Conference Resolutions 2018

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Motion #17
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Inner London

THAT Conference notes with concern the rise in the numbers of education professionals who have cut their employed hours from full time to part time in order to try to regain an effective life-work balance. Conference also notes that often these part-time workers still work fulltime hours.

Motion #18
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Derbyshire and Derby City

THAT Conference notes the following comments made in a speech by Amanda Spielman, HM chief inspector, at the Festival of Education on 23 June 2017:

Motion #19
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Somerset

THAT Conference believes that there is too much power and not enough accountability around the workings of the RSCs and headteacher boards. Further, Conference believes that there should be transparency over their roles, composition and decision-making.

Motion #20
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Somerset

THAT Conference believes that the capability process is often abused, contributing to the large number of teachers leaving the profession.

Motion #21
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference notes that it has been reported that in some independent schools, especially ones that are privately owned, there is no governing body elected.

Motion #22
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Isle of Wight

THAT Conference is concerned over the increasing lack of oversight of violent behaviour by students towards staff.

Motion #23
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Brent

THAT Conference notes that the Grenfell fire showed how ignoring and weakening safety regulations in order to cut costs led to the horrific deaths of about 80 residents.

Motion #24
Carried
Mon, 2018
  • Hertfordshire

THAT Conference is concerned that budget cuts are already affecting schools and that many school buildings are deteriorating.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

Motion #25
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Brent

THAT Conference believes that there has been an alarming increase in alleged corruption within education as we see ever-more frequent reports of scandals to do with alleged corruption in academies and free schools.

Motion #26
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Norfolk

THAT Conference recognises that teachers and support staff often provide class resources from their own personal finances due to the cuts in funding to schools, and recognises that with the reduction in value of teachers’ salaries in real terms, this is no longer viable or acceptable.

Motion #27
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Berkshire

THAT Conference notes that, with school budgets already stretched due to the funding crisis, the apprenticeship levy is an unnecessary cost for education establishments, which could use this money to support students to develop the skills and gain the qualifications required to access apprentices

Motion #28
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Kent

THAT Conference deplores the narrowing of the post-16 curriculum with the diminishing currency of non-core subjects. Creative, applied and vocational subjects are being offered in a decreasing number of centres as a result of school performance data and the funding crisis.

Motion #29
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • ESSEX, SOUTHEND AND THURROCK

THAT Conference notes that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to all schools and colleges from May 2018.

Motion #30
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

THAT Conference notes the current housing crisis in the UK.

Motion #31
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference believes that a central plank of securing the status and quality of any profession is in the maintenance of a credible and consistent pay mechanism. In the FE sector this does not exist.

Motion #32
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland

THAT Conference notes that, since the pay freeze was first imposed in 2010-11, teachers’ pay in Northern Ireland has fallen in real terms by some 15%. Starting salaries of those new to the profession in Northern Ireland stand some 16% behind the OECD average.

Motion #33
Withdrawn
Tue, 2018
  • North Wales

THAT Conference instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council take all possible steps to seek to ensure that the devolution of school teachers’ pay and conditions will not further depress teachers’ pay in Wales.

Motion #34
Carried as amended
Tue, 2018
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

THAT Conference notes with concern recent research showing that, despite the statutory 20- week time limit from a request for assessment being made to the issuing of the final EHC plan, only 59.2% of EHC plans were issued within the 20-week time limit in 2015.

Motion #34
AMENDMENT
Motion #34
Tue, 2018
  • Executive Committee

Delete from ‘produce’ in the last paragraph to the end of the motion and replace with:

(i) commission guidance and advice for parents and education professionals, which includes: • the legal timelines for each part of the EHC plan and annual review processes

Motion #35
Carried
Tue, 2018
  • COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS RECEIVED FROM DURHAM AND HERTFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS

THAT Conference agrees that every child is entitled to an education and that no child should be forgotten.