Wellbeing, Care and Learning - Children



May 2015

School Organisation Development

Martin Surtees – a presentation on this will be delivered at the Branch Secretaries meeting scheduled for May 13th.


September 2014

School Improvement Service Review

There has been no further update on this review; any decision has been put on hold until December.


July 2014

School Improvement Service Review

Attendance staff – Following consultation on the proposals, EOI and interviews took place W/C 9th June 2014 for the 3 enhanced roles at N8.

The current structure was:

The new Structure is:


June 2014

School Improvement Service Review

Attendance Staff had meeting 23rd May, they have faced reductions in the last two years, there will not be a selection process this year for this section.

Meeting with Jan Corlett 4th June to go through detail on School Improvement.

Martin Surtees has proposals around existing Specialist posts. These proposals have to be agreed by Ewen Weir before further discussion.


May 2014

School Improvement Service Review

Nothing further to report at this time but have asked for an update from Martin Surtees (Assistant Director Education) as soon as possible.


April 2014

School Improvement Service Review: Attendance & Behaviour Briefing, 27th March at Benfield School

As part of the review of SIS a priority area was to include attendance. This included the role of Ofsted and the agenda regarding Children missing Education. Also funding – through schools forum.

There were workshops held with schools to look at different funding arrangements.

Forum voted to support funding.

Statutory plus offer – 3 FTE and statutory minimum 4 FTE. Total 7 posts – traded is on top of this.

There would have to be an annual vote on statutory plus offer and would need to evidence the value of this each year.

Some schools have indicated that they would like to take staff ‘in-house’.

Anti-bullying – monies not available from autumn through school forum.

Staff who have requested VR where possible this will be supported and will be communicated over the next two weeks.

Management capacity will also be reviewed.

The identified 4 and 3 roles – roles and responsibilities will need to be looked at and may be a need to look at Job Evaluation and grading.

Potentially there may be some posts where there could be a higher grade.

Martin Surtees and Mick McCracken to look at new roles with HR may be ready after Easter.

Anti – Bullying, Behaviour – will look at whether needs a revised offer from September. Newcastle Families to fund.


School Redundancies

Various school redundancies including:


March 2014

Hadrian school

A meeting took place with Support Staff who had raised concerns regarding Single Status and additional medical duties. I have asked staff to outline any changes and suggested a further meeting takes place.


February 2014

School Improvement Service Review: Background and Scope of the Review

Staff Briefings took place 28th January. This gave the background for the review, the scope which excludes Financial and Governor Services and the Timeline.

The reason for the review –

There will be a series of workshops aiming to generate recommendations by end of February. The implementation should be in place from September 2014.

There will be discussions with schools regarding Connexions but there is not a perspective that there will be change. This is also the case regarding Employability and Skills but looking to strengthen. In relation to SEN support the Families and Children Bill changes could mean changes in tracking outcomes and in organising. This will be considered over the next three months.

Further discussion will be needed on any impact in relation to Attendance, Family Support, Sure Start and the Troubled Families Programme.

There will be a full staff briefing at the end of February, weekly updates will be circulated and there are meetings in place with school Head Teachers.


December 2013

Thomas Walling School

Meeting with staff November 21st to discuss TUPE arrangements, looks likely that this will convert to Academy status in April 2014


November 2013

Thomas Walling School

Outlined last Branch Committee that there had been a delay on the Academy Order for Thomas Walling – this has now come through and a meeting is scheduled for staff with HR and Trade Unions on 21st November to discuss TUPE arrangements. We have already met with staff when this was first under discussion and we will be attending on 21st.


October 2013

School Improvement Service Review

Martin Surtees and Jan Corlett are reviewing this area although there is a longer time scale for completing the review as Service Level Agreements are already in place for this academic year.


Academies and Foundation Trusts Proposals

Foundation Trust -Newcastle Special Schools – Hadrian, Bridges, Sir Charles Parsons and Thomas Bewick – implementation date September 2013.

Foundation Trust – 9 primary schools under Kenton Academy – Cheviot, Farne, Kenton Bar, Kingston Park, Mountfield, North Fawdon, Stocksfield Avenue, Thomas Walling and Wyndham – implementation date September 2013.

It should be noted that Thomas Walling decided not to go ahead as part of the trust but were instead actively moving towards Academy status. There has been a delay on the Academy Order for this –we are awaiting further information.

Gosforth Schools Trust – Archibald First, Brunton First, Broadway East First, Dinnington First, Gosforth Park First, Grange First, Regent Farm First, South Gosforth First, Archbishop Runcie First, Gosforth Central Middle, Gosforth East Middle. – Implementation date 1st April 2014.

Heaton Ouseburn learning trust – Benton Park Primary, Chillingham Road Primary, Cragside Primary, Heaton Manor Primary, Hotspur Primary, Ravenswood Primary and West Jesmond Primary in addition Christchurch Primary is expected to become an Associate Member. Implementation is proposed as January 2014.

Walkergate Federation – Walkergate Primary, Walkergate Early Years – implementation September 2013

Outer West Learning Trust – Beech Hill Primary, Lemington, Riverside, Milecastle, Newburn Manor, Simonside, Throckley, Walbottle Campus, Walbottle Village, Waverley, West Denton, Westerhope. Implementation due January 2014.


New on Site


Learning at Work Week

15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.

Distance Courses

Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.


NEC Elections

Branch nominations and ballot details.

'There For You’ Newsletter

This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.


Branch Lottery

Winners in March.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

Executive pay bandwagon rolls on

Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay

Employment law changes this April

New minimum wage rates kick in

UK lags on maternity

Merger heralds new teaching union

Consultation on caste discrimination



New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

Inflation leaps to 3.2%

More regulation of gig economy needed

Appalling risk of suicides in construction

Fat cats — the great pay divide

Racist abuse after Brexit vote

Lack of diversity at top in Wales


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

Swings and scooters of inflation basket

No real improvement in weekly earnings

Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage

Zero-hours contracts at record high

Unemployment falls below 1.6 million


AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget

Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

Company merger and acquisitions in 2016

Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high

GMB take on DX delivery firm

Former chancellor's nice big earner

Charter to stop violence at work


March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

Trade Union Act regs come into force

Gender pension gap leaves women short

Violence at work — the nasty truth

Bookseller's £7m salary

Money purchase pension are norm

British Gas denied appeal in Lock case

Government fails in ethnicity review


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.


Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

Government green paper on pensions

A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay

Employers — don't miss out on talent

Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff

Economic growth revised upwards

Work fears of disabled people revealed

In the papers

Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East


Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess


Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


Affiliations and donations

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


In the papers

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

Racism at work

Economy grows but there's a shortfall

Advice on gender pay gap from Acas

Tories offer no solution on discrimination

Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools


A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

Death by a thousand fire service cuts

Guidance on stress

Modern-day slave traders jailed

Fees let bad bosses get off scot free

Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017

Get tough on pay, says pension funds


Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act

Inflation rates at highest since 2014

Retail inflation eating into earnings growth

UK unemployment at nine-year low

In the Papers

Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint

TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights

Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage

High street store fined over safety

Manufacturing output edges higher

Child poverty briefing


Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff

Plans for a Universal Basic Income

2017 — economic forecasts for year

'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone

Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts

UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse

UK economic growth revised upwards