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					BRADFORD                                                                                                 BRADFORD
                                  BRADFORD
                          NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS

                                        Newsletter
                                           September 2009

 October 2009

                                                                                                               Celebrate
                                                                                               black culture and history
                  Performance                                                       and the contribution of black
 Management, drop-ins, learning                                                     people to the city. Admission is
 walks - there is an increasing                                                     free to almost all events.
 number of lesson observations
 under one guise or another which                                                   For details of all events visit
 are adding significantly to the           “No” to this kind of learning walk       www.bradfordblackhistory.net or
 workload and stress of members.                                                    www.bradford.gov.uk/events

 There is guidance to limit the                                                     Here are a few examples:
 number of observations for
 performance management, but                                                        Saturday October 3rd 2009
 there is unfortunately no such                     In many schools “rarely         Launch Day Celebration
 guidance to limit the observations        cover” is working well, but there        Dixons City Academy
 a Headteacher can claim are               might be difficulties in some            12noon-6pm.
 necessary to monitor teaching and         schools which haven’t used the           Contact Marva Brown 01274
 learning. Does this mean there is         three year preparation period            431457 or Rudi Clarke 01274
 nothing we can do about incessant         properly. But this is not the fault of   431545
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 visits which cause anxiety, stress        teachers. Remember, you now              Thursday 8        October 2009
 and possibly illness?                     have a contractual right to be           International Soiree & Cultural
                                           required to cover only rarely, in        Market
  No it doesn’t. Although Heads            genuine emergencies. The NUT             Bradford University
 have a duty to know what is               believes that this should not be         12noon-7.00pm. Contact: Kanja
 happening in classrooms, they             more than once, or perhaps twice         Sesay-0750 668 4497
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 must not place unreasonable               a year – and some years should           Sunday 11 October 2009
 demands on people. If you believe         be completely cover free.                An     Audience     with   Trevor
 lesson observations in your school        Please contact the office if you are     Phillips OBE
 are unreasonable, ask your School         still covering in your                   Bradford     Cathedral,   7.30pm-
 Rep to call a union meeting and/or        school.                                  10.00pm
 contact the union office for advice.                                               Contact: Cathedral secretary -
                                                                                    01274 777720
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 In some schools an acceptable                    Primary members are invited       Saturday October 24 Concert
 protocol for classroom visits has         to a meeting from 4.30 – 5.30 on         Checkpoint (BWICCA)
 been successfully negotiated. The                      th
                                           Tuesday 13 October at the NUT            45 Westgate, Bradford, 7-10pm
 NUT’s policy is that in any one           office (address below) to discuss        Contact: Carmen on 01274
 Performance Management cycle              how the proposed boycott will            722996
 there should be a maximum of              operate in schools. Please bring
 three hours of lesson observation         us your knowledge of what would
 for Performance Management                be feasible so that we can plan
 AND for monitoring teaching and           meaningful action that you will be                   A Training Day for Reps
 learning. Details of this policy are      able to implement. Our next              in Primary and Special Schools is
 on www.nut.org.uk Click                   SATs Day of Action is on                 planned. If you are interested
 Campaigns in left column. If                           th
                                           Saturday 17 October.                     contact deane@bradfordnut.org or
 observations are causing problems         Please sign petition now in              ring to say when you’re available
 get together and let your Head            school. See your School Rep.             so we can choose a convenient
 know.                                                                              date. Hope to see you there.



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          please contact the office with your email address.
BRADFORD NUT, 22 EDMUND STREET, BRADFORD, BD5 0BH
               TEL:01274 414664/FAX: 01274 414665
 e-mail: “name”@bradfordnut.org website www.bradfordnut.org
   If you would like future copies of Newsletters emailing to you,
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