Motions passed at General Meetings and the AGM

General Meeting - 23rd January 2018

posted 30 Jan 2018, 05:43 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary

2)      Nominations for National Elections

General Secretary - Kevin Courtney 

Black Executive Constituency Member - Daniel Kebede 

3)      Prioritisation of 2018 Annual Conference Motions

It was proposed and agreed unanimously that we prioritised the 6 motions previously submitted by Islington.

4, 6, 19, 31, 47 and 64


4)      Election of Islington Delegates to Annual Conference 2018

Nominations have been received for  Tony Buttifint and Paddy de Cleir as delegates and Ken Muller as an observer.

Further nominations were sought from the meeting to fill the remaining vacancies – Harry Madgwick-Lawton and Joseph Vincent were agreed.


5)      Motions submitted by members. 


B)     NHS  


Islington NEU notes the serious situation facing the NHS with Ambulances queuing for hours to hand over seriously ill patients, patients being left in corridors waiting for beds, and operations being postponed.

 We believe that these problems are being caused by an under funding ofm the service with cuts, bed closures, pay restraints and privatisation.

 We support the demonstration called by Health Campaigns Together & The People’s Assembly on Saturday 3rd February in central London and agree to support and publicise the demonstration.


          C)     Banning of the hijab

Islington Teachers Association notes:

1.      The announcement by the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, (19 November, 2017) that Ofsted inspectors will question girls wearing the hijab in primary schools.

2.      The campaign by the Sunday Times to ban the wearing of the hijab in primary schools.

3.      The call by the head of governors at St Stephen’s school in the London Borough of Newham, published in the Sunday Times, that the government should override school autonomy in deciding uniform policy on the hijab.

4.      The majority of victims of anti-Muslim hate crime are women and girls, those wearing the hijab, niqab or robe being disproportionately targeted. The majority of perpetrators being white men.


We believe:

1.      The targeting of dress choices by Muslim women and parents is part of a wider demonisation of Muslim communities and is a form of sexist and racial profiling.

2.      Calls to ban girls from wearing the hijab or to question Muslim school girls on their dress can only further fuel Islamophobic abuse and hate crime against Muslim women and girls and fuel bullying, intolerance and division in our schools.

3.      Reducing the hijab to a symbol of sexualisation, fans racist stereotypes. It ignores other interpretations the hijab holds for individuals such as a display of culture, a sign of faith, or a symbol of empowerment and resistance.

4.      There is a real issue of sexualisation and sexual harassment of girls in schools; however, this is unrelated to the hijab as a chosen form of dress.

5.      The issue of fasting should be a matter of sensitive discussion between schools, parents and a child and should not be subject to mandatory rulings.


We  resolve to:

1.      Write to all governing bodies of primary schools in the division requesting:

i.       They assure all parents that there will be no change in school uniform policy relating to the headscarf.

ii.     They write to Ofsted objecting to any proposals involving discriminatory targeting of Muslim girls on the basis of their dress, including bans or questioning of Muslim girls by inspectors.

2.      Publicise as far as possible opposition in the local press and support campaigns in opposition to any proposals to ban the hijab as an option or introduce government enforcement of particular uniform policies on schools.

3.      To seek support from Islington Council for resisting any proposals to ban the wearing of the hijab in schools.


General Meetings 21st November 2017

posted 23 Nov 2017, 03:24 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 03:25 ]

Motion - Stand up to Racism

Islington Teachers Association agrees:

  1. To continue to affiliate to Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), to publicise its national and local initiatives to our members and to delegate at least one member to attend Islington SUTR planning meetings. (
  2. To support and promote as far as possible the joint SUTR/Care4Calais Winter Appeal and convoy to Calais on Saturday 9 December for refugees still living in Calais and its surrounding area, or in Paris and Brussels.
  3. To donate £50 to the Appeal. (Cheques payable to Care4Calais. Individual donation can be made online at
  4. To urge members to help on the street stalls planned at the Angel and the Nag’s Head in Holloway Road from 2pm on Saturday 25 November to collect for the appeal and advertise the convoy.
  5. To support and send up to six delegates to the SUTR Trade Union Conference on 10 February.
  6. To support and encourage members to attend the March Against Racism in Central London on UN Anti-Racism Day.
  7. To purchase 100 Teachers Stand Up to Racism badges.

 Motions for National Conference


Motions were proposed, discussed and agreed unanimously on the following topics.


1.     Young Teacher: Fighting for a future in our profession   

2.     The Housing Crisis  

3.     Climate change and the curriculum  

4.     Fair Pay for Teachers 

5.     Secondary assessment/Curriculum  

6.     Racism and Migration  

Sexism, Harassment and Stereotyping in Schools

This association notes :

i)                    Recent surveys have highlighted unacceptable levels of sexism and sexual harassment of young girls in schools, much of which is unreported

ii)                   The widespread view that gender stereotyping is getting worse and that there are increased pressures on young people to conform to so called gender norms

iii)                 More than two women are killed in this country every week as a result of “domestic violence” and that this affects many of the children we teach

iv)                 Girls are still underrepresented in STEM subjects and courses

v)                  The success of NUT projects Stereotypes Stop You Doing Stuff and Breaking the Mould

vi)                 Support members and schools to develop resources that will positively affect emotional literacy among male students.

We agree to support a conference proposed  by other NEU Associations on this subject and agree to donate £250 towards the organisational costs.

General Meeting 28th September 2017

posted 3 Oct 2017, 01:36 by NEU ‎(NUT)‎ Secretary

5)      Nominations for National Vice President. Publicity had been received from two candidates, Kauser Jan and John Wiseman.

 Kauser Jan nominated  No other nominations. Passed


6)      Motions

C) Climate Change

 In view of the increasing urgency of the need to take immediate measures to combat climate breakdown shown by the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the floods in Northern India Islington NEU (NUT section) agrees to

1) affiliate to the Campaign Against Climate Change (£25) and to make a donation of £100 to the campaign.

2) circulate our reps with a sustainable schools checklist to take up with management.


 B) Krakow/Auschwitz trip

With the continuing threat from racist and fascist groups across Europe, and the rise of racial violence and open antisemitism since Trump was elected in America, we recognise the crucial role that teachers can play in educating young people about the history of racism and fascism and in providing positive anti-racist and anti-fascist messages to their students.

Islington NEU (NUT) welcomes that fact that Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism are once again organising an educational trip to memorial sites and museums in Krakow, Poland, and the Auschwitz death camp from 16-20 November. In addition to the site visits there will be specialist talks/presentations and a guided walk.

This branch resolves to sponsor at least 2 local members to go on this trip by paying for their costs for hotel/breakfast/trips/lectures. (£225 single room/£140 shared)

Those sponsored would be expected to pay for their own flights and to commit themselves to reporting back from the visit and feeding their insights and knowledge gained into their ongoing education work and into the anti-racist work of the Association.

Priority would be given to young members of the association, and to BAME members.

We agree to support and send delegates to the Stand Up To Racism conference on Saturday 21st October at Friends Meeting House in Central London.

We also agree to support the ‘Where next for the fight against racism?’ Public Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday  10th October at Islington town Hall, organised by Islington SUTR.


A)   D) Pay

Islington Teachers Association notes:

  1. The 14% real cut in teachers’ and other public-sector workers’ pay since 2010 because of the Coalition and Tory government public sector worker pay cap.
  2. The recent Equality Trust analysis which found that FTSE 100 chief executives are now paid 165 times more than a nurse, 140 times more than a teacher, 132 times more than a police officer and 312 times more than a care worker.
  3. Opinion research which finds that a majority of the UK public believe that the pay cap should be scrapped.

We welcome:

  1. Demands by many trade union leaders at this month’s TUC congress that the pay cap should end and that all public-sector workers should get across the board pay rises substantially above the rate of inflation.
  2. Calls at the Congress for public sector trade unions to co-ordinate strike action if necessary to achieve this objective and announcements by the PCS, UCU and POA that they intend to ballot their members on taking such action.
  3. Support from Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell for public-sector workers taking action against the pay cap.
  4. Joint demonstrations that have been called by a number of public-sector unions, including the NUT, and especially the Britain deserves a pay rise – end the pay cap now demonstration and rally in London on 17 October.
  5. The continuation of the successful NUT/NEU schools funding campaign which is complementary to our demand for a pay-rise which goes some way, at least, to restore the value of teachers’ pay to what it was in 2010 and attract sufficient new recruits to the profession.

We agree:

  1. To mobilise as many Islington teachers (and parents) as possible to attend the demonstration on 17 October.
  2. To co-ordinate our efforts with other public-sector trade unions in Islington, as well as well as with parent groups such as Islington Fair Funding for Schools.
  3. To call on the national union to join other public-sector unions in balloting members this term for national strike action against the public sector pay cap, recognising that the widely-acknowledged legitimacy of and support for our demand for a substantial pay-rise means that a ballot outcome which complies with legal requirements is achievable.

Emergency Motion – Young Teachers

This division / association notes:

That teachers under 35 make up 47% of the in service membership of this branch, reflecting the relatively youthful nature of the teaching profession in this area.

45% of respondents to a recent NUT survey of young teachers indicated they're considering quitting the profession in the next five years with unsustainable workload cited as a major factor affecting this. 

In London this is compounded by the high cost of living with 60% of respondents to the London Young Teachers Housing Campaign survey indicating they could not see themselves in London in the next five years, the majority citing the high cost of living as the primary factor driving them out.

These are issues faced by older members but they can be particularly acute for young teachers at the start of their careers and in a more precarious situation.

This branch believes:

(i)             That we must strive to increase the participation of young teachers at branch, regional and national level. This will improve the short term health of the union but is essential for the long term sustainability of a lay-led union.

(ii)            That a conscious effort must be made to facilitate young teachers being active and we will review how the branch operates accordingly.

This branch resolves:

To strive for the percentage of young teachers in the branch to be reflected in those holding positions as reps, officers and conference delegates, while balancing the need to increase representation of under-represented groups.

To disseminate the London Young Teachers Network Fair Workload Charter to reps and members and invite a member of the network to address a future branch meeting. 

To ensure there is an active Young Teacher Officer in post as soon as is practical, in line with the rules of the union. 

To ensure that the Young Teacher Officer has an input into the content of meetings, that issues pertinent to young teachers are routinely included on the agenda and that and that a conscious effort is made to mobilise young teachers for divisional meetings.

B)      Holloway Redevelopment

Islington NEU (NUT):

·  notes the government's plan to sell off the site of Holloway Prison for redevelopment.

·  recognises that London is an increasingly unaffordable city for teachers and other key workers

·  notes that redevelopments left to developers concentrate on high profitability gentrification with a few "affordable" homes tacked on as an afterthought; sometimes with "poor doors"

·  commends the campaign for a Community Plan and open day on 30 September (see attached) which some schools have already circulated to parents.

calls for

·  ALL the housing in the redevelopment to be built for rent, with rents set at a level the average worker can meet

·  For a variety of homes, public spaces and facilities; so the development contains a range of generations with the possibility of building a community

·  For all the buildings erected to be zero carbon and, preferably generating more energy than they use

·  For the local community, including schools, to be involved in the planning and development process

·  For the importance of the historical site in the fight for women's suffrage to be publically marked.


General Meeting 27th June 2017

posted 3 Jul 2017, 04:04 by general office

A      General Election Result and Further Cuts Campaign

Islington NUT believes the outcome of the general election shows there is huge backing for social justice and anti-austerity policies in this country. The proposed deal for a minority government supported by the DUP is a deal with a homophobic, anti-choice and bigoted organisation whose views are rejected by the majority of the population in this country and are at odds with the ethos and policies of our union.

 We note the excellent role the NUT played in the election campaign, along with parents’ organisations and others, and believe it played a key role in shaping the campaign against austerity.

 We agree to send a message to Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornbury thanking them for putting education at the forefront of their campaigns.

 We further agree to:

1. Congratulate the NUT on the role it played in the campaign with evidence showing large numbers of people changed their voting intentions because of it.

2. Continue working with Fair Funding for All Schools and other parent organisations to encourage more parental involvement in our area and to consider what campaigning activities we can organise this term.

3.Call upon the national union to continue to work to expand the campaign against cuts, and against SATs, and other regressive polices such as the re-introduction of grammar schools.

4. Back action in any school or team threatened by cuts.

5. Support the London demonstration called for Sunday 16th July and encourage all members to attend.

6. Work with sister unions and parent organisations and others to organise a national demonstration against education cuts in the autumn term.

7. Ask the executive to consider taking national strike action in the autumn term alongside or in addition to such a demonstration.

8. We welcome the formation of the Islington Parents fair funding for schools group and agree to support its activities.


 Democratic Unionist Party

Islington NUT is appalled by the proposed deal being arranged between the Tory party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order for them to form a minority government.

 We note that the DUP:

  •   has supported the grammar school system, segregation of school students on the basis of religion and the introduction and maintenance of university fees and several of its senior members have supported the introduction of the teaching of creationism in schools alongside or as an alternative to science
  • has long been a staunch opponent of marriage equality and reproductive rights
  • has no policy on climate change and several senior members, including a former minister for the environment have denied the existence of climate change
  • supports investment in a replacement nuclear weapons programme for Trident.
  • maintains the support of and close ties to the para-military organisations the Ulster Defence Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force
  • has supported sectarianism through its support for the the Orange Order and Islamophobia through its association with and support for Pastor James McConnell and his comments that Islam is "heathen," "satanic," and "a doctrine spawned in hell."

We recognise that such views are at odds with the ethos and policies of our union and we firmly oppose them.


Austerity Fight Film

ITA notes that Phil Maxwell, a previous member at C & I, is making a feature length documentary film about campaigns against austerity. The film will be premiered at the East End Film festival in London this year. The film will aim to give a voice to those who are not normally heard including those who are suffering from austerity and are actively campaigning against it. NUT members have been interviewed for the film.

ITA welcomes the Austerity Fight film and agrees to donate £100 towards its production.


Grenfell Fire

Islington NUT believes that the Grenfell Tower fire is not a “failure of the state” (T.May) but a failure of the government and ruling party to take its responsibility for the care and safety of all citizens seriously. In particular they have

  •         discouraged concern for health and safety and sought to deregulate building standards
  •         encouraged a climate where private contractors building or renovating social housing have felt able to cut corners, do shoddy work, use cheap and inadequate materials and bully tenants and service users not to complain about it.
  •         sought to “socially cleanse” central London of anyone unable to afford market rents.
  •        failed so badly at local level in co-ordinating the emergency response that essential support work has had to be carried out by other councils and voluntary groups.

Those elements of the emergency services that they have not managed to cut responded heroically; and communities across London have shown a human solidarity that puts the government to shame.

We support the call for:

  •         empty houses and flats bought as investments and left empty to be Compulsory Purchased by the state and for the surviving former tenants of Grenfell to be rehoused in them at the rents they were paying previously and for this to be seen as a precedent for dealing with housing need.
  •         combustible cladding materials such as that use on Grenfell to be banned immediately and removed with full funding from central government.
  •         all contractors and the TMO to be held accountable for their failures.
  •         all people conducting fire risk assessments to be properly trained.
  •         the public inquiry to fully engage with the tenants and their action group and tenants and their legal representatives to be funded by government
  •         the resignation of all those responsible for this, starting with the  leader of the council and the former Minister for Housing, Gavin Barwell, now the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, for his failure to review fire safety in tower blocks following the recommendations of the report into the Lakanal House fire
  •        all councils to immediately retro fit all tower blocks with sprinklers to be funded by the government
  •         the reversal of cuts to fire service and the stepping up of their fire safety role.
  •         the government to requisition high quality temporary accommodation for those displaced from homes in Kensington and those affected in Camden
  •         an immediate updated of building regulations
  •        meaningful consultation with residents in all social housing.

We  note that there has never been a death by fire in a building fitted with sprinklers and recognise that the government’s plan to downgrade the planning regulations for new schools in England contrary to the advice of the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, the Fire Sector Federation, the Chief Fire Officers Association, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), as well as NUT, so that in the new Building Bulletin
  •         the previous requirement to install sprinklers was made optional
  •         there would no longer any encouragement to use non-combustible cladding
  •         cloakrooms were removed from the list of places that are considered a special fire risk.

was only withdrawn as a result of the outcry arising from this fire.
We further recognise that this government will do only as much as it is forced to do on this matter and as little as it can get away with and that deregulation in the interests of cutting costs is its default position.

We resolve to :

  •         clarify with the council the position of all schools in relation to cladding and sprinklers
  •        write to the secretary of state expressing these concerns, to copy in our local MPs
  •       Write to the Tribune and the Gazette

Finsbury Park Terorist Attack

 Islington NUT sends its support and condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters attacked in Finsbury Park last night. 

 This was an Islamophobic terrorist attack, designed to inflict maximum harm and fear among Muslims not just in Islington but throughout the UK.

 It was aimed at dividing our community at a time when we need to be united against racism, war and austerity.

 Islington NUT stands in solidarity with those killed or injured in last night's attack and with all their friends and relatives.

 We treasure our Muslim pupils,parents and teachers in Islington and will do everything in our power to support and defend them.



General Meeting 9th May 2017

posted 15 May 2017, 08:09 by general office

 Motion on Primary Testing

ITA fully supports the Union’s policy objective to bring about change in the system of primary assessment and the removal of SATs and high stakes testing.  We commend the work done by all those involved in The More Than a Score coalition and the work they have done on promoting an alternative to the current assessment system

We believe that the reforms announced by the current government, although a step in the right direction, do not significantly change the experience of children and teachers, or address the profession’s fundamental concerns.

We therefore fully support the decision taken by delegates at the unions Easter conference to conduct an internal NUT ballot of all primary members during the Autumn term to ascertain the levels of commitment for members in refusing to administer KS2 tests and if there is sufficient support shown ballot members as appropriate for a boycott of the 2018 SATs.

 Clean Energy

Islington NUT notes that 67 local authorities have pledged to take measures to use 100% clean energy by 2050.

We congratulate Islington for being one of these and resolve to write to the lead councillor on the environment asking:

1.      for an outline of the council’s plans to achieve this, particularly as they apply to schools

2.      for the council to disinvest from any remaining fossil fuel stocks held by the LA pension fund or other investments.

We agree to support the "Fossil free Islington" event at the Town Hall on Saturday 13th May to recognise the positive steps taken so far and urge their acceleration.

We further agree to pass this motion on to the Trades Council and circulate to other LA unions and local MPs.


Islington NUT is shocked by the government's announcement that it would make first use of nuclear weapons in some circumstances. We recognise that this would be a crime against humanity for which there can be no justification.

We therefore resolve to

1.      Re-affiliate to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (at a cost of £25).

2.      Put a link to their peace education department on our website and alert our members to it by email.

Emergency resolution on EIS dispute.

ITA Agrees to send a message of support to the EIS in their current dispute and asks the committee to consider making a donation to their strike fund.


General Meeting 22nd September 2016

posted 26 Sep 2016, 04:44 by general office

  London Recruits 

ITA notes that a film is now being planned telling the story of the London Recruits. These were brave women and men who risked their lives in solidarity with the liberation struggle. Many were trade unionists, including members of the NUT.

At a time when ANC membership was banned, its activists executed or imprisoned, people travelled to South Africa disguised as honeymooning couples, tourists and business trippers to carry out clandestine missions.

From 1969, under the noses of the police, the recruits unfurled banners from landmarks, exploded home-made leaflet bombs at packed train stations and played rousing speeches to crowds from improvised sound systems, signaling to thousands of Africans living under the regime that the struggle for freedom was very much alive.

ITA agrees to donate £100 towards the making of the film so that now, nearly 50 years on, the legacy of their work can be celebrated on film.

Political Events   


Islington NUT resolves:

1.    To support the “unwelcome the Tories” protest called by the People’s Assembly at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on Sunday 2 October and contribute £100 to the cost of hiring a coach from Islington to the demonstration and pay for coach tickets for those who wish to attend.

2.    To support and send up to six delegates to the Stand up to Racism national conference on 8 October which will be addressed by Jeremy Corbyn and our General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, among other speakers.

3.    To support and send up to six delegates to Unite the Resistance’s Organising to Win :Rebuilding Our Unions, Fighting Austerity conference on Saturday 12 November.


Marx Memorial Library   

ITA notes:

·         That the Marx Memorial Library has been a home for radical thought and activity since 1933

·         That it holds very valuable historical archives and collections, including material about the Spanish Civil War unavailable anywhere else

·         That the Library relies entirely on personal and organisational donations from individuals and groups, mainly trade unions

We believe;

·         That it is crucial to have spaces such as the Library where working people can discover their history and organise present struggles

·         That actively involving ourselves in the work and activity of the Library will be mutually beneficial and will help to link up our battles with those of others.


ITA therefore resolves;

·         To affiliate to the Library at a cost of £25.00 per year

·         To make a one off donation of £50

·         To circulate to our members information about the Library and it's programme of events and activities


 Cable Street 80 


ITA notes that October 2016 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street when the people of East London won a crucial victory over Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Trade unionists played a significant role in the Battle on that day and continue to play a key role in the urgent fight against fascism and all forms of racism today. The Cable Street 80 committee have called on trade unionists to support a march and rally in East London on Sunday October 9th. This event will honour the victory in 1936, and express our commitment to combating those who emulate Mosley’s movement today.

ITA agrees to support this march and rally by urging our members to join this march, and by donating £100 towards the costs of the event.


NUT campaign on funding and the White Paper 

ITA notes that the threat posed to our pay and conditions has not been diminished by the change of Prime Minister and Education Secretary. In fact we believe that with the possible reintroduction of grammar schools they are in even more danger.

We further note that the strike action taken by Islington members in July led to the full closure of 31 schools, with 14 others being closed to more than 50% of pupils. This strike action was taken by members with the clear message that it was not to be a one day protest and that it would be followed by further action in the autumn term.

We are therefore disappointed to hear that the National Executive has not named any dates for strike action so far this term. Whilst we recognise that we have not as yet got agreement from other educational unions to join us we believe that it is vital that we build on the strike action taken in July if we are to defend our pay and conditions of service, even if this means acting alone.

                  We believe

that although the government is in disarray after the EU referendum, in education as well as broader policy, they are

·   certain to press ahead with funding reductions, especially for urban schools

·   trying to stick to the assessment system that was such a mess this year

that our past strikes and broader campaigning have been instrumental in recent government retreats

·  the STPCD decision not to make it possible to move teachers back down the pay scale

·  the partial climb down on forced academisation

that the government's proposal to re-establish selection at 11

·  is a massive own goal on their part

·  will enable us to build a very broad united front to mobilise opposition in our communities and defeat it in Parliament

that for our campaigns on these matters to have the maximum impact we need

·  the strongest possible grassroots action in all our schools, not only mobilising members but also TAs and their unions along with parents and the wider community

·  to link up with others taking action on the same issues, like the NAHT on assessment, or similar issues, like the Junior Doctors on cuts and enforced changes in contract.

·  to take full advantage of the willingness of the new Labour leadership and front bench to support us unambiguously

We therefore resolve

1.      to produce a leaflet for parents making our case in sharp, clear language.

2.      to organise as many school based union group meetings as we can this term so that members are fully up to speed and prepared to campaign.

3.      to support school union groups that feel confident enough to organise meetings for parents so we can build supportive parent networks.

4.      to ask Islington North and South Labour Parties to take a speaker from the NUT on our campaigns this term.

5.      to organise three successive street stalls this term: on grammar schools, assessment and (once the proposal is clear) funding.

6.      to campaign for the maximum support and turn out for the Assessment Conference in December and the strongest possible turn out in the indicative ballot this term.

General Meeting 28th June 2016

posted 30 Jun 2016, 05:48 by general office   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 00:34 ]

1) Motion on Orlando

ITA is appalled at the tragedy which has unfolded in Orlando following the massacre by a lone gunman at a gay nightclub. ITA sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have been affected. We believe that the hatred shown by the attacker has no place in a civilised society. Schools and education have a significant role in preventing the development of hatred towards LGBT+ communities. This tragedy underlines the need for schools to continue to play their part in fighting intolerance. We stand in solidarity with the gay community in Orlando and internationally who have been targeted in this horrendous way.

We also condemn the way in which some sections of US society including Donald Trump tried to divert the blame to Muslims. We oppose homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and racism in all its forms.


2)  Motion on the Voice of Gaza

            Islington Teachers Association agrees to donate £200 to the Voice of Gaza, an after-school organisation set up by fellow teachers to improve the quality of 

            education to Gazan  students who live under permanent occupation.

           3)  Emergency Motion on Jeremy Corbyn

             ITA sends a message of solidarity to Jeremy Corbyn in the light of his long standing support for Islington NUT and local schools.

             His key policies of support for refugees; opposition to neo-liberalism and austerity; and opposition to illegal wars are all policies supported by the ITA 

             and the national union.

General Meeting 24th February 2016

posted 29 Feb 2016, 01:36 by general office   [ updated 29 Feb 2016, 01:37 ]

1.       Elections for vacant officer posts:

Vice-President - RA

Equalities - RA

Young Teachers - NI

International Solidarity - DR

Supply Teachers - DG

2.       Amendments to motion to Easter 2016 NUT Conference:

Motion 9        Workload, Teacher Shortage and Funding

Add two new paragraphs before "Conference instructs the executive".
"Conference welcomes the decision of the People's Assembly Against Austerity to call a national demonstration for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education on Saturday April 16th and believes this is a great opportunity to promote our campaigns.

Conference congratulates all those school groups who have acted collectively to win improvements in policies, procedures and practices - we not that sometimes this has involved no more than a series of meetings, sometimes the threat of action has been enough and sometimes strike action has been necessary."

Add two new points after "Conference instructs the executive to:

d)promote the People's Assembly demonstration to members and local associations,urging them to build for the best possible turnout by NUT members

e)continue to promote our success at school level in order to encourage others."

f)review, update and republish the ASOS guidelines to schools, taking account of the Ofsted "myth-busting clarifications" and Annex C from the Workload Challenge;

g)produce a step by step guide for NUT Reps and members on how to use these new guidelines in seeking to win improvements in their school.


Motion 33      Teaching by Numbers

After “Conference instructs the executive to:” add new point g

g) commission as a matter of urgency - working with supportive experts -  a series of short   videos, each less than 5 minutes in length, hosted on the NUT website and suitable for showing in school union meetings which each target and debunk one of the many myths or lies around data in education.  These could include, for example: “The myth of linear progress”; “Blue, Green: are the Raise Online labels really significant?” and many others.  


Motion 16       Teacher Shortage

Add at the end of first paragraph ‘and therefore damaging the education of our young people.

Add new paragraph 2 and 3:

Conference notes that increasing numbers of teachers are leaving the profession citing excessive workload, and the lack of trust that underlies the constant surveillance and monitoring of teachers, and prevents them from exercising professional judgement.

Conference further notes that having access to genuinely affordable housing, whether to buy or rent, is increasingly difficult for many teachers, especially in the south east of England.

Add new paragraph 5:

Conference condemns existing and planned cuts in education spending, which are increasingly being used to hide the teacher shortage, while in fact restricting the curriculum, cutting support from the most vulnerable students and leading to an unsustainable workload for teachers and support staff.

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Campaign with parents, students, teacher, headteacher and support staff trade unions, governors, local and national politicians and others to oppose cuts in education funding, and to develop a more humane and sustainable education system which allows all students to flourish.

Motion 20       Education Funding

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Conference further notes that proposals for so called ‘fair funding’ are anything but fair, and would, if implemented, devastate education in areas such as London that have made significant progress and enhanced students’ life chances in recent years as a result of increased funding, schools working together and hard work by teachers and support staff.

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Conference recognises that a campaign to fight education cuts of any kind has the potential to be huge if it reaches beyond teacher and support staff trade unions to involve headteachers, parents, students, governors, local and national politicians and others, and engages with schools at a local level.

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4. Encourage local Associations and Divisions to work with local schools and all those committed to defending education to build campaigns against cuts in educational funding.

3.       Motions. The meeting agreed to take two emergency motions

(a) Heathrow 13

ITA agrees to send a message of support to the Heathrow 13.

(b) Stand up to racism public meeting and demonstration.

ITA congratulates Stand Up To Racism for calling a public meeting at Islington Town Hall on Monday 29th February as part of the build up to the National Demonstration against racism and fascism in London on 19th March.


ITA notes that the NUT Deputy General Secretary will be among the speakers at this meeting and that the meeting will be chaired by an Islington ITA member.  


At a time when racist attacks are continuing and racist press coverage against refugees and migrants is widespread, teachers can play a vital role in challenging prejudiced attitudes and fostering positive relations within school communities. 

But the demands on teachers from the Government’s deeply unsatisfactory “Prevent” programme are threatening to undermine teachers’ ability to support all pupils and to treat them all equally, especially pupils from Muslim communities.


ITA therefore encourages members to attend this meeting and requests the ITA committee to consider donating £100 towards costs of publicity etc for this meeting.


AGM 24th February 2016

posted 29 Feb 2016, 01:32 by general office

1. Minutes of last AGM agreed with no matters arising.

2. TB reported on election results.

3. No president installed.(AM on Maternity Leave)

4. Financial report given by TB agreed with no matters arising.

5. H&S report given by PA

6. Auditors and scrutineers.

 TB nominated PC and AV . Seconded KM. Passed unanimously

7. Rule change motions:


   Add Supply Teacher Officer to rules 6b and 6j

General Meeting 21st January 2016

posted 25 Jan 2016, 03:21 by general office


2.     Nomination and Election of ITA delegates and observers to National Conference  

5 nominations had been received for Conference delegates so the following were elected unopposed. Paul Atkin, Tony Buttifint, Dave Gilchrist, Ceinwen Hilton and Ken Muller.

There still existed 1 vacancy for a delegate and 2 for observers so nominations for these were sought at the meeting.

Michael Shepherd was nominated for delegate. Cat Tookey and Pippa Dowswell were nominated for observers. All three were elected.

3.     Prioritisation of Motions for National Conference

The meeting agreed to prioritise motions

1. Supply Teachers

16. Climate Change

34. Prevent Strategy

42. Sixth Form College Funding

58 The European Union

75. Fair Pay

4.     Motions - The meeting agreed to take emergency motions on (i) Simon O’Hara (ii) Funding Cuts (iii) TUC Week of Action against the Trade Union Bill

A) Motion on Simon O’Hara

ITA agrees to send a message of solidarity offering its full support to the members at Small Heath School, Birmingham in their fight to get the NUT rep Simon O’Hara reinstated.

We believe that Simon’s suspension is an act of trade union victimisation as a result of the leading role he has played on behalf of NUT members in the campaign against academisation and in challenging unreasonable management led initiatives.

B) Motion on the TUC week of Action Against the Trade Union Bill

ITA notes that the TUC is running a special week of action against the trade union bill in England and Wales from 8th to 14th February.

With this government determined to shift the balance of power in the workplace in favour of employers and attempting to get the Trade Union Bill through Parliament with as little scrutiny as possible it is vital that we keep the bill in the public eye and to remind people why unions are so important.

ITA agrees to promote and encourage members to take part in the following events:

1)     At 12.45pm on Tuesday 9 February, the TUC will be running ‘The Big Workplace Meeting’. The TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and some very special guests will be broadcasting a short Q&A live into workplace meetings around the country. We encourage schools to organize union meetings in their schools to coincide with this presentation  which can be found by going to The event will last for 15 minutes.

2)     On Thursday 11 February the TUC is asking every trade union member to do something to make trade unions visible and proud in their community. (Suggestions can be found at )

3)     Try to recruit at least one other person to join a union – because together, we are stronger.

C) Motion on funding cuts


1. The government are raiding our school budgets


This association notes:


a) that the combination of a “cash-freeze”, and the cut to sixth form funding are already squeezing school budgets across the country;


b) that the government’s proposals for a new National Funding Formula will have the effect of taking money from school budgets in London and redistributing elsewhere.


c) that the new funding system announced by the government will take nearly 13% from local school budgets over the next five years.


We believe that these cuts will have serious effect on education in our local schools.


We note that whilst some areas of the country desperately need more money for education that this should not be done at the expense of other places.


We note that London schools have been well funded because our children need it and the extra money has been spent on supporting the children who need it most.  As consequence education in London has been a great success.


We call on all heads, governors, school staff and councillors to come together in a campaign to fight these cuts and to defend education


This association  resolves to:

i) make it a priority to build a broad-based local campaign against these cuts and to use the NUT’s Manifesto for London’s education in doing this;

ii) encourage school groups to build the campaign amongst parents, governors and the local community;

iii) seek information from headteachers on the likely impact of these cuts to the budget in their school.

iv) support initiatives aimed at building the campaign and challenging the government’s policy such as the meeting on funding called by Catherine West MP and Camden NUT Secretary Andrew Baisley at Room R, Portcullis House at 5.30pm on Wednesday 3rd February

v)  support the London-wide campaign against education cuts, including plans for a demonstration before the mayoral election.

D)    Motion on junior doctors and NHS health care students

  Islington Teachers Association fully supports the strike action currently being taken by junior doctors in defence of their working hours, their pay and the safety of their patients.

We also support the protest action by health care students against plans to replace their bursaries with student loans.

Aneurin Bevan warned: “The NHS will last as longs there are folk left with the faith left to fight for it”.

We recognise that that the doctors and students are fighting not just for themselves but also in defence of our NHS - which Jeremy Hunt and the Tories are intent on dismantling and privatising, if they get their way.

We call on Islington teachers to give maximum support to the strikes and protest by junior doctors and health care students and whatever further action they decide to take.

We agree:

1.       To write to Jeremy Hunt calling on him to stop his attacks on junior doctors and health care students.

2.       To send messages of solidarity to both junior doctors and health care students.

3.       To make a donation of £100 to the junior doctors’ strike hardship fund.


E) Renewal of Trident missile system

Islington NUT recognises that the pending decision to spend upwards of £100 billion on a replacement for the Trident missile system is a grotesque waste of resources and helps make this country a threat to the rest of the world.
We note that this is being taken at the same time that other budgets, from schools to flood defences, to local authorities are being cut and the fabric of our society is deteriorating.
We welcome the opposition to this from Jeremy Corbyn, Plaid Cymru and the SNP.
We recognise that opposition to war (and its costs) is an essential part of support for social justice (at home and abroad).
We support the national demonstration to oppose Trident renewal called by CND and others for 27th February and will encourage as many of our members to attend as possible, and call on the national union to do likewise.
We will circulate a (hard copy) poster for this on the theme, Schools not Trident and organise a contingent on the march.

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