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.