


Kind regards,




Laura Skinner | Save the Children | Senior Partnerships Manager


Asbestos Memorial



Please thank your members for the generous donation of £250 towards our memorial to remember those who have died from exposure to asbestos and those who still work in contaminated buildings.


We hope that you can join us on April 28th, Workers Memorial Day, for the unveiling of the memorial in Barking Town Hall Square.




Mick Houghton


Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council


Members at City & Islington Sixth Form College Strike action 

I am pleased to report another fantastic victory for the NEU. After 6 days of strike action members at City and Islington college have achieved an agreement with the college which: removes the grading of lesson observations which took place during the pandemic, reduces the amount of time members will be required to carry out prospective student interviews from a proposed 30 hours to 6, and introduces a consultation protocol to cover any future changes to members working conditions.
Good progress has also been made on negotiations surrounding further potential action on the pay award for 2020/21, potential redundancies due to restructuring, summer 2021 enrolment and a new observation policy. We are optimistic that a successful resolution to these issues will be achieved soon. If not the college have been given a clear demonstration that members are prepared to act to achieve their demands.
Members have shown by their actions, and lively picket lines, how standing together can cause a positive change in their working lives. Special mention should go to our reps who have been a prime example for the unions organising strategy.

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Big thanks to your members for contributing £100 to Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition.  It is particularly welcome to receive support from the NEU as the NHS is suffering many similar issues as Education, particularly the privatisation of the running of bits of it, underfunding and very poor pay leading to shortages of staff.

Whittington Hospital is currently facing TWO court cases. One relating to a missed diagnosis of cervical cancer, an area of medicine in which they have been world leaders. So that is shocking. And the case in which we are involved, where Grenfell contractors are suing the Hospital for FOURTEEN MILLION pounds for deciding not to procure them to loan money and to plan for their Estate Strategy. This whole debacle relates to the refusal of the Government to finance much needed hospital development and of course the use of private and reckless private companies who put profits before safety.

Our fightback is costly. So your support is great. Of course, there will be more battles to fight under the new Government.

With thanks and in solidarity

 A qualified teacher for every child in every lesson  Allow councils to open new schools where they are needed Consult the profession properly on changes to the curriculum and to examinations  Don’t test the very youngest  Fund schools and colleges properly Remove excessive workload and pointless bureaucracy  End performance related pay for teachers  Reverse unfair pension changes  Ensure government/union talks are about policies rather than just their implementation  Make sure we have enough teachers