Aspiring to Leadership – 1-2 December 2017

Designed to specifically support black teachers in their second to fifth year of teaching who are interested in developing their leadership skills and knowledge. The NUT uses the term ‘Black’ in a political context to encompass all members who self-identify as Black or Asian and all other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as White. This two-day seminar will enable you to develop skills in planning your route map to leadership, your leadership skills and your awareness of career development options.

Date: Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd December 2017

Venue: NUT HQ, Hamilton House, London. WC1H 9BD.

Fee: Free for NEU (NUT) members, £150 for non-members

Book onto this course here.

Introductory Certificate in Transactional Analysis – 30 November -1 December 2017

This course has two parts and it is mandatory to attend both.

Part One: 30 November – 1 December (Thur-Friday)
Part Two: 1 March 2018 (Thur)

Transactional analysis (TA) is a way of making sense of the relational aspects of teaching and learning in both the classroom and staffroom contexts. Leading on from the behaviour-focused courses in the NUT programme, this certificated training will provide participants with:

  • psychological models for encouraging healthy emotional development
  • material for using TA directly with students and developing a whole school strategy
  • ideas for getting the best out of pupils, parents and colleagues
  • tools to look beyond behaviour management and into relationships and pedagogy
  • the internationally recognised Introductory Certificate in Transactional Analysis

The course is divided into two parts allowing participants to try techniques and ideas back in the classroom and then reflect on their practice.

Date: Thursday 30 November – Friday 1 December 2017
Venue: TBC – Residential
Fee: £75 for NUT members, £150 for non-members
Book onto this course here.

Equal Access to Promotion – 24-25 November 2017

Equal Access to Promotion is a development programme specifically designed for black teachers in their fifth to twelfth year of teaching who already have some leadership responsibilities. The NUT uses the term ‘Black’ in a political context to encompass all members who self-identify as Black or Asian and all other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as White.

This programme aims to raise your influence as leaders in school in order to impact on student learning and wellbeing. As part of your learning you will have the opportunity to carry out specific, mutually agreed, school-based projects that produce evidence relating to leadership, management and professional development issues.

Please read this document before making an application.

Date: Friday 14th – Saturday 25th November 2017

Venue: TBC

Fee: Free for NUT members, £150 for non-members

Book onto this course here.

International Solidarity Learning and Development – 18-19 November 2017

A course for NUT members to enhance their teaching and learning practice on global issues and promote the NUT’s work as active international solidarity officers. By the end of the course, participants will:

  • have the skills and knowledge to carry out the role of the International Solidarity Officer
  • have enhanced their knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning about the key concepts of Global Citizenship – interdependence, diversity, human rights, peace and conflict and sustainability
  • have gained strategies for tackling controversial issues
  • have evaluated activities that encourage action for change through collaborative classroom teaching strategies
  • have begun to plan and organise international solidarity projects for their school, local association or division

Date: Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th November 2017

Venue: Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham. NG32 2LN.

Fee: Free for NUT members

Using Film in the Classroom – 8-9 November 2017 – Manchester

Young people have very powerful reactions to what they see on screen. The NUT is very pleased to be working in collaboration with IntoFilm (delivering the BFI 5-19 Education Scheme). Through courses in using film in the classroom and our filmmaking courses we can offer teachers links to professional filmmakers and the film industry. Led by specialist filmmakers, the course will cover the language of film as well as practical hands-on training offering all teachers the opportunity to examine how to use film to enhance their everyday teaching.

We will examine:

  • how to use film as a tool for improving young people’s comprehension, analysis and deduction skills
  • how teachers can use the unique ability of film to engage all pupils across a range of curricular subjects
  • how film analysis can lead to the creation of quality writing for a range of uses
  • how simple filmmaking can be harnessed in the classroom to help teachers asses and engage pupils
  • how filmmaking can be used as at a catalyst for creative work
  • how animation can be created with pupils in a rage of subjects for a range of uses
  • basic film making techniques enabling participants to run sessions using whatever equipment to which they have access
  • how using film can narrow gaps in access to cultural resources

Date: Wednesday 8th – Thursday 9th November 2017

Venue: Manchester – Residential

Fee: Free for NEU (NUT) members, £150 for non-members.

Note – This is a repeat of the Belton course, taking place 16-17 October.

Using Film in the Classroom – 16-17 October 2017 – Belton

Young people have very powerful reactions to what they see on screen. The NUT is very pleased to be working in collaboration with IntoFilm (delivering the BFI 5-19 Education Scheme). Through courses in using film in the classroom and our filmmaking courses we can offer teachers links to professional filmmakers and the film industry. Led by specialist filmmakers, the course will cover the language of film as well as practical hands-on training offering all teachers the opportunity to examine how to use film to enhance their everyday teaching.

We will examine:

  • how to use film as a tool for improving young people’s comprehension, analysis and deduction skills
  • how teachers can use the unique ability of film to engage all pupils across a range of curricular subjects
  • how film analysis can lead to the creation of quality writing for a range of uses
  • how simple filmmaking can be harnessed in the classroom to help teachers asses and engage pupils
  • how filmmaking can be used as at a catalyst for creative work
  • how animation can be created with pupils in a rage of subjects for a range of uses
  • basic film making techniques enabling participants to run sessions using whatever equipment to which they have access
  • how using film can narrow gaps in access to cultural resources

Date: Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017

Venue: Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham. NG32 2LN.

Fee: Free for NEU (NUT) members, £150 for non-members.

Note – This course will be repeated on 8-9 November in Manchester.

Getting Behaviour Right – 5-6 October 2017

This course has two parts and it is mandatory to attend both.
Part One: 5-6 October 2017 (Thu-Fri)
Part Two: 5 February 2018 (Mon)

We all know that positive behaviour management is essential to high-quality teaching and learning. We believe that all teachers need to develop a wide-range of skills to positively manage behaviour. We also believe that there is no easy box of magic tricks for teachers – rather we believe that teachers would benefit from a solid grounding in behaviour theory and, more importantly, how to put those theories into a context that allows you to build positive relationships with students and enhance both your professional life and your students’ learning.

After the first two-day residential programme, participants will have the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice and undertake some research back in school before returning to share their learning with colleagues at Part Two to be held in February 2018.

Date: Thursday 5th October –  Friday 6th October 2017, then Monday 5th February 2018.

Venue: Horwood Estate, Mursley Road, Little Horwood, Milton Keynes. MK17 0PH.

Fee: Free for NEU (NUT) members, £150 for non-members.

Funding Lobby – Tuesday 24th October

On Tuesday 24 October, the National Education Union and our partners will hold a major public rally and lobby of Parliament.

In terms of how the money is shared out, it is clear the funding system shouldn’t be reformed to give more money to some schools by taking money away from others. Fairer school funding can only be achieved by putting more money into the system – so schools that need more money can receive it while other schools’ funding is protected.

At the same time as cuts to school funding, the effects of previous funding decisions taken since 2010 continue to be felt across England and Wales. Reductions to capital funding means an increasing backlog of repairs and renovations; inadequate early years funding denies nursery schools the money they need to survive; and FE and sixth form colleges have been hit even harder than schools by the past seven years of cuts.

We are calling on the Chancellor to invest in education and children and young people when he delivers his Budget statement to Parliament this autumn. We want:

  • Additional funding to reverse all funding cuts to date the resources to implement a fair funding formula, and to ensure no school loses out in real terms over the next five years.
  • To keep education funding a high priority, we’ll be debating school cuts at our fringe meetings and on our stand at TUC Congress and at party conferences.

If you want to be a part of our lobby on Tuesday 24 October, please visit https://neu.org.uk/funding and fill in the form We will then email you with further details.